Bonehead said:And then your shrubs will forever be 'in jail' - I think you have to consider all your options (prune, don't prune, replace with fence, replace with deer resistant shrub). This is a very familiar site here in the Pacific NW, commonly referred to as penis-trees (sorry).
MoonShadows said: Personally, I wouldn't trim the shrub up to that level either; it will look horrible..
Only in "jail" for the winter when the damage is done, and you are not outside to enjoy them anyway. You remove the fencing in the Spring when the deer have plenty of other food and put it back just before the next Winter.