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Deer Life Cycle

Fawn During most of the year, male and female deer self-segregate into small herds.  In the fall or early winter, herds break up as the deer search for a mate.  Then, in May or June, fawns are born --- usually one or two per doe.

Female groups consist of one to a few does and their offspring.  Young bucks leave their mothers when they are a bit over a year old and travel outside the territory to live in a bachelor group.  Daughter deer stick around longer, usually staying with their mothers for two years until they are ready to mate and give birth to their own fawns.

Deer pressure on the garden is usually greatest in fall and early winter as the newly enlarged female herds search for enough food to get their fawns through the winter.  Due to overpopulation, many of the deer are literally starving in the autumn and are willing to eat just about anything they can find, including supposedly deer resistant plants.  This makes fall the most dangerous time for gardeners trying to stay ahead of the deer!

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this is a very good website, it as help me a so bloody much!!! thanks :)
Comment by jack Friday afternoon, February 4th, 2011
It's been amazing to be able to actually grow a garden without feeding half of it to the deer. I hope you have equal luck.
Comment by anna at teatime on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
I love deer <3 ♥
Comment by my ass Saturday evening, February 12th, 2011
I used to love our deer too, until reality struck and I realized how overpopulated our region was. The deer are difficult for us to deal with, but the problems they present in the surrounding woods are worse. Oak trees, for example, are not able to regenerate in many parts of the eastern U.S. now because starving deer munch them to the ground. Like everything else in nature, deer are beautiful in moderation, but when the balance tips, problems ensue.
Comment by anna Monday evening, February 14th, 2011
i love deers that i have bambi 1 and bambi 2
Comment by laura Thursday afternoon, July 14th, 2011
i did not know that much about deer.there cool.
Comment by deeya at teatime on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Re: F*** you (above)

I love deer, too!

Especially the young, tender ones!


To the author of the comment F*** you: you are an imbecile. Deer are the biggest (sized) pest known to man. I shoot them for fun. One can only take so much - they're cute until they make your kid cry, then it's time to "adjust" the deer population. So sorry. You are welcome to come and get as many on the tick-infested vermin as you want. Dead or alive. Let me know, K?

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Comment by Anonymous Saturday afternoon, September 3rd, 2011
i got so much info
Comment by jakiiah at teatime on Friday, December 2nd, 2011
i love deer, their beautiful! xox
Comment by izzi Wednesday evening, July 4th, 2012

Funny... 2.5 million years of evolution to produce an animal capable of trackin and obsevig the stars and there are still fools who disrespect the path that got us here. Animals are food. You are a hunter gatherer. try to ignore it but 99.8% of human existence has been as a hunter. Or maye its just that deer lack the sterile foam and pastic wrap that som of you must have to be able to consume meat.

Comment by ks early Wednesday morning, October 3rd, 2012
you gwuys are craycray, deers (expecially newborn deer) are the cutest thing ever! some of you have a good opinion cause deer are so adorable and everyone knows it. They are not a predator. They do not eat other animals! they eat fruits, crops, grass, and nuts. Deer are usually around 62-87 in. long and stay with their mother for about 2 years after theie born, then they go on their own and hunt for food. Deer or does or usually born in the may or in june. The weight of a deer usually depends on its species and sex. A male can be 100-150 and male can go up to 200pounds. A doe or baby deer can be about 20-30pounds!!! so cute!!! thats all i know so far so good luck people with projects!!! xoxo kay
Comment by kay at lunch time on Monday, April 8th, 2013
thx so much
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