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One-of-a-kind Wildlife Gate Designs for one-of-a-kind clients!

JDR Metal Art’s wildlife themed driveway gates & gate designs are artistically created just for you and made to look like real life. Whether you own a wildlife preserve, hunting retreat, an outfitter, cabin in the woods, or just love wildlife in general…

We will work with you or your contractor to create the perfect wildlife themed driveway gate design for your property entrance.

Our nature scenes feature a practically unlimited variety of different animals and wildlife such as whitetail & mule deer, elk, moose, bears, foxes, ducks, birds, turkeys, pheasants, hogs, alligators and practically anything else you could want on your gate.

The following designs are just a small sample of the 100’s of wildlife themed driveway gates we’ve done all throughout the U.S. over the past decade. Use them as inspiration to create your very own 100% personalized driveway gate design.


Gate Design 1W:

Tallahassee Driveway Gates – Florida Wildlife Theme

Large 27′ single slide driveway gate panel, metal art design with deer, turkeys, ducks and cypress trees. Designed for a hunting preserve outside Tallahassee, Florida. Handcrafted from aluminum.

Sliding aluminum gate, 20' wide. designed by JDR Metal Art.

Gate Design 2W:

American Flag Gate – 20′ Dual Swing – Steel

Driveway gates with custom gate design of American Flag, plasma cut steel design for driveway entrance.

This is a 20′ wide dual swing gate with an American flag, two whitetail bucks, a doe, four ducks and three turkeys. There is also a groundhog, two bunnies and a squirrel. Gate was delivered to client in Missouri.


Gate Design 3W:

Ohio Whitetail Deer – 12′ Single Swing – Steel

Driveway gates with custom wildlife deer silhouette design. Handcrafted from steel by JDR Metal Art.

This is one of our most popular driveway gates. It’s a single panel swing entry gate that measures 11′ wide and 6′ tall. This particular gate is hung to swing in toward the property from hinge brackets which are bolted to the backside of the upright timbers. We typically supply a steel post from which to hang the gate.

This design features a large whitetail buck standing proudly in the grass out in front of some trees, along with a fox and a turkey in the background.

The gate frame is crafted from steel square tubing. The metal silhouette is cut from 1/8″ sheet steel. Weighs approximately 250 lbs. Gate is located off a quite back country road between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.


Gate Design 4W:

Ohio Whitetail Deer & Pines – 20′ Dual Swing – Steel

Driveway gates decorative plasma cut by JDR Metal Art whitetail deer dual swing

This dual swing metal art entrance gate is automated with a Liftmaster LA 412 solar powered gate opener. It features a whitetail buck and doe and was installed in north central Ohio. Each gate panel is 10′ wide x 6′ tall.


Gate Design 5W:

Louisiana – Custom Swamp Theme: Cypress, Deer, Gators, Ducks

driveway gate design with deer alligators ducks turkey silhouettes by jdr metal art 2017 2

This is a 16′ wide dual swing gate with an assortment of different swamp creatures: a buck, doe and a fawn. Also, five ducks, a turkey and three alligators. Add to that some cat tails, grass and cypress trees.

1/8″ sheet steel silhouettes were each plasma cut and then welded into heavy duty 2″ square tubing frame with heavy duty hinges.

This Louisiana driveway gate design has proven to be quite popular in the short time since we first designed it in 2017..it’s been modified to fit several other properties across the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Florida.


Gate Design 6W:

Oklahoma Elk Driveway Gate – 15′ Single Swing  – Steel

Oklahoma driveway gate featuring steel elk & turkeys design for Three Wild Turkeys elk farm a short drive north of Oklahoma City. One of three shown. 6×6 steel posts with matching black powder coat finish.

Elk driveway gate design in front of Oklahoma driveway entrance.

Gate Design 7W:

West Virginia – 14′ Dual Swing – Steel

This front entry gate was made for a farm in West Virginia. They installed it themselves and did a fantastic job. This is one of the first sets of powder coated gates after building the powder coat oven in 2014.

Artistic farm driveway gate in West Virginia featuring deer and turkey silhouettes plasma cut by JDR Metal Art.

Gate Design 8W:

Colorado Driveway Gates with Elk, Bear, American Flag & Mountain Theme

Driveway gates with plasma cut mountains, elk, bear and American flag.
Colorado driveway gates with elk wildlife design for metal driveway gate.

This is a 16′ dual swing driveway gate with a custom gate design for a client with a property up in the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado. We really love how this one turned out, especially the American Flag in the center and the cute little bear cubs on the ends!


Gate Design 9W:

Columbus Georgia Driveway Gate – 14′ Single Swing Steel with LA 500 Gate Opener

Columbus Georgia driveway gates by JDR Metal Art

This project was for a very down to earth client in rural Georgia. It was a real pleasure. After reading our handy dandy driveway gate installation guide he installed the driveway gate posts by himself. We then came back and hung the gate for him and installed a solar powered Liftmaster LA 500 gate opener.


Gate Design 10W:

Missouri Driveway Gate – Three Deer Wildlife Scene Drive Gate

Front entry gate with deer wildlife silhouettes made with a plasma cutter.

This ornamental wildlife entry gate is one of our favorite pieces built to date. At 18′ long, there is an additional 12′ structure on the end (not visible here) to turn it into a sliding gate. Features two whitetail bucks, a doe and two fawns in a Missouri woodland setting.


Gate Design 11W:

Georgia Mountain Themed Deer Gate – Steel

This is one of our favorite deer gates, each gate panel is 6′ wide x 6′ tall: 12′ total width. The whitetail buck and doe are accompanied by turkeys on the left side gate panel.

Texas gates by JDR Metal Art

Gate Design 12W:

New York Single Swing 11′ Gate – Steel

11' single swing driveway gate with metal art lodge cutouts.

Custom built for a lodge in upstate New York. This is a powder coated 11′ single swing steel driveway entrance gate. Plasma cut from rugged 3/16″ sheet metal, the gate design features a lodge in the mountains with wildlife, two bears and a deer, grass, mountains and tree accents.


Gate Design 13W:

Washington 22′ Dual Swing Moose & Bear Gate – Steel

Plasma cut driveway gate design with moose & bear silhouettes. 22′ wide dual swing.

Ornamental Driveway Gates Bear Moose by JDR Metal Art 2014 Copy

Gate Design 14W:

Illinois 20′ Wildlife Driveway Gates – Corten Steel

Illinois artist metal entry gates with deer and fox silhouettes plasma cut by JDR Metal Art.

This 20′ dual swing deer gate was designed to rust to a fine purple patina. Mounted to local stone columns, it is made from Corten weathering steel and will develop a beautiful rust patina over time until eventually the rust achieves its final look; a slightly purple-hued rustic finish that seals itself off from further rusting.

We installed these dual swing gates at a private hunting reserve in Cuba, Illinois.

For openers to install Apollo model 3500/3600 driveway gate openers along with an automatic exit wand and a wireless intercom/keypad system.

The weather was uncooperative with lots of rain, high wind, and then snow but we survived and this picture was taken and sent to us the next spring by Jeff Martin, landscape architect for this project which now features native prairie grass and wildflowers along each side of the driveway.


 

Gate Design 15W:

Missouri Driveway Gates- 14′ Dual Swing Bear & Deer – Steel

Driveway Gate Bear Deer Bear Paw Ranch Missouri plasma cut by JDR Metal Art

The bear depicted on these plasma cut ranch gates happens to be “Gentle Ben” of TV fame in the 1960’s…now memorialized in steel making up the driveway gate at Bear Paw Ranch in St. James, Missouri where Gentle Ben was born and raised.

The gate was custom designed and fabricated for the gentleman who now owns the ranch. Our client’s son’s wedding was coming up soon and the project was time critical. We were able to get the gate delivered to him to be installed with a couple days to spare before the wedding. A whitetail deer is featured on the other half of the gate.

A truly one-of-a-kind design!


Gate Design 16W:

New York – 16′ Dual Swing – Steel

This 16′ bear-themed entry gate was built for a fun couple who spend their time between Florida and their family farm, the Mountain View Estate, in the beautiful Adirondacks in upstate New York.

We had the gates powder coated with zinc rich primer for corrosion control with  a flat bronze topcoat. We delivered the gates from Columbus, Ohio to New York and installed them there along with an Estate Swing 1000D automatic opener package.

New York driveway gates with bear wildlife scene and stone columns.

 

Gate Design 17W:

Tennessee 16′ Dual Swing Elk & Mountains – Steel

Elk driveway gate design by JDR Metal Art

Gate Design 18W:

Ohio Deer, Rabbit & Squirrel- 16′ Dual Swing  – Steel

A detailed driveway gate with custom lettering, whitetail deer, pheasant, pine trees, flying birds, squirrels, rabbits, day lilies and an English Springer Spaniel. Total width including the side panels is 24′.

Deer Pheasant Driveway Gate Wildlife

Gate Design 19W:

Washington Deer Themed Driveway Gates

12′ dual swing metal driveway gates with oak tree gate design and deer family.

Metal gates with tree for Washington home.
Tree/Deer Theme – Washington State

Gate Design 20W:

Bison Themed Driveway Gate

Bison gate theme with tree, grass and mountains for Alabama bison farm.

Bison and Bear Ranch Driveway Gate
Bison themed driveway gate with silhouette of bison under a tree.
Plasma cut bison made from steel with arched top on swinging gate for Alabama bison farm.

Gate Design 21W:

Nashville Tennessee Driveway Gates

Nashville metal driveway gates handcrafted from Aluminum! This is a 16′ dual swing deer antler themed gate. After the first design draft we were told we had to made the deer antlers smaller because they don’t have large whitetails in TN 🙂

Deer antler driveway gate design.

Gate Design 22:

Whitetail Driveway Gate Design with a Creek & Other Wildlife

This is a 14′ dual swing metal entrance gate with a large whitetail buck on the left, pine tree in the center, flying birds. There are a rabbit and a squirrel standing beside a rushing mountain stream.

white tail deer metal driveway gate design 1

Gate Design 23:

Lexington Kentucky Hunting Theme Entry Gate – 18′ Dual Swing – Steel

This dual swing ornamental driveway gate is plasma cut from steel and features a hunting design theme custom made for our client in Lexington, Kentucky. Each gate panel is 9′ wide and 6′ tall.

Design of driveway gates with hunting dogs, hunter, pheasants, clouds, trees and deer in hills background nature scene.

Hunting driveway gate silhouette theme that has been plasma cut from steel.


Haven’t Seen Any Design That Hits Home Yet?

 

No worries, we will create exactly the gate you’re looking for with a totally personalized custom driveway gate design!

 If you have a theme in mind we can design a gate that will be meet or exceed all your expectations. If you are able to provide us with a picture of your entrance then we can actually show you what the gate will look like before the first cut is ever made.

You can also check out our ornamental  tree gates here & horse gates here. If you are interested in having us create a custom design for you or have any other questions then feel free to contact us.

Most customers typically choose steel construction for their gate. We also build them from aluminum whenever the situation calls for it. Whether steel or aluminum best meets your needs, they can be made to custom fit your driveway no matter the size.

Thank you for taking the time to look at some of the unique driveway gates we’ve enjoyed putting together here at JDR Metal Art.

━━━ FAQS

Do you have any questions about our custom driveway gates? Check out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions…

The driveway gate should be at least a foot or two wider than your driveway. You have to be sure to leave room for the hinges. If there is concrete or asphalt, use a tape measure and start about a foot away from the hard driveway surface. Measure across the driveway to about a foot past the hard surface on the other side. 

Some local jurisdictions require at least a 14′ driveway gate opening to allow their full sized emergency equipment to easily pass through in the event of an emergency. We recommend at least a 12′ wide driveway gate for all other areas. This helps avoid “close call” gate collisions with distracted delivery drivers.

swinging driveway gate is much easier to install and automate than a sliding driveway gate. A sliding driveway gate requires more room to operate in most instances,  and is more expensive to automate than a swinging driveway gate. A sliding driveway gate requires extra supports welded to the end of the gate for a cantilever style sliding gate.

A single swing gate is typically used for up to a 12′ wide driveway. Anything larger than 12′ wide generally will be a dual swing gate. A curved driveway may be better for a dual swing gate, depending on which side of the curve the gate hinge post will be located.

If you live in a rural area then you most likely will not need to apply for a driveway gate permit if you want to install a new custom driveway gate on your property. City or county planning may require a permit to install or replace a residential driveway gate, but not in every instance. Consult with the local building department to confirm.

The batteries need to be tested yearly and typically last 3-4 years before needing replacement.

Yes, with the proper planning and tools anyone can install our driveway gates because the gate simply bolts to the post, there is no need for any welding. The gates can be set down on wood blocks laid on the ground to get the desired ground clearance, bolted to the gate post, and the post hole filled with concrete.

It depends on our customer’s needs because steel and aluminum each have their advantages and disadvantages.

Steel is very strong and durable but is also relatively heavy and will rust if not properly coated.

Aluminum weighs 60% less than steel, is extremely corrosion resistant and exceptionally strong for it’s weight. Aluminum is also more expensive than steel and more challenging to work with.

Keeping those factors in mind is helpful when considering which material to use in the construction of your gate.

Steel gates generally weigh approximately 25 lbs per linear foot. Therefore a 10′ steel gate panel would weigh approximately 250lbs.

Aluminum gates generally weigh approximately 8.3 lbs/ft. Therefore a 10′ aluminum gate panel would weigh approximately 83lbs.

These weights are rough estimates only, please contact us to learn more about a specific gate you may have in mind.

Depending on the gate design and material, from $400-1000 dollars per linear foot. Therefore a 10′ gate panel would be anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000.

Once the customer chooses a design we ask for a 50% down payment to begin building the driveway gates for your project. The remaining balance is due at the time of completion.

If you choose one of our existing driveway gate designs there is no charge. For new gate designs, depending on the complexity of the project we may require a design deposit of up to $1,000.

Our lead time to completion is usually 6 to 8 weeks from the time a down payment is made. Larger or exceptionally intricate projects may take longer to complete.

The best gate designs for driveways should balance function with form. A driveway gate design makes an impression as to the owner’s personality. The gate design should be created from either steel or aluminum for metal driveway gates. JDR Metal Art has over 100 high-quality driveway gate designs and creates brand new gate designs every month.

Start designing a ranch gate by first getting the measurements together, such as the width of the opening and the desired height of the gate. Then think about whether you want the top arched, flat, and with or without decorative elements such as finials (spears). A ranch gate can be old-world wrought iron style or a modern ranch gate with a stunning plasma cut artistic design of ranch animals such as horses and equine, cattle, bison, or exotics. 

The single steel swinging gate design is the most functional type of driveway gate because it only requires one gate post and can be easily installed. The double open swing gate is more complex as it requires two gate posts and takes more effort to make sure the swinging gate panels align properly when they are in the closed position. Design: Swing Steel Gate For Home, Farm, Ranch or Estate.

The driveway gate should be at least a foot or two wider than your driveway. You have to be sure to leave room for the hinges. If there is concrete or asphalt, use a tape measure and start about a foot away from the hard driveway surface. Measure across the driveway to about a foot past the hard surface on the other side. 

Driveway gates typically come in standard manufactured heights of 48″, 60″ and 72″ tall. Other sizes would require a custom order to be placed. The height of the gate should match with the fencing that the gate may be connected to. ontent

A driveway gate can increase the curb appeal of a property by adding an impressive and stylish feature to the entrance of a home or estate. It can create an immediate visual impact, setting the tone for the rest of the property. A well-designed driveway gate can convey a sense of security, exclusivity, and sophistication. It can also enhance the overall aesthetics of a property by complementing its architectural style, landscape design, and color scheme.

Moreover, a driveway gate can act as a focal point of the property and can be customized to reflect the owner’s personal style and interests. For example, a ranch-style gate can suit a country-style property, while a wildlife-themed gate can be ideal for a nature lover. A tree-themed gate can be perfect for a property surrounded by trees. A horse-themed gate can be an excellent choice for a property with equestrian facilities.

A driveway gate can also add value to a property. Equipping your gate with an automatic opener has the potential of increasing your home’s value by several percent. It can increase the perceived value of a home or estate, making it more attractive to potential buyers. It can also increase the property’s actual value, as it is a desirable feature that not all properties have. Overall, a driveway gate can be a significant investment for a property owner, but it can also be a valuable addition that enhances the property’s curb appeal, security, and value.

For a sliding driveway gate, it can be built to practically any width up to 40′ or more. The largest we’ve built is 37′ single slide gate that had to be shipped on a flatbed trailer. For a swinging driveway gate, even the best driveway gate openers can only handle up to a 16′ or 18′ single swing gate.  We’ve built many 16′ single swing gates. 

An electric swinging driveway gate can only open up to 110 degrees. This is due to mechanical restrictions of the opener arms. Certain types of electric gate openers, such as a pad-mounted opener only “pulls to open” i.e. if you were standing on the home side of your gates, the gate opener only opens the gate towards the house, not out towards the road.

For driveway gate clearance above the ground, we typically see clients going with 4″ to 6″ ground clearance. For clearance between the gate and the gate post, there should be 3.5″ to 4″ of clearance. For clearance between the gate and a latching post (single swing gates) we recommend 1″ space so hands can’t get crushed when the gate is going into the closed position. 

Driveway Gate Sizes Are as follows:

We build 10′ driveway gates, 12′ driveway gates, 14′ driveway gates, 16′ driveway gates, 18′ driveway gates, 20′ driveway gates, 22′ driveway gates, and 24′ driveway gates. Custom gates are sized to the inch, up to 40′ long.

The metals we use are only of the highest quality. All our stock steel and aluminum is stamped “Made in USA.”

For our steel driveway gates we always use a minimum of 1/8″ (.125 inch thick) material thickness for all gate construction.

Load bearing components such as the hinge rails are always at least 3/16″ in wall thickness.

For our aluminum driveway gates, the minimum material thickness is 3/16″. 

Our standard mounting posts are made from 4×4″ square tubing with a minimum of 1/4″ wall thickness. We also build 6×6, 8×8 and larger gate posts.

Electric driveway gates come in a wide range of sizes, designs and quality. The average cost to install an electric gate is between $8,000 to $25,00, with average customers paying around $12,500 for a single swing 12 foot automated gate completely installed from start to finish.

There are typically two options. If solar power will work for your application (you need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day to provide an adequate charge), you can install solar panels that are rated for a solar capable gate opener such as the Liftmaster LA 412 (residential duty) or LA 500 (commercial duty).

If you are running AC power to the site, you will need to install a 110 volt 20 amp power supply to one side of the gate entrance, where the gate opener control box will be located. This will be used to charge the batteries on your electric gate operators. The power wire should be appropriately sized to the length of the overall run to account for voltage drop.

Most gate openers contain either 12v or 24v batteries which are charged with 120v electric or by a solar panel. Only the largest gate openers, such as the Liftmaster CSW200, are run directly by 120v AC power.

Electric gates consume very little electricity at a single-family residence. The gates use practically no power while they are in standby mode. A single fully charged battery will open and close a gate 300 cycles without being charged.

A gated community will use much more power, but still not enough cost to be more than a passing concern.

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A driveway gate can increase the curb appeal of a property by adding an impressive and stylish feature to the entrance of a home or estate. It can create an immediate visual impact, setting the tone for the rest of the property. A well-designed driveway gate can convey a sense of security, exclusivity, and sophistication. It can also enhance the overall aesthetics of a property by complementing its architectural style, landscape design, and color scheme.
Moreover, a driveway gate can act as a focal point of the property and can be customized to reflect the owner’s personal style and interests. For example, a ranch-style gate can suit a country-style property, while a wildlife-themed gate can be ideal for a nature lover. A tree-themed gate can be perfect for a property surrounded by trees. A horse-themed gate can be an excellent choice for a property with equestrian facilities.
A driveway gate can also add value to a property. Equipping your gate with an automatic opener has the potential of increasing your home’s value by several percent. It can increase the perceived value of a home or estate, making it more attractive to potential buyers. It can also increase the property’s actual value, as it is a desirable feature that not all properties have. Overall, a driveway gate can be a significant investment for a property owner, but it can also be a valuable addition that enhances the property’s curb appeal, security, and value.

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