Any day now I’m expecting to see a little spindly legged, polka dotted fawn staggering around one of my fields, followed closely by its ever watchful mother. Tiny tail twitching and knees shaking, that little fawn will be taking it’s first steps into a big new world. Much to my delight, it’s that time of year that new birth hits the woods and the newest members of our deer herd will grace this earth for the first time. To me, there are few things that are more fun to see than a young fawn or two learning to run and play with it’s buddies. So as we’re preparing for the newest additions to our deer herds, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few interesting facts about fawns that I recently found in the 2010 QDMA Whitetail Report.
- Fawns average about 300 white spots.
- Except for nursing two to four times a day, a fawn spends the first four weeks of life in hiding, separate from the doe.
- Healthy fawns average 4 to 8 pounds at birth and they will double their weight in two weeks and triple it within a month.
- Healthy fawns can outrun a man when only a few days old but it generally takes three to six weeks before they can elude most predators.
- Fawns are not scentless – they have a scent, as that’s how their mother recognizes them, and fawns may even rub-urinate when only days old.
- On average in 2008, less than one fawn per adult doe survived to six months old. This measurement is called the fawn recruitment rate.
- Approximately 20 to 25% of twin fawns have different fathers!
Aware of any of other whitetail fawn trivia? Share it with the Wired To Hunt Nation in the comments!