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August 11, 2012
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November 23, 2012

By today, Nov. 23, most does have been bred where I live in southern Missouri – and throughout most of the whitetail’s range. There are exceptions including parts of Alabama, south Texas, etc. How can I say that confidently?

Each year throughout the whitetails’ range most fawns are born before June 15 (except in parts of Alabama, south Texas, etc.). The gestation period for white-tailed deer is approximately 200 days. Therefore does bred on or before Nov. 23 would be born on or before June 11. Most fawns are born during mid-May to early June.

Fawns are usually two to three weeks old when they begin actively following does. It’s certainly possible to see a doe moving a fawn (encouraging it along) before the fawn is two weeks old, but when you begin seeing fawns in multiple places you can be confident they are at least two to three weeks old.

A great tip is to pay attention to when you see fawns or begin noticing fawns on trail cameras and then subtract 190 days and estimate when the peak of breeding occurred (and will occure again) in that area.

Deer And Fawn
This picture was taken May 25 and the fawn is probably a week or less old. Not many fawns are seen traveling with does at this time of year at my farm.

I’d much rather hunt a week or so before than after the peak of breeding! When the majority of does are receptive, bucks don’t have to move far to find a doe and begin tending her. Bucks will move the least amount possible while tending a doe. More movement simply means another buck is likely to attempt to cut in on the action.

I like hunting before the peak of breeding more than the week after the peak of breeding. There are two reasons for this statement. First, there will likely be more bucks available to hunt during the pre-rut. Some bucks will be killed by hunters, injured or killed while fighting, etc., during the peak of breeding. There will simply be fewer bucks available to hunt after the peak of breeding. Second, the level of activity/movement seems higher before the peak of breeding compared to after the peak. The party is just starting and everyone wants in on the action!

Paying attention to when you and your friends begin seeing fawns next summer can be a great clue to when you should schedule time to hunt next fall!

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Home: Republic, Missouri
Family: Tracy (wife), Raleigh & Rae (daughters)
Hobbies: Deer & turkey hunting, improving habitat, fishing
Rifle/Bow Preference: Whatever season is open!

Hunting Stuff

Years Been Hunting: I started rabbit hunting and trapping at 7, 45 years ago
Prefessional Affiliations:
The Wildlife Society, Archery Trade Association, Quality Deer Management Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Missouri Trappers Association, National Rifle Association
Hunting Strength:
Being a research biologist that specializes in white-tailed deer, I've been able to use my knowledge of deer behavior to help pattern mature bucks on a consistent basis.
Favorite Technique:
 Pattern a mature buck and then place a stand/blind or spot and stalk and end up at the same place as the buck without the buck knowing I'm present
Favorite Game to Hunt:
White-tailed deer & wild turkey
Favorite Hunting Gear: Nikon binoculars. Seeing game before they see me has been one of my best techniquesFavorite Places to Hunt: Missouri, Kansas and Texas
Favorite Places to Hunt:
My farm near Branson, MO. My favorite state to hunt besides MO is KS.
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Early turkey season and the pre-rut
Favorite Time to Hunt: Deer tend to be most active just before a substantial change in the weather — I really enjoy hunting food sources just before a major front.
Favorite Way to Hunt:
Favorite Gear:  

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: 169" whitetail & several large wild boars
Greatest Hunting Achievement: 11 year old Kansas whitetail buck with a recurve bow after a long spot and stalk — shot at 7 yards
Favorite Hunting Moment: Watching my daughters take their first deer & turkeys

Dr. Grant Woods is a wildlife biologist specializing in deer management and research. He schooled at Missouri State University, University of Georgia, and received his Ph.D. from Clemson University. His success at conducting wildlife research, educating hunters about advanced hunting and management techniques, and designing site-specific management plans to improve deer herd quality is well known throughout the whitetail world. He is passionate about wildlife management and hunting and shares his knowledge with others via a weekly show on the web at GrowingDeer.tv and through events at Bass Pro stores as part of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team

 

Dr. Grant Woods is a wildlife biologist specializing in deer management and research. He schooled at Missouri State University, University of Georgia, and received his Ph.D. from Clemson University. His success at conducting wildlife research, educating hunters about advanced hunting and management techniques, and designing site-specific management plans to improve deer herd quality is well known throughout the whitetail world. He is passionate about wildlife management and hunting and shares his knowledge with others via a weekly show on the web at GrowingDeer.tv and through events at Bass Pro stores as part of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team

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