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When Are Fawns Born?

Jenn Smith

Posted on June 16 2020

If you are wondering when deer give birth to fawns, you've come to the right place. This is where you will learn when fawns are born and what this means for home gardeners. Keep reading to learn more.

Fawns are born in the late spring-early summer months beginning in April-June. They are born with eyes wide open; shaky legs and white spots on their brown fur. For the first year, fawns stay close to their mothers where they will stay protected from predatory animals and get milk and other foods. 

During summertime, does will leave their babies behind in the early morning and late evening hours to scout for food. These fawns are not abandoned and should be left alone if spotted. Mother does are usually not far away and keep close watch on their young - and, they will attack if they feel their young are being threatened. 

Fawn birth in spring and summer means that home growers will see double-trouble on their landscapes eating plants. It is recommended that a 7.5' deer fence is built to prevent plant damage from deer. While deer have plenty to eat in the hot summer months, they will not turn down an opportunity to pursue home gardens.