It seems like every spring I see a post on social media by someone with a fawn they “rescued” because they found it lying alone in the grass, seemingly frightened. I politely inform them that…
Deer Instincts Can Trigger Weird Behaviors, Like This Doe Eating a Dead Fawn
Jun 29, 2021Lindsay Thomas Jr.
A lot of deer behavior is pre-programmed, not learned. The way they react to certain stimuli is instinctual as a result of millions of years of testing, with death serving as an effective cancellation of…
The Science of Fawn Survival: Leave It Where You Found It
May 7, 2021Lindsay Thomas Jr.
So, you found an abandoned fawn and you’re wondering what to do with it. You may have even rescued it, and now that you brought it home you are wondering who to call. Is there…
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…
At What Age Can a Fawn Survive Without Its Doe?
Nov 14, 2016Kip Adams
Should I shoot a doe with fawns? Ask QDMAWe are often asked if it’s okay to shoot a doe with fawns. Kip Adams, a wildlife biologist and QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach, answers that…
Can Ticks Kill Fawns?
Jun 9, 2015Anthony Harris
A Missouri fawn photographed on June 1 by Sam Leatherman is a reminder of the impacts parasites can have on deer. The fawn can only be a few days old, yet its eyes and ears…
The Magic & Myths of Fawns
May 19, 2015Anthony 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…
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…
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…