October Fawns

I’ve bumped into a large doe and her twins several times since the first of October. This time of year it is not unusual to find deer feeding throughout the day (and night), building fat reserves for the leaner months ahead. Acorns, apples and succulent herbaceous foliage are staples.

Adult doe and one of her fawns, foraging on apples and herbaceous vegetation

Our white-tail fawns, now about 4 months old, are maturing rapidly. An insulated winter coat has replaced the sleek, spotted, summer attire (although rows of spots are still faintly visible on the back).

One of two fawn twins

The fawns are foot-stomping curious, but alert and ready to bolt if necessary – just like mom.

Fawn evaluating the threat of human scent drifting in the breeze

And, they’ve been weaned – no more free meals!

Adult doe rejecting her fawn’s attempt to nurse.

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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