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A buck fawn that is born in the spring are they always just a button buck, or can they develop small antlers the year they are born? I seen a deer that had a 2" long antler on its right side, but body wise the deer was only about the size of a yearling. Could this been a buck fawn born early, or is it a buck that was born last year and has really bad genes?
 

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A yearling, during hunting season, is approximately 1.5 years old. Do you mean it had the body size of a fawn? I've seen two deer in my time hunting that I'm fairly certain developed more than buttons as fawns. Both had tiny, thin antlers. One had a tiny fork on one side and a spike in the other. The second had minute spikes. I suppose there's a chance that they were late born yearlings but they looked like fawns to me.
 

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the deer had the size of a fawn, not a yearly, sorry for getting the 2 confused.
 

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I have seen at least 4 different ones at my house this year. Saw 2 in fact yesterday with their momma. They live in my yard and I can tell "who's who". They were early fawns this year, and along with momma, frequented my brown cow mineral block all summer. They both are about 40-50lbs max, and both have 1-2" tiny spikes, about the size of a thick golf tee. The other two are about the same, 1" spikes above their nubs. I put the mineral block out after late deer season, and sometimes need another in May. It's gone by July. The doe use the mineral to help lactate. I have thousands of pics of the does on my lick this summer, only a handful of bucks ever. Everything quit coming in about August and pics dropped to zero per week.
 

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We like to call them super button bucks - ha. My buddy and I each saw a buck fawn sporting 1-2" spikes on opening morning of rifle season.

The deer like hitting the mineral sites spring and early summer....to get sodium from the salt to balance out all the potassium in the new lush green growth. We mix in calcium and phosphorus with the salt to help lactating does and bucks growing antlers. We see very little activity on mineral sites after the August time frame, just like bownut observed.
 

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Yes, they can be born this year and produce visible antlers. I saw one several times the past few days. Funny little bugger with 1" spikes. Hope he makes it through the doe permit season, those little spikes aren't easy to see.

Seeing buck fawns with spikes says a lot for PA's management programs.
 

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i saw a rack at the processors years ago. it was a 12 point, skinny tines probably as thin as a pencil and the spread was around 6 inches. didnt see the deer it came from.

neatest little rack i ever saw. always wondered how big or old the deer was.
 

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You know how you occasionally see those really small fawns and wonder if/ how they'll make it thru the winter?
Maybe the really small spike bucks may have been born really late the previous year so they would be behind physically....?
 
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