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.
Edited by redsnow (06/21/18 09:52 AM)
Edit Reason: Added.