Doe and Fawn

This picture of a knock-kneed newborn fawn illustrates how vulnerable fawns can be. It’s unlikely it could even outrun a purse dog. With many fawns being born in or near Texas suburban neighborhoods that formerly were deer habitat, it’s important for fawns to be left alone. They’re probably not abandoned.

This time every year, whitetail and mule deer fawns begin arriving throughout Texas. 

Practically every county having suitable deer habitat will experience it. Most will be whitetails.

John Jefferson is a lifelong outdoorsman, former regulations coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., past executive director of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and author of two books on Texas hunting.

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