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1st fawn of 2017!

Discussion in 'Ohio Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by Deehntr56, May 16, 2017.

  1. Deehntr56

    Deehntr56 Staff Member Mod

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    Got home tonight and happened to look outside and noticed something flickering next to a log in neighbors yard. I finally put together the outline of a deer which looked like a doe laying down in neighbors yard. I then see something else move and notice the doe is laying down and has s fawn she is licking.

    The flickering was the fawn tail as mom was cleaning and licking her. Looks like it was born today or just the last few hours based on how it was acting . I was able to get on neighbors deck and take a few pics.

    Earliest ever here for 1st sighting. The Earliest before this I think was the 27th of May. I have noticed many of the Doe's here are pregnant- by my baby "bump" count, over 75% of the ones I am seeing look the part and the other night, of the seven that were feeding across the street, all of them looked like they were about to have at least one of the little ones.

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  2. I was waiting for the first sighting! Good eyes there, 56! ;)
     
  3. 200 gestation days back give or take a few from today would make it the last week of Oct. first week on Nov. she would have been bred which is right on track ...
     
  4. Deehntr56

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    I have an advantage in sightings. Every year there are a few does that have their fawns in this area so I get to see them as it goes down. There are a couple more fawning areas across the street as well. The fenced in area to the left of this doe has had fawns born inside the fence by a doe 3 out of the last 5 years. She jumps the fence and lingers until she does. This one was born right in the corner of two properties.

    The does know where the safe havens are and plan accordingly. The does have been feeding heavily the last few weeks and hanging together..... yesterday they have started to break up and disperse. Just like all the previous years. Their patterns are roughly the same.
     
  5. Ive got some fat does ready to pop that vie been watching, haven't showed up on camera yet though.
     
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  6. Where I hunt got around 8inches of rain. It was flooded the worst some older people can ever remember. Water rescues and crazy stuff. it was creepy looking across and seeing water covering every field with no break in the radar during the couple hours of straight down pour. 12 miles east just got over an inch is all. Bad timing for all young newborn animals. my favorite bar had water up to the bar stools......sucks.
     
  7. Saw my first fawn last night. It was still wobbly legged. I marched back on a calendar 201 days and that puts conception Nov. 4th.
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    The does patterns have dramatically changed since the 1st sighting- most have changed their daily routines and patterns and most have not been around the last several days. I have seen two of them chasing off last years-yearlings and setting up their nesting area for the new ones this year. I have seen this several times over the years in May. We have gone from 8-11 Does every night feeding in the field I saw them in the last 3-4 weeks, to one the last two nights.

    I know one has a young fawn or two in a small woodlot/grassy area across the street-but she has not brought the young ones out yet. She will come out for a bit, get a drink and eat and go back in......they typically have fawns every year in this area.

    This has been an earlier start of this yearly routine compared to the previous 5 years here.

    This is the area where the one was born that I posted above......my dog was "very" interested in this area when we got down wind.......


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