When do Does drop fawns???

Bailey Boat

Ten Pointer
It's nothing unusual to see deer in the small patch of woods behind my house but their always just passing through as there isn't anything to eat but acorns in the fall. Today however I've seen a doe hanging around almost all day. She is just milling around the area, doesn't seem to be focused on anything in particular. I got out my spotting scope and looked over the area very carefully but can't see anything but her. I don't want to go into the area and have kept Lucy away for fear of spooking her away.
Is it possible that she has dropped a fawn and is keeping an eye on it until it can travel and follow her??
 

lasttombstone

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
The gestation period for whitetail deer is 201 days or about 6.7 months. Given a normal rut in this area beginning about early November one would expect to see the first fawns around mid May I think. In areas with a sever imbalance between bucks and does I would expect some does were not bread till sometime in January or later which mean they won't drop till as late as early August or later. In your case, I would think it is highly unlikely that she has a fawn now.
 

Deerherder

Eight Pointer
I saw some very small fawn tracks last weekend. I probably could have covered the track with the tips of my index & middle fingers. I really didn’t think too much of it, but that must have been an early dropped fawn.
 

Buxndiverdux

Old Mossy Horns
I saw some very small fawn tracks last weekend. I probably could have covered the track with the tips of my index & middle fingers. I really didn’t think too much of it, but that must have been an early dropped fawn.
One thing to keep in mind is the feral piggies. To the untrained eye, they look like fawn tracks and produce offspring year round. There may not be any where you are, but they are around.
 

Deerherder

Eight Pointer
One thing to keep in mind is the feral piggies. To the untrained eye, they look like fawn tracks and produce offspring year round. There may not be any where you are, but they are around.

As the famous Talladega Nights quote goes, “Don’t you put that evil on me” regarding the feral pigs. 😃

It’s a fair point though. We haven’t seen any hogs on this farm & these tracks didn’t have any larger hog-like tracks nearby so I hope they aren’t little piggies. That said, it is in Wilson Co. & I know that eventually the pigs in Greene & Johnston counties will find their way to us.
 
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Bailey Boat

Ten Pointer
She was still hanging around Tuesday morning but haven't seen her since. I spent some time yesterday afternoon watching the plot but she was no where to be seen. I guess she's moved on, I'll check the woods carefully today for sign....
 
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