Thanks Jeff for sending in this great shot of a Doe with her newborn fawn. It was captured in Minnesota by a Moultrie Game Spy I-40 digital trail camera.
Here are some facts that you might find interesting:
- A deer’s gestation period is between 200-205 days.
- Most fawns are born in late May or early June.
- Usually a doe will give birth to a single fawn the first time she gives birth, but after that, twins are often likely.
- Baby deer usually weigh between 4 ½ pounds -5 ½ pounds at the time of birth.
- Fawns can usually walk 20 minutes after birth.
- A doe will lead her fawns away from where they were born to a place that will provide some cover. The spotted fawns are nearly odorless and almost impossible to see when they are hidden in cover. The doe will then leave the fawns alone in the cover to draw predators away from them. She will return five to eight times a day to nurse then leave again.
- In a period of two to three weeks, the fawns are able to follow their mother while she feeds. The fawns self wean as they begin to feed on various vegetation.
- Young does may stay grouped together throughout the year but young bucks will leave the group in the fall.