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#1485163 - 06/17/10 01:31 PM How long until fawns can live without their mothers?
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 7538
Loc: Texas
If I shoot a doe during bow season and her fawn was born in June, will it survive?

Obviously I would try to avoid that, but I'm just wondering. How old does a fawn need to be before it no longer relies on mother's milk?


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#1485171 - 06/17/10 01:35 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: cameron00]
Big Tony Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 7286
Loc: Godley (next to cleanliness)
I would think they would be safe by the start of the season.
Maybe somebody with some real brains can answer your answer positively.

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#1485173 - 06/17/10 01:37 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Big Tony]
Justin T Offline
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Registered: 09/23/09
Posts: 5530
Loc: Austin
I know the reason they moved the 2 week doe season to AFTER the season instead of before was for this reason. I don't have the exact numbers though. They are still most likely fine though.

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#1485189 - 06/17/10 01:46 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Justin T]
okietex Offline

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Registered: 03/27/09
Posts: 774
About a week after you seem the browsing or eating corn would be my guess


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#1485295 - 06/17/10 02:49 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: okietex]
M16 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/05
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Usually around three months after they are born. Also about the time they loose their spots.
The latest thing at least in South Texas is to not shoot the does before Thanksgiving. Most of those fawns are being born in the next couple of weeks.



Edited by M16 (06/17/10 02:52 PM)

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#1485311 - 06/17/10 02:59 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: M16]
Big Tony Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
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Loc: Godley (next to cleanliness)
OK Now that you got an accurate answer. This is what I wanted to type.

Usually they are weened 10-20 seconds after you decide their Mamma is goin' in the freezer. LOL

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#1485501 - 06/17/10 04:48 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Big Tony]
Rhodes 520 Offline
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Registered: 11/24/07
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Loc: Granbury
Originally Posted By: Big Tony
OK Now that you got an accurate answer. This is what I wanted to type.

Usually they are weened 10-20 seconds after you decide their Mamma is goin' in the freezer. LOL

Thats funny right there clap

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#1485842 - 06/17/10 08:39 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Rhodes 520]
Honker Jake Offline
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Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 495
Loc: Troy, TX
I have always wondered the same thing, and always been told if they can eat stuff other than milk they are going to be fine. I have also been told the spot thing.

But I have seen fawn's with spot's eating corn, leaves, alfalfa, etc....

In October at my place I see a variety of color in the spots. Some are visible at 50 yds and some have to be 15yds before you can see spot's. Seems like in October I spend more time looking at fawn's, thinking if I look at the spot's long enough they will go away, but all it does is make my eyes hurt.

They are probably going to be O.K. but I can't stand it when they hang around and call for their dead mom. It's happened to me a couple times, maybe it's the soft side in me coming out, but I don't like it.

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#1485873 - 06/17/10 08:59 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Honker Jake]
Big Tony Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 7286
Loc: Godley (next to cleanliness)
Hey cameron00, did you get a chance to try out that Deer attractant?

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#1486475 - 06/18/10 09:37 AM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: Big Tony]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 7538
Loc: Texas
I have put it out, but haven't checked it yet. Have a game camera over it and will check it next weekend.


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#1486622 - 06/18/10 10:56 AM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: cameron00]
30378 Offline

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Registered: 02/14/09
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Loc: Deer Park, Tx.
Labor Day is a "general" measure.

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#1486720 - 06/18/10 12:13 PM Re: How long until fawns can live without their mothers? [Re: 30378]
Waylon A. Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 351
Loc: Ranger, Texas
These two girls lost their mother somehow in '08. The date on the picture is correct.
I first started seeing them a week or two before this picture was taken. They grew up just fine without a mother around.
They spent a lot of time around my house so I had the pleasure of watching them grow up. They became quite tame after a while.
Unfortunately one of them was chased over to the neighbors place opening weekend last year by a young buck and she never returned.
Hearing the shots broke my heart. Watching her sister roaming around like she was looking for her did too.





Edited by Waylon A. (06/18/10 12:18 PM)

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