Life anew in the deer world, every month of the year

A fawn young enough to still have spots is certainly unusual on Nov. 1, but not unheard of.

I’ve gotten some nice photos of bucks on my trail cameras this fall, but one of my favorites is of a ┬ádeer wearing spots instead of antlers.

A camera near El Dorado got this pic of a spotted fawn on Nov. 1. It’s the first I’ve seen with such visible spots, so late in the year.

Most Kansas fawns are born in late May, June or early July. Yet biologists tell us births have been documented all 12 months of the year.

Why is that?

Such fawns are the probable result of a doe fawn that was born late last year, coming into estrous a few months later than most does. Also, it’s nature’s way that any doe that doesn’t get bred during her main period of estrous will cycle back again within about a month.

Most fawns have lost their spots by mid-September. Occasionally I get a report as late as Oct. 1.

So, what are this fawn’s chances of survival because it was born so late? Well, a lot depends on if it’s driven away from its doe by a buck during this ongoing rut. Should that happen it might well join up with another group of temporarily orphaned fawns. Once reunited with its doe, the little fawn’s chances of making it through the winter increase significantly.