fawn birth question

pseshooter300

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I was wondering something. If you had trail cameras set up and deer coming regular to a spot. And when you seen a doe that had a fawn with her is there any chance to sorta get a idea if you counted back approximately 200 days to figure out when she came into estrous. And if you done this on your property for a few years could you come up with a pattern? Or is anyone ever considered this? Or is it useless to even do this
 

Diehard Hunter

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It would be difficult to get an accurate estimate. Considering gestation averages between 190 and 210 days, as well as the fact that you have no idea how old the fawn is the first time you get a picture, you would at best have an error between 3 weeks and a month. Casual observation would probably be just as accurate.
 

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I've tried to keep records of fawn birth dates for the same purpose PsesShooter. I think though that you are going to have to rely more on actual fawn sightings while stomping around your property and jumping them up. A Doe is going to do her best to keep the fawns motionless on the ground for as long as she can to keep it safe from predators. I don't think they will show up in front of a trail camera until they are several weeks old.

The best date I can determine so far is that fawns are born around the 3rd or 4th week of June. That's when I have nearly stepped on or had fawns jump out from under a tractor wheel just before being crushed and they were still obviously not very well developed(all legs, couldn't run so fast, etc.). I have counted back 200 days to get 12 December as the actual breeding date. I know the bucks were sure chasing does with great enthusiasm on Dec 13 this year. The only fly in the ointment with this though is the fact that I have seen too many bucks chasing in early November to say that Mid December is the 1st breeding that happens. Oh well, it's a lot of fun trying to figure all this deer behavior out, huh? :)
 

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I usually add about 1-2 weeks to it, from the time I see the first fawns up walking to my cam's. Usually takes'em a while to get up and at'em.
 

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