Is at this time of the year when fawns begin to born. As a defense strategy, they stand still when danger approaches, which makes many people think they are abandoned. A common reaction is picking them to try to save their lives, which leads just to the opposite.
This is a serious error, since their mother is always close watching, although we don’t see it. If we pick it, we are condemning the poor fawn to death, since it is very difficult to breed them in captivity.
The reason of this post is to raise awareness of its existence to all your friends, family, etc. .. that usually go to the outdoors, in order to try to lower the rate of fawns that are being collected every year all around the world. So spread the word!. If someone sees a fawn, don’t take it, nor touch it or trample the area, as this can attract opportunistic predators, or even make the mother reject it.
Good luck all in the field,
Roe deer season starts this sunday. I have been doing some scouting but havent found anything good enough yet. Spending time in the woods in early season is as important as shooting our bows, in order to localize the big males when the woods are so calm.
The reason of this post is to share the curios reason roe deer have antlers this time of the year, which is when all other deer species in the northern hemisphere lose their antlers.
Roe deers have just lost their velvet during this past month of March, and the rut usually takes place in early august. This does not have much sense since this will cause the fawns to born in winter time, in which they will not have any chance of surviving. The phenomenom females experience to solve this is called Embryonic Diapause.
In embryonic diapause, the embryo does not immediately implant in the uterus, but is maintained in a state of dormancy. Little to no development takes place while the embryo remains unattached to the uterine wall. As a result, the normal gestation period is extended for a species-specific period of time, until females give birth in May, in which the resources are plenty. Other mammals do the same but the roe deer is the only deer to do this.
This is the reason why in europe the hunting season goes year round, since we have antlered animals both in spring and autumn.
Good luck all in the woods,