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Old Jan 31st 2018, 07:08 AM   #1
 
  Jul 2017
  Magnolia TX
Fawn release

A question to licensed deer wildlife rehabilitators - how soon do you release your fawns after they have been weaned from bottle?
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Old Jan 31st 2018, 09:13 AM   #2
 
  Jul 2009
if you are going to release em right after weaning you may as well just shoot em then because the survival rate to one year will be zero.

I would make plans, and room, to keep em over winter and release after spring greenup. Much, much better survival rate.
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Old Jan 31st 2018, 01:06 PM   #3
 
  Jul 2017
  Magnolia TX
The governing board over Wildlife Rehabilitators in our state won't
allow us to keep them that long. They have to be released by 12/31.
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Old Jan 31st 2018, 04:56 PM   #4
 
  Jul 2017
  Magnolia TX
I disagree with your statement that their survival rate is zero. We release fawns in groups of 2 - 8; in areas where there are established deer herds nearby. We have seen the released fawns join the groups of older does and older bucks. Releasing them in late July/early August would still allow them plenty of available browse and forbs to eat before winter sets in.
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Old Feb 2nd 2018, 04:01 PM   #5
 
  Jul 2009
1. ya'll need to change that boards rules.
2. Disagree all you want, it still won't save those fawns. Been doing this for near 40 years.
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