How High Can a Deer Jump?

Deers appear to be harmless and are considered the most hunted animals in the world. However, they can be a source of annoyance for many; particularly for the inhabitants of deer neighbourhoods, and even for the hunters.

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Anyone who has got the chance to witness a deer sprinting and jumping can testify to how unusually high a deer jump can be. But exactly how high can deer jump?

Simple answer: On average a deer can jump up to eight feet! However, depending on the type of deer species under consideration, the height of a deer jump can be different.

We’ll share more details on how a deer’s jump can vary among different types of deer. But before we do that, let’s talk about why would one be interested in this topic in the first place. Presumably, there can only be 2 reasons:

  • You may be into gardening with your vegetation being invaded by deers
  • Or to know more about deers species to hunt them more efficiently
How High Can a Deer Jump

Though it is surely tempting to quickly find the perfect answer for whichever of the above-mentioned problems brings you here, you may have to dig deeper into your deer issue.

Before we share how high various deer types can jump, along with how to achieve complete deer deterrence, let’s first address the root causes of what possibly brings them to your yard so often.

Why Is Your Yard Being Invaded By a Deer?

Below are the biggest two reasons a deer is invading your garden:

Ineffective Deer Fence

Well, you might already be familiar with this reason by now. There is certainly a great chance that your fence height is short. On average, a deer jump is often measured to be from 6 to 8 feet lickety-split and if your fence is even 6 feet high, you can now very much understand the constant deer nuisance.

Your Plants’ Type

It may sound like a no-brainer, but the type of plants you might be growing in your garden attracts deers in the first place. If your yard has Petunias, Sunflowers, and Hostas (a deer favorite!), you will attract more deer than normal.

Does The Deer Jump Vary for Different Deer Species?

For the complete eradication of your deer-related problem (or if you plan on hunting deers of course), you would need to know the variant features of the commonly found species of deer near you. These pieces of evidence by researchers, clearly depict that different breeds of deers have varying jump heights.

Whitetail Deer

With the rapid proliferation in its population and acclimatization to urban settlements, white-tailed deer is a regular to the neighbouring yards in Northern America. Being one of the most athletic deers, a white-tailed deer can jump high up to 8 feet easily from a static position and while running up to 10 feet.

Mule Deer

A very common breed of deer in North America, which is most popular for its unique ears. A mule deer can jump up to a height of 3 to 5 feet from a standing position. A mule deer have also been reported to cover a whopping 15 feet jump distance (length of jump) while sprinting.

Baby Deer

Baby deer is called a fawn and considering its young age it is often assumed that it cannot run, jump high or even jump properly. Well to break this myth and to your surprise, a baby deer is a fast runner and may easily jump up to 4 feet high.

How High Can a Deer Jump

Black-Tailed Deer

This breed of deer is actually a sub-species of a mule deer and is mostly found in Northern California. Like its originating species, this deer can also jump really high. It can make a steady jump of about five feet high and can manage to cover a jump distance of about 12 feet.

Red Deer

A hunter’s eye candy, a red deer is the most hunted species of deer. As quick as any other type of deer, they can easily escape from a six feet fence and manage a jump distance of above 10 feet.

Other types, such as roe deer, fallow deer, and muntjac deer also have an average jumping range of 5 to 8 feet.

The above-mentioned jumping patterns among each type of deer can assist hunters in knowing their prey better as well as can help people who have concerns relating to gardens’ protection.

How To Deer-Proof Your Garden Effectively?

While we are clear about how high each type of deer can jump up to, planning on deer-proofing your garden would be considerably easier for you now.

Right Height of Fence

As established above, on average a deer of any breed may jump up to a maximum of eight feet. So to keep deer away or protect your gardens, the ideal height of your fence must be a little above 8 feet.

Go For Stockade Fence

Likely, a deer may not jump over your fence if it does not see beyond it, similar to out of sight out of mind. Stockade fencing is ideal if you seek complete protection against deer invasions. You might yourself feel a little fenced-in initially, but this would be an ideal solution for the protection of your plants.

Focus On The Material of Fence

PVC-coated steel hex web mesh and plastic fences both obstruct deers’ vision and are recommended materials for protection against deers. A deer cannot see the green light but sees best in the yellow, deep blue, and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum. The materials used in PVC-coated steel hex web mesh and plastic fences badly reflect these wavelengths, thus affecting the deer’s vision. As a result, you may be able to protect your space most in a very unexpected manner.

Regular Maintenance of Fence

Deer are smart animals and can easily spot loopholes if any present in your fences. They can easily push their bodies through a gap or any small opening. Ensure to regularly update your fence, as it should be unbreachable always.


A deer cannot of course read a danger’s sign which would prevent it from leaping over the fence. In fact, deers don’t just see a fence and jump, there’s mostly a triggering factor behind it. Either they can sense some food, most likely are hungry, or can even be in danger which may often lead them to leap higher than usual.

An eight feet high fence is the top solution for a deer problem, but you may have to do more than that. It might take years but try growing deer-repellent plants to completely avoid inviting them to your gardens. Also, deer-repellent sprays or scaring a deer away with the right weapon such as a deer shotgun can be an answer to many of your deer-deterrence queries.

This four feet animal is not only your vegetations’ biggest foe but also affects your health as well. Deers are the ultimate source of Lyme disease, the ticks they carry, reach your ground can make you sick.


In this article we explained how high various species of deer can jump. 

We also shared how there are 2 reasons one would be interested in this topic.

Firstly, to hunt a deer successfully and quickly, one has to be well-informed abouts its movements, features, types, and how high they can jump.  

Secondly, living in the same territory as a deer, especially trying to maintain a garden, can be a tricky business. Quite possibly it is the improper fencing or deer-friendly plants which make it infeasible for you to achieve a deer-free garden.

Animals like deers are built for jumping high, so to hunt them aptly and to keep them away from your precious vegetation, you would need to know how high each type of deer can jump. On average any type of deer, be it a Whitetail deer or the Blacktail one, all are estimated to jump from five to eight feet in height. So, whichever breed of deer resides near you, you can make your hunting and gardening preparations in accordance with it.

In case you want to deer-proof your yard, you must consider the average jump height of deers while you opt for fencing your plants. Other than the height of the fence, you must pay equal attention to the type of fencing and the material you are going to utilize. Also, to completely guard your plants against deers you must regularly maintain your fences.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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