Bucks of All Ages Succeed in the Wild Whitetail Rut. Yes, Even These.
Nov 29, 2023Lindsay Thomas Jr.
In the frenzied breeding scramble that is the whitetail rut, are bucks and does selective about the age of their mates, or is rut success random? The answer is: Yes. There’s scientific evidence that age…
No, Fawns Aren’t Odorless: A Deep Dive Into Fawn Behavior and Biology With Dr. John Kilgo
Apr 13, 2022NDA Staff
In this week’s Deer Season 365 Podcast episode, we are talking whitetail fawns with Dr. John Kilgo. We cover everything from how does choose a location to birth fawns, to a fawn’s first few hours…
Born With One Hoof in the Grave? Fawns Die Even Without Predators
Apr 24, 2019Justin Dion, Jacob Haus, Joe Rogerson and Jacob Bowman
Predators are one of the most widely discussed topics of deer hunting in the past few years, particularly in regards to population management and fawn survival. If you were to ask any hunter what factor…
When Do Fawns Begin Eating Natural Forage?
Jun 19, 2015Kip Adams
This great photo of a young fawn taking a bite of hopclover was captured by Vermont forester and wildlife expert Susan C. Morse and it helps answer an interesting question about fawns: When do they wean…
The Magic & Myths of Fawns
May 19, 2015Sam Leatherman
I always look forward to seeing the first newborn fawn of the year. Without fail, social media will begin to fill with pictures of these beautiful, wobbly-legged creatures, and understandably so. Very few things in…
Who Controls Your Fawn Supply?
Apr 13, 2015Lindsay Thomas Jr.
In the classic Clint Eastwood movie Pale Rider, prospectors fall on hard times when an evil industrialist chokes the flow of creekwater that allows them to pan for gold. Luckily, the “Preacher” is handy with…
Taking Does Can Actually Increase Fawn Production
Sep 25, 2014Lindsay Thomas Jr.
You’ve heard some people say they never shoot does “because that is like killing next year’s fawns.” While this sounds logical, it’s not always the correct approach. Doe harvest isn’t always necessary, but when it…
Coyote Control: When Is It The Right Option?
May 7, 2014Dr. Will Gulsby and Dr. Karl V. Miller
On a crisp, clear November night at deer camp, the conversation around the campfire subsides for a moment as you add another log to the fire. Just as you ease back into your camp chair,…
3 Ways to Track Fawn Recruitment
Jun 25, 2013Dr. Will Gulsby and Dr. Karl V. Miller
Over the last decade, predators, especially coyotes, have greatly altered deer population dynamics in many parts of the country by reducing fawn recruitment (the number of fawns per doe that survive to 6 months of…
How to Run a Trail-Camera Survey
Apr 19, 2012Lindsay Thomas Jr.
A trail-camera survey – put simply – is the most powerful herd monitoring tool you can use that doesn’t require the assistance of a professional wildlife biologist. On your own, you can estimate deer density,…