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    Age of Fawn

    How old does a fawn need to be to survive without it's mother?
    I have 4 does inside the fence of my garden. There are places for them to hide, but I can easily find them. I know that they have some fawns, but they are impossible to find unless I almost step on them.. I have tried to chase them outside of the fence, but it is a no go as they circle back around and will not exit the wide open gate. I can kill all of the does, but would like to wait till the fawns can survive. The ones I have seen are quite small and covered in spots.
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    Would a dog keep them out of the garden?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    Would a dog keep them out of the garden?
    Yes, but I don't have a dog anymore. SWMBO too broken up over the loss of the last 3 to get another.
    The garden is inside 8 acres with a 8 1/2 fence all around. I have put electric fences all around to keep them off of my crops, but many of the plants are too large now to protect them. The deer can jump the 8 1/2 foot fence, except where it is backed up with a 3 foot fence 3 feet away. I am working on getting this done, but I still need to remove the deer that are already inside. There are houses all around, so a gun is out, but I do have a crossbow, dead on at 50 yds.
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    we do crop damage and shoot many does this time of year with small fawns. We also get a chance to watch them later. If your in an area with good feed they will do just fine. I see no difference in there size come fall then the ones with there mother. Most of the time there right out in the field with the rest of the local deer. Once there weened there mother is only a companion. They learn where the food is real fast. As a matter of fact where we shoot they probably eat better because there less fearful and go where the best crops are and go there earlier in the evening then fawns with there mothers. We don't shoot any on purpose but once in a while a fawn at 200 yards looks like a doe at 300. the farmer absolutely hates fawns. hed rather have us shoot them then any deer. He says there the worse at just ripping up areas and not even eating. they play by tearing up potatoes and like I said tend to go for only the best quality. He kind of gets mad at us for not shooting them. Even my dad pesters me to shoot them. He will tell you theres no better roast on earth then a fawn hind quarter. Hes right they are tasty and I don't really have any moral qualms shooting them. It just to much work for the 20 lbs of meat you get off one.
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    Thanks for the answer Lloyd.
    Two years ago I shot a big doe with 2 large fawns. I killed the doe DRT. I figured they were big enough to survive on their own. We are infested with deer, so I shouldn't worry about them. This is in a 6 acre field in my back yard on the side of my garden. We have killed over 100 deer in that field in the last 20 years.
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    If you need the deer out shoot them all. Assuming a legal option and you depending on the garden's income.
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    Veal Chops. Never saw so many twins and triplets as this year.

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    We’re not short here either on deer. Louisiana harvest about 1/4 million a year, and I think about that many are killed on the roads. I’d rather shoot them and use the meat rather than see em on the road dead and bloated. Buzzard buffet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmerjim View Post
    How old does a fawn need to be to survive without it's mother?
    I have 4 does inside the fence of my garden. There are places for them to hide, but I can easily find them. I know that they have some fawns, but they are impossible to find unless I almost step on them.. I have tried to chase them outside of the fence, but it is a no go as they circle back around and will not exit the wide open gate. I can kill all of the does, but would like to wait till the fawns can survive. The ones I have seen are quite small and covered in spots.
    Perhaps a call to your local or state wildlife office or Dept. of Nat. Resources, a Game Warden/Conservation officer, or whatever agency is in charge of wildlife in LA., and ask them about this?

    Around MN., you can apply for a license to take deer year round " on YOUR land", if you are a "rural" landowner & you can demonstrate that the deer are damaging or eating your crops, be it garden vegetables, corn/soybean crop, fruit trees , etc.. Particularly, if you have already made efforts to stop them such as fences, etc..

    That is my opinion/suggestion for this situation.

    I think you are doing the right thing by trying to get more info & not taking out the lil ones or the mothers before their time, if not necessary. Respecting the game is a big part of the hunt, IMO.


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