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Question by mattreney. Uploaded on July 20, 2009
a couple weeks ago i saw a doe with her fawn the doe was young herself looked like she wa born last spring i mean she was tiny only about twice the weight of the fawn as far as i could tell
To have a healthy fawn I think they should be 2 years old. But lots of times bucks will breed yearling in the late rut and they will usually give birth to real runts that will soon die or never give birth. That is one of the reasons I try to shoot a doe every year (especially the smaller ones.)
Does can breed before they are a year old, i believe.
I believe they can breed before they are one. Definetely before 2 years old.
With good health and good nutrition, whitetailed deer are prolific breeders. Examination of 600 does has shown about 60 percent breed as fawns, about six months old, and virtually all of the older deer produce young. At least a portion of the buck fawns are capable of reproduction. Breeding commences in mid October and peaks in mid-to-late November for adults, and about one month later for fawns. A buck may mate with several does,up to 20 have been recorded under “pen” conditions. Fawns are born after a gestation period of about 201 days, from early May through late September, with about 60 percent of the total born in June...........
Most the the fawns on my place get bred every year. I believe that the late fawns get away at least part of the time but the early fawns will all be bred in November.
I read that doe's can breed when they are 6 months old.
yes i agree, 1 year old or less
a fawn born this spring can be bread this fall although it is normally later in the season than the first rut , they are part of the reason for a later and smaller second rut .
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