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Contributors to this thread:
FORESTBOWS 22-May-24
Zbone 23-May-24
olddogrib 23-May-24
Zbone 23-May-24
Zbone 23-May-24
Tater 23-May-24
spike78 23-May-24
nowheels 23-May-24
olddogrib 23-May-24
Mhg825 23-May-24
Mhg825 23-May-24
Zbone 24-May-24
Knothead 24-May-24
Zbone 24-May-24
Charlie Rehor 24-May-24
Zbone 24-May-24
scentman 24-May-24
Zbone 25-May-24
t-roy 27-May-24
Basil 27-May-24
pav 28-May-24
Jethro 28-May-24
Slate 28-May-24
VAMtns 28-May-24
Basil 28-May-24
t-roy 28-May-24
JB 31-May-24
JB 31-May-24
Hunter's Granddad 01-Jun-24
ILbowhntr 01-Jun-24
Dale06 01-Jun-24
Zbone 13-Jun-24
BlacktailBob 15-Jun-24
22-May-24

FORESTBOWS 's embedded Photo
FORESTBOWS 's embedded Photo
Little guy! October 22 was 7 months ago.

From: Zbone
23-May-24

Zbone's Link
Memorial Day week is always peak fawning season around here, the next 10 days or so fawns will be dropping like flies.. Most publications suggest whitetail deer gestation period between 198 - 205 days (within a week time frame) with 201 days being the norm... An easy way I calculate is count back 29 weeks which is 203 days... Some deer farmers count back 200 days... So 29 weeks (203 days) from May 22 is November 1st, then 201 days would have been November 3rd, and the deer farmers count of 200 days would have been November 4th...

https://www.fieldandstream.com/conservation/deer-gestation-period/

From: olddogrib
23-May-24
Darn, I thought somebody's season was already in.....I love it when you can "pick a spot"!

From: Zbone
23-May-24
Boy, them would be tender vittles on a grill, venison veal...8^)

From: Zbone
23-May-24
Wanted to add, after many years of notes know the first week of November is "peak" rut in my area over the 2nd week... Halloween day through Veterans Day are easy dates to remember and the moon phase has nothing to due actual breeding dates... Lunar phases and weather conditions may effects daytime deer activity, but many or the majority of does will be bred the first week of November regardless... If hot weather more breeding likely will be done at night...

From: Tater
23-May-24

Tater's embedded Photo
Tater's embedded Photo
Southeast Ohio today

From: spike78
23-May-24
I saw great rut activity last year in the northeast on Nov 10.

From: nowheels
23-May-24
I saw my first fawn of the year today….unfortunately, it was also the first dead one of the year.

From: olddogrib
23-May-24

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Some jilted cad probably told this poor fawn it's momma was "hot and fast", so now it's imprinted on a 4-wheeler!

From: Mhg825
23-May-24
Spike that date is no doubt my favorite day.

From: Mhg825
23-May-24
Spike that date is no doubt my favorite day.

From: Zbone
24-May-24
If fawns stay lying up on approach, they are likely within 2 days old, usually won't spook until older...

From: Knothead
24-May-24
I know this is about WT fawns but 4 years ago here in AZ I had an antelope tag in a unit that is known for elk and not so much for its antelope. Back then cameras were still legal, and I had aprox 14 cameras spread out over 35 miles. I set most the cameras in Late April. I noticed out of all my pics I had one elk calf appear on camera before June 12th. Starting on June 12th and there after I started getting dozens of newborn elk calves on camera. This was on all my cameras too. I was getting Coues deer fawns with spots on them in late July and into August.

From: Zbone
24-May-24

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Zbone's embedded Photo
Buddy came across this one the other day on May 21st... He said to it, "Hope to see you again in 6 years"...8^)

24-May-24

Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
Time on earth

From: Zbone
24-May-24
Good one Charlie...

From: scentman
24-May-24
I had to take a double look, that is very cool Charlie. scentman

From: Zbone
25-May-24

Zbone's Link
Link is a good article by Leonard Lee Rue III:

"The Most Important Week of a Fawn’s Life"

By Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III for Whitetail Times

https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/the-most-important-week-of-a-fawns-life/

From: t-roy
27-May-24

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Had a super close call with this little guy today. I was clipping along through the pasture on the tractor, and caught a glance of him laying right in the middle of the trail, between the tire tracks. Hit the brakes and got stopped directly over the top of him, before he jumped up and ran out from under the tractor and out into the CRP and laid back down. Sure glad I didn’t hit him!

From: Basil
27-May-24
Saw my 1st of the year in heavy traffic on the shoulder of the interstate driving around the Twin Cities. Sadly I’d be surprised if it’s still alive today.

From: pav
28-May-24
Rolled a fawn while cutting across a winter rye food plot with the UTV this past weekend. At first it just laid there and I thought for sure it was injured. Got out of the UTV, took a couple steps towards the fawn and it got up and ran into a thicket. Didn't limp at all and found no blood on the ground. Scary encounter for sure...

From: Jethro
28-May-24
Saw 4 on way home from work yesterday. Most off to the side with mom. But 1, I saw the doe cross and was watching. 3-4 seconds later here comes fawn. Tiny, spindly, could barely walk on black top. Stops right on double line. I'm stopped but hoping no cars come other way. Finally it crosses safely.

Evening, wife sees doe cross road and jump guard rail. Trailing behind here comes tiny fawn. Stops in road. Can't jump guard rail, doesn't know to go under. Luckily it figured it out before another car came.

From: Slate
28-May-24
Good article Gary. Leonard used to live down the road from me. He was a wealth of knowledge.

From: VAMtns
28-May-24
Saw twins today following doe across the road

From: Basil
28-May-24
Roads around here have been littered with dead yearlings. Apparently they didn’t listen to mom before getting the boot.

From: t-roy
28-May-24

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t-roy's embedded Photo
Found another tiny little rascal this evening.

From: JB
31-May-24

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JB's embedded Photo
Hiding in plain sight in my neighbor's yard. Probably a great idea cuz predators aren't out there.

From: JB
31-May-24

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JB's embedded Photo
Mother and child reunion. Baby was very hungry.

01-Jun-24
Saw my first one in NE OK yesterday morning. Wasn't able to get a picture.

From: ILbowhntr
01-Jun-24

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ILbowhntr's embedded Photo
Front yard last night

From: Dale06
01-Jun-24
I too have seen what Basil mentioned, lots of yearlings didn’t pay attention to mom this past year and are now pavement meat.

From: Zbone
13-Jun-24

Zbone's Link
Check out video inside link where a heavily pregnant doe gets run off by another doe who likely has her fawn close by:

https://www.deer.psu.edu/alone-time/

From: BlacktailBob
15-Jun-24
I didn’t stop to take a photo but saw the earliest Sitka Blacktail fawn I've ever seen in over 30 years on May 24 this year. The vast majority are born the first week of June. Just like the biologists say, seven months after the rut. Seems like there were a lot of fawns this year too.

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