Mature does in my area carry an average of 1.7 fetuses per doe. My last year’s fawn recruitment numbers were .3 fawns per doe. According to our G&F - the majority of those 1.7 fetuses are actually birthed. That means - the majority of the fawns at my place perish between middle of May and end of September when I do my camera surveys. I attribute the mortality primarily to bobcat and coyote predation.What is your goal or ideal fawn recruitment number, percentage?
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That said, the highest fawn recruitment numbers I have ever seen on a camera survey have been right at .7 fawns per doe. That is a bumper crop for us. On the low end, it is not uncommon to see .3 fawns per doe, like last fall. I feel OK about fawn recruitment numbers above .5 - and feel really good above .6.
But this is largely area specific. I have 15 adjacent landowners. On one 1200 acre neighbor - one buck and no does were killed. On one 15 acre neighbor, four does and one buck were killed. We killed no does on my 300 acres so the neighbors could kill some. There are so many factors that play into this that are specific to your area that makes it hard to decide what to do. Fifteen years ago, we decided to reduce our doe population down to a 1:1 buck doe ration. It took three years to do it. We were not left with enough does to produce enough fawns to overcome total mortality. It took ten years of killing no does to get our deer back.