In this series, I’ll highlight a few interesting aspects for one of the most prevalent creatures in our country, the White-tailed Deer. get redirected here Much of this information is relevant in whole or in part to other deer species such as Elk, Mule Deer, etc… I am starting this multi-part series with spring and will highlight the series with summer, fall (breeding) and winter writings over the following year, each with their particular effect on our ever-loved deer.
Spring, every one of us greatly loves a time of year. It’s a time of renewal, of rebirth and of looking forward to many great hours of gardening, picnics and other fun times. It’s much more than fun picnics for white-tailed deer, it’s time to eat one more time. Making it spring for many wild creatures is truly the survival of the fittest, the strongest and smartest of all. Once the spring greenery drops in, deer goes into overdrive enjoying the new grasses and springtime shots. Most deer are thin, hungry and needing huge amounts of nutrients.
This is especially true of pregnant females. They have grown a baby, or two or three, apart from surviving the winter themselves. For most of the United States the start of the breeding season is around mid-November. The typical Doe has about 203 days of gestation which will give birth to her fawns on or about June 8. Obviously, this date of birth will swing from the first part of May to early July, but in the first 16 days of June, the vast majority of all Does will be born there fawns. These dates tend to be early in the northern latitudes and later in the south, and occasionally much later.
When spring greenery is accessible, the nutritional needs of the Doe outstand when their babies grow faster and bigger. With the production of new green growth in April, all Does start feeding heavily in order to regain their energy and provide nutrition for their ever-growing children. The changes brought about in spring will also modify the habits of your deer. They’ll move from feeding grounds in winter to lush pastures and meadowlands. It’s not rare to have your deer one day at the feeder and then go entirely the next, only to return in a few weeks as the forest floor starts its own green production. If you realize a change in feeding activities for your deer, be patient as they will be back in time to show off their babies.