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Old 01-12-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Early May...
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A pregnant doe sheds its grey Winter coat.
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She will give birth from one to three fawns anytime from late May to early June.
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They are taught to lie still when danger is near...They have no scent.
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The bucks delicate antlers are are now nearing their second months growth. They are covered with a living tissue called velvet.
This growth begins in a backward motion, then quickly changes its direction forward. It is one of the fastest growing tissues known and can grow as much as a inch per day depending upon their nutrition and gene pool. This is the time when most antler damage or breakage occurs.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:03 PM   #2
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And then? it helps to decimate the native seedlings on the forest floor...
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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Awe Jack.....You must have heard the phrase...The buck stops here!
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June
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In her new summer toned coat she scans the area.
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You may come out now...It is safe
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YEY!
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Playtime is over and the little fawns are hungry.
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They take turns butting and suckling upon their mothers teat.
Sometimes both of them push and shove at each other for the hindmost pair of teats that produce the most milk.
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Mom knows there are other things besides milk to satisfy their hunger.
She shows them how to scratch the soil with their hoof to get to the tender shoots.
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I have to go potty!
Mama helps out...by stimulating the fawn with her tongue to defecate and urinate until they are about 3 weeks old almost every time they're fed.
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What's that? I think I hear something....
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We best go into the brush now... We shall be safe.
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What beautiful photos! I love the area she is standing in looking out into the open. ...but the two fawns running is just *amazing*. Thank you so much for sharing.

I saw deer tracks in the snow in my yard today--same deer trail they always seem to use. ...Maybe I'll get to see a fawn or two some day.
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Havalotta,
Your pictures are priceless!! You are so lucky to have been able to chronicle the lives of these beautiful creatures! Were these taken on your property?
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:40 PM   #8
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The first three photos were taken else where, the rest (in this first series anyway) were on our property.
You can hardly imagine how long it takes to sneak in close enough for many of these shots but hey... Pushing the limit is what it's all about.
You know me...I do so like a challenge. Crawling on my belly, slithering from behind one tree to another, freezing in the most awkward body contorting positions for what seems like eternity until the deer glance away (And I mean ALL of them at the same time) or until they feed or hear something that draws their attention. That's half the fun of it.
Hmmm... and half the pain of it too.

I've been taking pictures of deer wherever and whenever I've seen them since I've boughten my first (one and still only digital) December of 2008
That would be about a two year time frame. I've always wanted to do a progress report on their lives and finally felt I had enough photos to do so.
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... the rest (in this first series anyway) were on our property.
You have a beautiful piece of land.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:11 PM   #10
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Thank you...
Having 26 acres along the Menominee river is very nice but it's quite small for exploring purposes.
Most of my hikes go into other areas beyond where most people tread.
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