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Quadruplets!!!
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Hawkeye 18-May-19
JB 18-May-19
HUNT MAN 18-May-19
wooddamon1 18-May-19
Boreal 18-May-19
Treeline 18-May-19
Muddyboots 18-May-19
T Mac 18-May-19
PushCoArcher 18-May-19
Grunter 18-May-19
Charlie Rehor 18-May-19
midwest 18-May-19
Buffalo1 18-May-19
badguybuster 18-May-19
Bowboy 18-May-19
JTV 18-May-19
WV Mountaineer 18-May-19
BOHNTR 18-May-19
Scrappy 18-May-19
stillhunter 18-May-19
t-roy 18-May-19
Bucbuster 18-May-19
Tyler 18-May-19
Shawn 19-May-19
400 Elk @Home 19-May-19
Hawkeye 19-May-19
1boonr 19-May-19
Hawkeye 19-May-19
sticksender 19-May-19
luckychucky 19-May-19
Hawkeye 19-May-19
tobinsghost 19-May-19
Hawkeye 19-May-19
TrapperKayak 20-May-19
Hawkeye 20-May-19
Bow Crazy 20-May-19
Bow Crazy 20-May-19
midwest 20-May-19
TrapperKayak 20-May-19
mountainman 20-May-19
Shiras42 20-May-19
TrapperKayak 20-May-19
Fauntleroy 20-May-19
LINK 20-May-19
Hawkeye 20-May-19
Paul@thefort 20-May-19
iceman 20-May-19
TrapperKayak 20-May-19
Mark Watkins 20-May-19
Shiras42 20-May-19
axle2axle 20-May-19
TrapperKayak 20-May-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 20-May-19
SteveB 20-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 20-May-19
lewis 20-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 20-May-19
From: Hawkeye
18-May-19

Hawkeye's embedded Photo
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Was out for one last mushroom hunt this morning and noticed a storm moving in. As lightening started to crash all around me, I thought in my infinite wisdom that the lightening would have a tougher time deciding between 'me and the trees' if I crept through the timber on my way back to the truck ;)

I noticed a bare spot in the timber, and thinking it was a natural salt lick, I moved over to investigate. I was looking down and took a step over a rise and said...WHOA! out loud.

No sooner had I said "WHOA" than one of the little ones Bah'd back at me!! Then one of the fawns stood up--wobbly--legged and all--and started moving toward me. I took a quick video and hustled out of there.. with ol'wobbly legs still walking toward me.

If you look close...there are FOUR fawns here... QUADRUPLETS!!! They couldn't have been but a day or two old. The one in the background looked like the scene out of a Disney movie as he wobbled away. I never touched them or got closer than 5 yards after literally stumbling upon them.

Still smiling as I type this.

I think there is often a misconception with hunting and conservation--and some may find it hypocritical that one can find the same excitement in this discovery and coming to full draw on a mature deer come fall...but I can assure you that an individual can experience both:)

From: JB
18-May-19
Super cool! And I understand your comments completely!

From: HUNT MAN
18-May-19
Amazing encounter . Hunt

From: wooddamon1
18-May-19
Very cool! I've only ever encountered twins.

From: Boreal
18-May-19
Good stuff Eyad!

From: Treeline
18-May-19
Beautiful!

That would have to be incredibly rare to find quadruplets!

Great find:-)

Thanks for sharing!

From: Muddyboots
18-May-19
Really neat experience- thanks for sharing.

18-May-19
Very cool, thanks for sharing!

From: T Mac
18-May-19
What a treat to see that!

From: PushCoArcher
18-May-19
Very cool!

From: Grunter
18-May-19
Great story! Never found a fawn myself but can totally understand your excitement! An anti hunter probaly would have called animal control that 4 fawns were abandoned after they touched and took selfies with all of them. Well done

18-May-19
That is life! Good for you Eyad. It’s ALWAYS about the “next”!!

From: midwest
18-May-19
The spotted ones aren't ripe yet.

Pretty cool, Eyad!

From: Buffalo1
18-May-19
What a unique experience. You saw one beautiful morning of nature.

You witnessed something an anti could only dream about !

From: badguybuster
18-May-19
wow. thats amazing

From: Bowboy
18-May-19
Very rare find.

From: JTV
18-May-19
I hope every one of those makes it to adulthood... cool encounter

18-May-19
That’s cool.

From: BOHNTR
18-May-19
In the words of George Strait....I saw God today!

From: Scrappy
18-May-19

Scrappy's embedded Photo
Scrappy's embedded Photo
Reminds me of a day a few years ago I was in the backyard looking at how much the deer were eating the food plot. Looked down at my feet and the prettiest eyes were staring up at me.

From: stillhunter
18-May-19
cool stuff, I saw one out on an island while fishing a river couple years ago. mama must have swam out to have fawns safe from coyotes. and they say deer don't think

From: t-roy
18-May-19

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Incredible experience, Eyad! I’ve heard of them having quads, but only seen them with triplets a couple of times. Be interesting to know if they all make it to the fall. Always a blessing to get to experience these little guys up close.

From: Bucbuster
18-May-19
Well said and very cool. Thanks for sharing.

From: Tyler
18-May-19

Tyler's embedded Photo
Tyler's embedded Photo
They sure are cute! This is a Chital fawn I stumbled upon In Australia.

From: Shawn
19-May-19
I have seen triplets several times over the years but never 4. That is pretty cool. Ours will be dropping soon. Shawn

19-May-19
I have never walked up on deer like that but...many years ago I found a few elk calf’s that could not have been more than a day or two old. I still remember the experience. It was awesome! I have also had the price page to take more than my share of elk with a bow. Different but also awesome experience.

From: Hawkeye
19-May-19
Ouch Darren :(

Again, just walked up on them by accident, took a quick pic and moved on.

Take care my friend.

From: 1boonr
19-May-19
Why were they all together? I’ve always heard that the mother keeps them apart so a lucky coyote can’t get em all when they come upon them just like you did.

From: Hawkeye
19-May-19
Great question and it's the first time I've seen a fawn under those circumstances. I've jumped them in June before when they could run off but these were wobbly legged and could barely walk. I've read they can walk 7-8 hrs after birth and they were BARELY doing that.

The bare spot I saw I am almost sure is where she was laying when she gave birth and I imagine was hours before. Maybe sooner? I doubt I'll ever see anything like it again and am still pretty excited about it :)

From: sticksender
19-May-19
Very cool!

We're seeing a lot of very plump does on trail cams right now.

From: luckychucky
19-May-19
Is it possible that more than one doe stashed her babies there?

From: Hawkeye
19-May-19
I suppose it's possible but would be even more rare than quads I would think?

Pretty green with the fawn info but been interesting to read up on them and sounds like quads are rare but do occur.

From: tobinsghost
19-May-19
City deer? The warden up at our old place told us that when deer are fed by humans, fawn numbers increase. We have lots of twins and a few triplets running around every year.

From: Hawkeye
19-May-19
Good info Rich but it's a rural farm and dont feed them besides 'food plots' .

Maybe just good timing on the does part:)

From: TrapperKayak
20-May-19
Eyad, to me they only look several hours old, and probably haven't even gotten up much at all, so they are there together. They still look a little wet rom birth. Incredible find and you did nothing wrong taking a few pics and exiting the area. Some people (PAT!) just think they are above the rest, who's rude and thoughtless comments are disrespectful at best (idiot?? really?). It takes more than a close approach for a doe to abandon her fawns, maybe you should know a little about ungulate biology before lambasting someone for something they didn't even know was going to happen. Take a look at Eyad's pictorial hunting history, he clearly Is not an idiot - obviously knows more about animal behavior that most on here.

From: Hawkeye
20-May-19
"It takes more than a close approach for a doe to abandon her fawns.."

Thanks Calvin. I appreciate the thoughts and post. I agree and two days later still pretty excited about it.

Darren (Pat)-please try to be a bit more respectful (ie idiot) as my family (non-hunters and my 7 old will eventually read this thread).

I gave you one free pass without trying to be negative or getting in an 'internet argument' (which I won't)...so let's not take that any further (not farther ;) )

I wouldn't think about going back or showing others, more pics etc. To me it's very similar to bumping a giant whitetail out of his bedding area; they're are not going to leave based on one intrusion-- while multiple ones will cause problems.

But it sounds like you have some experience based on your posts, some negative I assume--so I am here to learn like the rest of us if you have anything constructive to add.

Thanks guys.

From: Bow Crazy
20-May-19

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What a great find! You did nothing wrong by taking some video of the fawns. Time for some on here to get an education. Look no further than QDMA...

From: Bow Crazy
20-May-19

Bow Crazy's Link
Here is another article from QDMA about fawns.

From: midwest
20-May-19
Pat, go back to AT and troll there.

From: TrapperKayak
20-May-19
"To me it's very similar to bumping a giant whitetail out of his bedding area; they're are not going to leave based on one intrusion" Absolutely, and I had this very experience last fall - shot at and 'missed' a big buck in his bed on a small hummock in a swamp. It was a rifle shot,a nd the bullet struck a small sapling deflecting it, causing the miss. The buck never changed his pattern and two days later I tracked him to the very same bed but this time he was a bit more educated and got out before I could get into the same lane I shot from before - two more steps and I would have had the same shot. He bedded in the same area over the next several weeks but I never got a shot again. Late bow season, he was still there every day. Even when I was continually bumping him almost daily. Likewise, does will not just leave their fawns after someone is nearby, esp. just once.

From: mountainman
20-May-19
That's an awesome experience and thing to see.

We all know(the ones that actually KNOW) that the doe will be back just fine.

From: Shiras42
20-May-19
Way to take the high road Eyad!. Cool find and I hope that in 5-6 years you have another encounter with one of them. :)

From: TrapperKayak
20-May-19
So there....

From: Fauntleroy
20-May-19
Glad to know I'm not the only one that loves baby season.

From: LINK
20-May-19
Yet another example of why we need to reinstate thread owner tools. Cool find I’m sure the doe was back within a few minutes of you leaving. Seams Pat(Darren) is in an extreme minority here, I’ll second Midwest’s comment.

From: Hawkeye
20-May-19
Cool story Calvin and in the 90s, before trail cams--or before I had them anyway--I would purposely walk through bedding areas to locate big bucks. I would return and hang a stand on the perimeter. I killed a few like this through the years as it gave me confidence knowing they were there and to keep at it. Can't ever remember not seeing that buck again--although I only killed a few.

Whitetails are more resilient that many give them credit for and I've moved my kids and wife before.....and told my wife she can bury me in the backyard before we move again.

I bet having quadruplets--that doe feels the same way, especially since her man friend ran out on her.....;)

From: Paul@thefort
20-May-19

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Hawkeye, nicely done. At one of the regional CBA 3d shoots in the mts of Colorado, and lying within 10 ft of a deer target was a mule deer fawn. It stayed there for a while as bow hunters moved by and removed their arrows. Always great to see Spring's rebirth. Thanks for sharing. I will add this pic to the pot. my best, Paul

From: iceman
20-May-19
Very cool, Eyad! Thanks for sharing.

From: TrapperKayak
20-May-19
Eyad, those bucks establish their core area and usually remain there no matter what. They had to fight to obtain it. They aren't gonna leave that easily, they just learn how to avoid you time and again. I found the buck's sheds only a few hundred yards away from his main bedding area this spring. One had a bullet fragment hit it from the deflection, a hole and crack from it in the end of the main beam.

From: Mark Watkins
20-May-19
Crazy cool Eyad!!!

A sign of good habitat, food and soil fertility!

Mark

From: Shiras42
20-May-19
Comment withdrawn.

From: axle2axle
20-May-19
Is there something in the water in Connecticut? Kevin

From: TrapperKayak
20-May-19

TrapperKayak's embedded Photo
TrapperKayak's embedded Photo
Who, me?

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
20-May-19
Eyad, awesome pic, thanks for sharing. You have a ton of class as most Bowsiter's already know.

Pat, find a new hobby.

From: SteveB
20-May-19
I hope Pat L cleans up the member list soon...... :)

20-May-19
Very cool Eyad.

I've seen some triplets, but never quads. Never even heard of it. Must have been a very healthy doe.

From: lewis
20-May-19
Great picture thanks for sharing made my day Lewis

20-May-19
Nothing wrong with your thoughts Pat, just your disrespectful delivery. Oh, and the propagation of the urban legend that doe abandon their fawns when a human gets too close which was started by someone who noticed a fawn that didn't have its mother nearby, which is normal deer behavior.

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