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#26040 - 06/17/18 08:26 AM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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#26042 - 06/17/18 01:48 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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Reckon those bears are eating many of your fawns?
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#26043 - 06/17/18 06:45 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: Hal]
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Originally Posted By: Hal
Reckon those bears are eating many of your fawns?



Every one they find, as well as any beaver out of the water

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#26044 - 06/18/18 06:41 AM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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Yes, I agree that bear kill quite a few fawns. And I'm sure that the coyotes and bobcats are hunting them pretty hard now too.

I did see my first fawn yesterday, it was about the size of a house cat, just a little bit taller. It wasn't very steady on it's feet.

The mailman and the guys on the trash truck first reported seeing fawns about 3 weeks ago. So give or take, around the 1'st of June.

We've had some wet weather, folks around here are just now starting to make hay. Talked to a man that started cutting hay last Friday. Nobody likes to talk about stuff like this, and I would have never asked if we weren't good friends. I'm not sure how many acres he mowed off, but 5 fawns got caught in his mower. Those guys have some big equipment, and he told me that he was running 8 or 9 MPH. He didn't see a single fawn, just felt it when they hit the rollers.

Just one of those things, there's nothing you can do. You've gotta make hay when the sun shines.

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#26045 - 06/21/18 06:43 AM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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Well, I'm still getting reports from the folks making hay.

Above where I said "Those guys have some big equipment", the man is running a 150 horsepower 4-wheel-drive tractor, pulling a disc-bine that's 13 feet, 6 inches wide. Without getting my calculator, running at 8 or 9 MPH, he can mow an acre of hay in a matter of minutes. In my opinion, those guys are the most efficient farmers in this area.

Talked to a man working another river bottom farm, he said he was right on average (fawn count), compared to past years.

Talked to another bunch working a farm at the base of the mountain, they've not found a single fawn. So they are below average.

Running short on time this morning, wanted to add that there was an adult doe picked up on June, 16th with 2 unborn fawns.

But the majority of fawns should have been born.

But these guys make hay, year after year, on the same property, so that should be a pretty good indication of what's going on. I do the same with fox, coon and rabbits. Coyotes and all.

I will add this, for anyone not familiar with making hay. An adult deer standing in a hay field, here in late June, the only thing that you can see above the grass would be their head and maybe part of their neck. A fawn, ten pounds or so, you just can't see the little turd.

I'm familiar with these farms, there's a little bit more to the story, and I'll be getting more reports.

I'll check cameras, 2, 3 and 4 maybe this weekend. Hopefully we'll have something interesting.





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#26049 - 06/26/18 02:50 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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I checked camera #4, Wardney's salt lick, on 6/24/18. About 350 pictures this check. I do have pictures of fawn deer, not many worth posting. I did see another fawn that day, I was in the truck, and I'd say that we spotted each other at the same time, it spun around and took off! I could only see it for a few seconds, but it was running good!

We've had a lot of rain in this area, over 3 inches, in the last 5 days. The rain has shut down the hay making operations. The fawn that I mentioned, it was out in the middle of a hay field, my opinion, it's wild enough, fast enough, it's unlikely that it'll end up in the mower.

Our ground is so wet and sloppy now, I'll check cameras 1, 2 and 3 after we get some sunshine. I don't want to drive up there and cut the road all to hell, just to change sd cards.


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#26050 - 06/26/18 04:02 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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#26051 - 06/26/18 04:05 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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#26052 - 06/26/18 04:18 PM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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#26076 - 07/11/18 06:39 AM Re: 2018 Deer Antler, Fawn growth Trail camera thread. [Re: redsnow]
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Well, I checked camera #4, yesterday, 7/9/18. Camera #4 is about 7 air miles up the creek from here, only had 60 pictures, the set of Energizer "ultimate lithium" batteries finally died, on June 30th. That Stealth camera has been mounted, since June of 2017, with it's original set of batteries. It's taken somewhere around 4,000 pictures. For a $14 set of batteries, that's not bad. About 4 cents per day!

It's on page #2 of the 2017 "deer thread", when I first mounted that camera.

Thanks to the fine folks of Photobucket, the pictures are still visible.

I've been seeing several fawns.


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