fawn recruitment

No, Fawns Aren’t Odorless: A Deep Dive Into Fawn Behavior and Biology With Dr. John Kilgo

Apr 13, 2022 NDA 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…

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Born With One Hoof in the Grave? Fawns Die Even Without Predators

Apr 24, 2019 Justin 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…

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When Do Fawns Begin Eating Natural Forage?

Jun 19, 2015 Kip 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…

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The Magic & Myths of Fawns

May 19, 2015 Anthony Harris

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…

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Who Controls Your Fawn Supply?

Apr 13, 2015 Lindsay 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…

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Taking Does Can Actually Increase Fawn Production

Sep 25, 2014 Lindsay 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…

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Coyote Control: When Is It The Right Option?

May 7, 2014 Dr. 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,…

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3 Ways to Track Fawn Recruitment

Jun 25, 2013 Dr. 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…

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How to Run a Trail-Camera Survey

Apr 19, 2012 Lindsay 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,…

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Top 5 Rookie Trapping Mistakes

Apr 18, 2012 Todd Menke

Scientific research confirms that effective trapping prior to the annual fawn-drop can, in some instances, improve fawn survival rates depressed by predators. For deer hunters in many areas, trapping has become a vital addition to…

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