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Deer Fawns
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 09:56:07 PM »
Looks like it can just about walk. I saw one many many years ago. My father was cutting wood and the top must of hit the fawn. My father was limbing the tree and saw it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 10:05:04 PM »
Those fawn pictures are incredible.   :)
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2014, 10:41:56 PM »
I was checking a landowner's property that I take care of and stumbled upon the fawn by accident as it was trying to hide from me. I left it alone except for a picture and then saw the doe nearby. The fawn then wobbled across the access road where I'm sure its mother caught up with it. It appeared to be a recent new born.
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Re: Deer Fawns
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 11:51:39 PM »
We have a big doe that hides her fawns in the back portion of my donkey pen . If I see her around I take a walk around to see if I can find the little one , sometimes succesful most times not. Good pics . Red
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2014, 07:11:01 AM »
I've actually seen quite a few fawns this year.

Most years I only see one or two!
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Re: Deer Fawns
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2014, 08:05:07 AM »
Back in 2006-2007 we radio-collared 53 white-tailed deer fawns here in New Brunswick.   They give birth the first two weeks of June, and typically the female will commadere a field or small area all to herself.   Fawns are usually left in tall grass, shrubs , ferns or similar cover for most of the day and are only nursed for a few minutes every 3 or 4 hours.  During the first two weeks  of life, they lay very low and rely on their camoflage spots and lack of odor to conceal themselves. However, after two weeks they typically lie with their heads up looking to spot danger.  These fawns are quite mobile when you get close.

We tracked ours for 6 months and found coyote kiled 35% of them, black bear took 25%, bobcat, farm machinery and roadkills the rest.   As Ron can likely attest to, when they are this little, catching them is quite simple.

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2014, 08:17:25 AM »
Did any of the 53 live?
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2014, 05:01:36 PM »
We almost had to postpone our Memorial Day picnic. A fawn that appeared new born was under our picnic table.  :D It was there all day.

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 05:26:42 PM »
We almost had to postpone our Memorial Day picnic. A fawn that appeared new born was under our picnic table.  :D It was there all day.

It was waiting on the picnic. Who could resist sharing their picnic food with a fawn?
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 05:29:24 PM »
I saw a new born this weekend too. I could tell by the way the doe was moving just into the field, with her head and neck stretched out and her ears back and walking deliberately to look in the hay behind her. There it was, all wobbly legged yet.  :)
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 06:43:11 PM »
Neighbor mowed about a 10 acre field of alfalfa yesterday and said he kicked out 8 fawns. Didn't injure any of them, which is great. That field is just across the road.

He went over a turkey nest and several eggs were broken.

We've seen more fawns this year than normal. Had one fawn hiding out in a flower bed just 20 ft from the corner of the house. Saw it from the window.
I disturbed another fawn when lawn mowing and going into some tall spindly grass. I was about 5' from it when it stumbled up and toddled off, very similar in size and shape as the one Ron Scott posted.

Fun to see them. Short while ago a doe walked slowly through the woods next to the house, but could not detect a fawn around her. She was busy eating leaves and brush of some sort.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 07:50:02 PM »
We were out  for supper this past Saturday with a friend and his wife that puts up 6-7000 square bales and I don't know how many round bales a year. Earlier in the day he was mowing and at a certain spot, he could see the grass wiggling in front of him and go sideways. On the next pass, he'd watch and there it'd go, wiggling to the side. Finally when he was down to the last strip, he slowed a little and out bounced a fawn.

I've seen more fawns this year too. I thought with the bitter winter we had, the numbers would be down.

My neighbor has a doe hanging out in his backyard with two yearlings. He said she must not have took or she would've run the yearlings off. I never knew that.   ???
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He said she must not have took or she would've run the yearlings off. I never knew that

I've seen that too.
The deer kills on the highways increase during that time when they are run off, as they pretty much wander aimlessly about. They become "on their own" at that point.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2014, 10:55:53 PM »
Neighbor mowed about a 10 acre field of alfalfa yesterday and said he kicked out 8 fawns. Didn't injure any of them, which is great. That field is just across the road.

He went over a turkey nest and several eggs were broken.

We've seen more fawns this year than normal. Had one fawn hiding out in a flower bed just 20 ft from the corner of the house. Saw it from the window.
I disturbed another fawn when lawn mowing and going into some tall spindly grass. I was about 5' from it when it stumbled up and toddled off, very similar in size and shape as the one Ron Scott posted.

Fun to see them. Short while ago a doe walked slowly through the woods next to the house, but could not detect a fawn around her. She was busy eating leaves and brush of some sort.

Wish I could say the same thing BT!  :(

Today the farmer that my brother leases his fields to, showed up to mow the 50+ acres of hay.

We ran laps through the hay with the Gator and it was clear of fawns as best we knew then way up in the field a doe crossed from one side to the other and dropped her fawn (we didn't see it) just about a foot or so off the field road and the discbine got it.

Hearing it, then seeing it will make a man sick to his stomach!

Wish nature wasn't so strong and the little guys would run instead of drop!

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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2014, 12:26:06 AM »
Great pictures, Ron.
Here's one from a few years ago out in the yard. I'd guess they were a bit older than the ones in your picture.
I've been seeing quite a few deer and antelope fawn while out fencing.
Once while out riding across a meadow, kind of just day dreaming, one pops up in front of me and squeals. Well before I could even register what it was another jumps up right beside me. I think it's fair to say I forgot all about what I was day dreaming about :D
They're sure nice to see though.

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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2014, 12:57:51 AM »
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Those fawns appear to be mule deer, going by the big ears and size. Might they be?
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2014, 08:01:48 AM »
Those little bean-snippers will soon not be so innocent, as when mother doe brings them to a soybean field or your garden.

Authorities had made a study of the deer population in Missouri this early spring. A fellow hunter had spoken to the Game specialist in our area stating we have far too many does and to liberalize doe tags. The biologist said we need all those does :-\ :what really hurts is..those offiicials don't care enough about us farmers who are baring the brunt of crop damage from deer. No, they're only present to protect those deer eating my soybeans every day! ???

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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2014, 08:02:09 AM »
 

 

I caught this picture of a big fawn with spots on April 28 of this year.  It's way too big to be a fawn born this year.  I'd say it's 30" tall.  About a month later I kicked up two small fawns that were nimble enough to bound away.
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2014, 09:22:20 AM »
We took a ride around and through the Tree Farm yesterday in the Golf Car.  We saw one fawn that had already lost it's spots.  She also saw three snakes.  Two were Black Runners, and the other ?? 
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