"Spotting" North American
Whitetail Fawns

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Whitetail Fawn in the Summer

North American Whitetail Fawns are truly beautiful creatures, from the time that they are born they are working to survive and learning new skills. If you look closer at whitetail deer facts, you'll find that the summer time is one of the most interesting times for fawns.

Although usually summer is a time when bucks and does are a bit more lazy than usual, the summer time is all about learning new things for whitetail deer fawns.

There is much to be learned before the fall and winter, and they spend the summer frolicking and learning more about life as a whitetail deer.

During the summer the fawns are starting to grow and now they can actually recognize their own mother by her scent. They are learning more about the world from the mother North American Whitetail doe, and spend a lot of time observing the other deer in their deer habitat.

Often during the late summer you'll actually begin to see whitetails begin to herd up, with bucks, doe, and fawns all running together in the same group for awhile.

This is a prime time for whitetail deer fawns to learn more about how they are supposed to be, with young male fawns watching and learning from the bucks.

You'll find that the whitetail deer fawns also begin to really build up during the summer. They begin to learn how they can graze in the deer habitat by imitating the does, so then they don't have to rely so much on their mother's milk.

This will help the fawns to build up fat reserves for the winter that will be along in a few months.

Fawns also begin to molt in the late summer as well, just as their mothers often do. Instead of keeping their reddish summer coat that has white spots on it, they will then start getting a coat that is grayish brown, which helps to make them blend in better as the trees begin to lose their leaves.

Often during the summer months, you'll see the buck fawns get small lumps on their head where they will develop antlers when they are a bit older.

In some cases some of the doe fawns may end up being bred their first fall, so their body is often preparing itself for the breeding season. About 60% of American Whitetail doe fawns will breed when they are only about 6 months old, although they usually will only have one fawn their first year.

Also, you'll find the North American Whitetail fawns all eat a lot during the summer, since they have to build up as much as possible for the coming winter months.  

The summer is definitely a period of growth and learning for the whitetail deer fawn, and much of what they learn now will determine whether or not they will be able to survive into adulthood.

Natural Protection

The fawn is also weaned by the time it loses its spots. By November the average whitetail male fawn will weigh close to 80 to 85 pounds, and the female fawn will weigh 75 to 80 pounds. As the spots disappear, the fawn's coat also changes from its reddish color to a grayish winter coat.

The buck fawn's face grows a bit darker in color but the belly remains white.

When a fawn is born it is odorless so that predators are not attracted to its location. In fact the mother doe will stay away from the fawn for a few days so that her scent does not rub off on the fawn or attract predators to the area where the fawn is hiding while gaining strength.

When a fawn detects danger it will remain perfectly still. Fawns that live past the first week have a good chance of surviving to adulthood.

Mom to the Rescue

Fawns normally don't make any noises except for occasional bleating when in distress. When the fawn bleats and the doe is unable to see the fawn, she will come running to the fawn's rescue. A doe and her fawns live as a family group until the fawns are weaned.

Sometimes multiple does and whitetail deer fawns will group together. Interestingly, the deer habitat where the fawn is born normally becomes its adult habitat.

Whitetail Deer Fawn

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whitetail deer fawnThe buck fawn above is only a few days old. You can see the two round spots on his head between his ears and eyes that gives this information.

The two below are a few months old and getting a lot wiser to the ways of the Whitetail Deer World. The one facing the camera is a buck because you can see the nubs on his head sticking up about an inch in the same spot as the picture above.

Now one always hopes this guy will be a record whitetail deer.

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