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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Fawn with spots still?

Today while huntin me and my dad spotted what we thought was a red fox in the corn field next to our stand but upon further investigation it was a fawn still with spots and it had to be no bigger then a small dog! It was all by itself no mother or anything else. Anyone else seen one this late in the year? Possible explanation? I really can't see it surviving the winter (if we have one this year)
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Re: Fawn with spots still?

I saw one the first week of November. same thing, real small, rusty red colored like summer coat, and tons of spots. Havent seen it since though. Probably caused by a doe bred very very late.
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Re: Fawn with spots still?

Agree with whytail3912....Probably the "fawn" is from a doe that was bred really late....and if you said by itself, possibly not growing as fast as it should due to lack of life sustaining nutrients from its mother's milk? Just a guess, not a biologist.
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Re: Fawn with spots still?

Just the opposite. It's small probably because it was born to a late-bred first year doe that came into estrous in January or something. That doe had to be very healthy for that to happen. Being by itself doesn't necessarily mean the doe got killed. Maybe she's in estrous now and locked up with a buck nearby.

If there is food around, it should be capable of surviving. They can eat browse and mast and grasses at a pretty early age.

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Re: Fawn with spots still?

I had a doe on my property that for about 5 years would come thru with a fawn still in spots during rifle......I shot a flinter buck in 2008 that was chasing a doe right after I watched a buck mount her in my field....I think it was her she came in estrous late every year I think and the fawns are born later jmho

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Re: Fawn with spots still?

Ya I guess it makes sense now that it was just a real late doe that came into estrous. thanks guys
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Re: Fawn with spots still?

MY boy shot one the first day of archery this year.His first deer. It was all alone too and it kept running up to a gut pile that was fresh and it kept circling us. So I assumed it must have been its mother so I let my boy shoot his first deer. I don't know who shot the other deer this was Gamelands and I wasn't there in the morning. but I guess it is normal this year I've been hearing alot about small doe and fawns.
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Re: Fawn with spots still?

A doe fawn born this year will come into estrous when she reaches 90 lbs or so. Maybe it was a doe from last years crop that hit 90 late, and gave birth late.

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