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#3263272 - 06/07/13 07:23 AM Noticed something interesting.
RobbyW
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I went and checked some cameras yesterday. I have two food plots that are probably 600 yards apart as a crow flies. The first plot is about 2 acres, mostly clover with some alfalfa. The second is about 3/4 of an acre and all clover. The bigger field is closer to the edge of the property so closer to the road. The smaller is in the middle of the woods and was made a couple years ago when the place was being selectively logged as a loading yard.

Anyways on the big field I had over 600 pictures. Some of them had 5 to 7 deer in a single picture. 90% of the pictures were does with the remainder very young bucks.

The smaller field deeper in the woods, 80% of the pictures were more mature Bucks and a few does.

My take is the bucks are being bucks and staying closer to cover and away from hearing cars and the more presence of people.

thoughts?

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#3263296 - 06/07/13 08:02 AM Re: Noticed something interesting. [Re: RobbyW]
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Mature bucks, will almost always be more reclusive than the younger ones.
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#3263337 - 06/07/13 08:46 AM Re: Noticed something interesting. [Re: BuckHunter511]
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RonnyW,

Great (and accurate) observation concerning the sexual/age segregation of deer at this time of year.

But you may be jumping to the wrong conclusions concerning why you are seeing that segregation. At this time of year (fawning time), deer populations naturally sexually segregate, with adult does dominating the best habitat for fawning (best food and cover resources) and older bucks relegated to the poorest habitat. This is Nature's way of protecting the resource. Fawn-bearing and rearing females will have the best resources, enhancing their opportunity to produce surviving offspring.

In fact, this is the one time of year when deer are actually territorial. Fawn-bearing females will establish a fawning "territory" that they defend from other deer.
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#3263345 - 06/07/13 08:54 AM Re: Noticed something interesting. [Re: BSK]
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Yep, the infamous "doe-sink"... I know it well. ;\)
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#3263430 - 06/07/13 11:37 AM Re: Noticed something interesting. [Re: MUP]
MattR
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I knew they are segregated now but did'nt know it was to support their fawns, that makes alot of sense. So when and why do they get away from the area they chose for the fawns, is it because their fawns have grown up so they go to their summer feeding pattern or?
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#3263495 - 06/07/13 01:26 PM Re: Noticed something interesting. [Re: MattR]
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Matt,

From observation, it is believed that fawning territory is chosen by doe dominance status. The most dominant doe will choose the best territory first (simply through her ability to dominate the other does out of the area) and then fawning territory choice moves down the dominance ladder (the best territories will be the best combination of food and cover). By the time territory choice is down to the least dominant does, often all of the territory in that doe social group's range has already been taken, and these "bottom of the social ladder" does have to move outside of their normal range to find an open section of habitat to claim. Radio-collar studies have shown some subordinate does having to move several miles away from their normal range to find an unclaimed section of ground. In fact, this is why car-deer collisions experience a secondary peak at this time of year and are heavily biased towards pregnant does. These are does traveling outside their normal areas looking for unclaimed fawning territories.

Fawning territories are established a week or two before does give birth and are maintained until the social groups recombine at the end of the summer (usually August), once the fawns are weaned.
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