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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to see the embryos in a doe taken Sat. Just curious. I saw something sat.that looked like a little embryos when I was cleaning the deer out.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 02:43 PM
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Re: embryos

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Re: embryos

Yes, but you have to know what you are looking for. The embryos will not be very large now. I usually have to dissect the uterus to see them.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Re: embryos

What I saw was 1 to 1 1/2 in.long.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 09:27 PM
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Re: embryos

While the majority of the does are bred in November, some do get bred in October and even September.

Within a couple weeks of being bred the embryonic sack will be filled with flood. Within a month of being bred a person knowing just what they are looking for should be able to find small embryos.

So, yes it is entirely possible to find embryos at this time of the year in does that were bred before the middle of November. They are typically pretty easy to find in does by flintlock season.

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Re: embryos

I agree I've killed 20 doe, and I had one big doe that had 2 in her. they looked just alike, and I never found them in another deer I've shot. i wish i would have taken pictures of them, and yes they were a little over an inch long. Kind of made me sad
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Re: embryos

I did spend some time a few years ago helping the local WCOs do embryo studies on roadkilled does. I don't do that anymore, since the PGC has enough volunteer helpers among college students. I still do dissect does I kill and look for developing embryos out of curiosity. More often than not, I find one or more. The key is knowing where to look for the uterus and then knowing what a developing embryo looks like. To be sure that is what I am looking at, I usually open the swelling (embryonic sack) to look at the developing embryo. Most of the volume, as RSB stated, is fluid. Sometimes you have to look really hard to see an actual embryo. Most hunters would not find them. Right now, the foetuses are very small. Later in spring, this is what they look like:
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Re: embryos

Thank's guys, thought maybe I was nuts

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