Now that baseball season has winded down,I've been out several evenings checking out the deer.I've been seeing some good bucks but the lack of fawns is somewhat surprising.They should be out traveling with the does by now but they aren't there.Last night I watched 5 big mature does behind my house without a fawn to be seen.When I got home,there were 6 big does in front of my house without a fawn.Every morning I work out at a gym before work and drive through Treasure lake,a huge private residential community.There's deer everywhere but the fawns just aren't there.We had such a mild winter that I can't imagine that was a factor.I do know that cold wet spring can be detrimental to fawn survival and I question if we won't see a decrease in fawn recruitment because of it.
UP until this past weekend at camp, I'd only seen one or two fawns around there.
Yesterday I saw three sets of twins with three doe, just up the road from the shanty. And another set of twins with their momma, over on another road. All the fawns had some size to 'em and one set had pretty much lost their spots, so they've been around for a spell.
None seen out back at home yet, several seen out at our club so far.
Just checked my cam on Sat after letting it soak for two months... no fawn, no buck... had a few doe and a bear... Gon'a be another looong season I suspect.
I'm seeing plenty of deer and some nice bucks.The lack of fawns has me bewildered though.We have bears and coyotes but the lack of fawns where they really aren't subject to a high rate of predation has me perplexed.
You are correct Glenn bears are a very efficient predator of fawns. we only have 20000 bears in this state and over 250,000 coyotes yet half the predation of fawns is by less than 10% of the predators. Bears are very opportunistic.
Post by muttleysback on Aug 3, 2019 7:02:14 GMT -5
We are getting a few photos of does with spotted fawns on our game cameras. I suspect that the numbers will improve in the next few weeks. On the way home last week I saw a doe with twins in one of the soybean fields. No photos to post yet. I forgot to bring any home from the trip to camp last week. Another episode of CRS syndrome.
Most of my money I spent on hunting and fishing, and the occasional bottle of good bourbon. The rest I just wasted.