Fawn (Baby Deer) Information and Photos

White-tailed deer mate in the fall from October to early December. Their babies, called fawns, are born approximately seven months later in the early spring or summer. White-tailed deer are considered a uniparental speciesmeaning the fawns are only cared for by one parent (the doe). Shortly before the doe is ready to give birth she chooses a birthing area, a spot covered by vegetation that will help conceal her fawns from predators. Once there, she will drive off any other deer that try to enter the area, even her own offspring. Her existing female offspring may rejoin her and her newborns later on, but the males will either leave voluntarily or be permanently driven off to start life on their own.

Fawns at Birth

Fawns weigh about 8 pounds at birth and twins are quite common, especially if the doe has been healthy and well-fed throughout her pregnancy. They are helpless at birth, but able to stand and take a few steps within the first hour. Because the blood and fluids at the birthing site may attract predators, as soon as they get to their feet the doe leads the fawn to a new sheltered spot called a form. If she has twins, the doe may place each fawn in a separate form up to 200 feet apart so that if one is discovered by a predator, the second will remain safe. At birth, the fawns reddish-brown coats are dappled with white spots. This makes them nearly invisible to predators while lying motionless among vegetation.
The Fawn's First Year

The fawns will spend their first three to four weeks in the form, or until their wobbly legs grow strong enough to keep up with their mothers. The does dont tend to their fawns nonstop; since her fawns are born odor-free, the doe keeps her distance, except when nursing, to avoid having her own scent draw predators to them. The fawns are born with the instinct to remain still and quiet while their mothers are away. Its common for people to happen upon newborn fawns curled up in a field or forest alone and mistakenly assume they have been orphaned, but that is almost never the case! If this happens to you, enjoy the moment and then quietly move on. Although the fawns mother is probably not visible, it is likely that she is somewhere nearby. Should the fawn start to follow you, gently push on its shoulder until it lies down and then slowly walk away. This is the same way the doe would communicate to her fawn that she wants it to stay hidden.

After about three weeks of hiding, the fawns can run fast enough to keep up with their mothers and start following them everywhere. The protective does begin to show their young how to find food, but even after the young start grazing or browsing, they will continue to nurse for some time. Eventually they will rely solely on the foods they will eat as adults: acorns, corn, soybeans, mushrooms, grasses, tree leaves, buds, twigs and bark, wild grapes, apples and assorted shrubs.
Navigating Life on Their Own

White-tailed deer are considered fawns until they are a year old, when they are called yearlings. The death rate among both fawns and yearlings is high. They are killed by predators (wolves, coyotes, bears, and bobcats) bad weather, disease, or a lack of maternal care if their mother is killed or abandons them. Researchers have estimated that as many as 30% to 40% of white-tailed deer die during their first or second year.

After they reach their second year the females are called does and the males are called bucks or stags. Female whitetails will remain with their mother until they are about two years old. Males leave their mothers after the first year. Distinguishing between the male and female genders becomes easier as they grow. Females tend to have a slighter frame and do not have antlers. Males are larger and begin growing antlers several months after birth. They shed their antlers in the winter every year, and start growing a new pair each spring. The age of a deer cannot be accurately determined by the size or number of points (tines) on an antler. Antler development is determined by nutrition, not age, although older more experienced bucks do tend to grow the largest racks.

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December 16, 20171 found this helpful

fantastic wild animal

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July 28, 20190 found this helpful

I have 2 1/2 acres. I have a nice creek. Found a dead male 8 point deer about 7 years ago in this creek. All of the deers that I ever see have been killed in the major hiway that runs past my house. BUT Monday there was a beautiful big doe. She paced alittle and then went towards the creek


But came back later and shared the dogfood I feed the the raccoons. that was beautiful

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We have been watching a pregnant doe for a while and today she brought her new fawn to our backyard. But instead of white spots it has white irregular stripes. Do they vary according to the age or is this a different species of deer? Thank you.


July 17, 20181 found this helpful

There is a black striped deer and a white striped deer. Maybe the father is one of those

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July 17, 20180 found this helpful

yes, it sounds like a different species, maybe one not common in your area

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

It may be that the stripes were the longer "spots" and have extended to form a close line as the fawn ages?


It cannot be from the white-striped deer as their stripes run across the body and not the length of the body.

I would suggest you contact your county extension office (Google with your zip code) and send them the picture to see what their reaction would be.
Also, if you are near a university they might be interested and supply you with an answer.

Neat to have this going on in your back yard - very trusting.

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

Sweet!!! Like you, we have a ton of deer and babies in our area also!

I agree with cybergrannie to show a photo to your local extension office or ag school.

My thought is it may be an optical illusion of sorts, which I think someone else suggested...that they are the spots, close together and look like a line. You do not want to get close enough to see better or mom may storm at you (my good friend was just "threatened" recently for a totally unintentional threat to a mom and baby).


I found a neat article from Penn State about coloring:


Enjoy them, but be aware of the ticks...our poor pup had Lyme disease from deer ticks....and he only goes out for a few minutes, in our front yard, at the bottom of the steps, 3 times a day to do his business. Scary stuff.

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July 22, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your advise. I had not seen the baby for a few days but it came back yesterday. There are no more stripes, only elongated spots, I guess with growing they kind of separate. I was unable to take a new photo.

I am from Puerto Rico so for me it's amazing to have so many of these beautiful animals coexisting right here in town. And my granddaughter also loves them. I heard from a lady who works at the courthouse, that one of these babies walked right into a corridor (there is no door) and they went through a lot of trouble trying to get it out without it getting hurt.

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July 22, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much for the article, very interesting the thing with the spots. And yes, I am very much aware of the ticks. My neighbor used to feed them very close to the house and I had to ask her to do it a little farther away, across the road, so we don't have ticks jumping on our legs etc.


So sorry about your pup.

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July 22, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for you reply!

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July 22, 20180 found this helpful

You are most welcome! That is wise to have them fed at a distance. That is amazing they were in a building. Yikes. Be blessed! Enjoy the natural wonders!

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July 23, 20180 found this helpful

Several years ago I lived in an area that had lots of free roaming deer and I was always seeing the babies following their moms.
The free roaming area belonged to the University of Florida (200 acres) and the deer loved to walk up and down the fence that fronted a highway so that was how we could see so many and especially at night!


Many people (including me) made regular trips just to see these gorgeous animal families. Of course, they somehow knew they were safe and completely ignored us.

The University of Florida has several places where there are free roaming animals - Bison and Antelope for a couple and it makes me feel good knowing these animals have almost nothing to fear and always receive plenty of food and medical needs.

Thanks for posting the photo and keeping us updated.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

I am amazed how these animals know who to trust. People have taken over their territory and it is terrible to hear people complaining about these animals roaming their streets and backyards.

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June 6, 2011

This fawn is a few days old. It was born in our yard, here it is resting under a tree near our house. The Mom is nowhere to be seen. It was found by my wife while picking garlic mustard in our yard.

By Rob French

A fawn sleeping under a tree in Wisconsin

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September 28, 2011

While driving along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park a few weeks ago, I was able to capture this Mother Doe and her Fawn posing together ever so nicely in the woods. I couldn't have planned it any better myself.

Mother and Fawn Deer in the Woods

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June 10, 2013

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While out walking, we spotted this baby fawn laying in the grass.

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Hords Creek, Coleman, TX

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September 13, 2011

While visiting Shenandoah National Park this weekend, I was so excited to have seen this little baby fawn. It really doesn't get much cuter than this!

Baby Fawn on the Edge of Woods

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I was lucky enough to see this fawn, let alone have it decide to scratch an itch!

Wildlife: Fawn

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We went away for the weekend, and we stopped at Elk Neck State Park in North East Maryland. Along the side of this road was a brave little fawn that didn't seem to notice that we stopped our car right next to her.

Little fawn

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Four fawns that learned to eat corn treat. Believe it or not, they have to be taught what to eat by watching their mothers. But they will taste-test numerous flowers and landscape plants on their own. It's odd things they don't know to eat; like tacos, apples, grapes, etc., that they watch their mothers eat it or not.

Fawns and older deer eating food.

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June 15, 2005

Here are our new neighbors, mom and baby. This is just one of at least two pairs that live in and around our yard in rural Washington near the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Baby is about a week old now and follows mom very closely everywhere she goes.

Doe and fawn in garden.

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I was riding around in the area where I am considering purchasing a house, and I came upon this fawn. The fawn did not seem to be afraid of the car, so I stopped, and it obliged me by posing for a few pictures!

Perfect Model (Fawn)

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August 5, 2010

I was having my coffee in the sunroom when something caught my eye in the yard. At first I thought it was a neighbor dog. Looking closer, I see it is a baby deer. He couldn't have been more than a week old.

I grabbed my camera and got a shot. I looked around for momma but didn't see anything. Poor little thing started running up the field next door. I looked this morning but no sign of him or his mother. I hope he found her.

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Most likely the fawn was not abandoned. Once a doe gives birth to a fawn, she will leave them alone for a time. She will only return to nurse them.

When fawns are born they do not have a scent on them but the mother does. Since the mother does have a scent, she would draw in predators. So she stays away from the fawn for a while, I forgot for how long.

Our PA state game commissioner explained this to me. We had a newborn fawn on our property and thought it was abandoned. We didn't touch it, just watched it.

He told me some people will take the fawn, thinking it was abandoned and notify them. When this happens usually the fawn never gets back to the mother and must be hand raised. So if you ever see a newborn fawn, just let it be, Mom is near by. (06/15/2010)

By it's.only.me

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June 14, 2010

Our friends had a house fire last year causing them to move out while the house was being renovated. Since we live on a country road, we get to see a lot of deer in our yards. Since no one is living in their home right now, this little fawn was napping under a Hosta plant. We almost didn't see her.

We knew better than to touch her or hang around too long, so I took a couple of quick pictures before leaving her alone. She is fine, since the following day, she was frolicking with her mother in the woods behind the home.

By Patti

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Awwwww! :) (05/28/2010)

By Lee Taylor

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I loved your photo. Thanks. (05/28/2010)

By Janet

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What a wonderful photo of such a cute baby! Thumbs up! (05/28/2010)

By Deeli

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That is the cutest! (05/28/2010)

By Stacey

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I love it! How precious and how lucky you were to see her. Thank you for sharing this picture. You've started more smiles than you are aware of. (05/28/2010)

By Beth

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Aww, thanks for sharing your tale and pic. I'm glad the little gal is well and happy. (06/03/2010)

By Lelia Jo Cordell

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May 27, 2010

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This is a picture of a baby deer that we found on our property the other day when we went to pick tomatoes. She was lying right beside the garden fence and she made a little cry, or we would never have known that she was there. I was able to take some great photos with my phone before leaving. We saw her later with her mom, so we know that she was not abandoned.

By one.of.a.kind from Locust Fork, AL


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I love deer! They are so pretty/handsome and fawns are just the cutest :-) (09/17/2009)

By Deeli

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Great picture! You were fortunate to get so close. (09/19/2009)

By Nancy Owens

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What a precious photo. Thank you so much for sharing it. You have made my day. Bless you! (09/19/2009)

By Sharon Stone Gibson

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How wonderful God is with his creatures. (09/19/2009)

By Penny

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She's beautiful! How lucky you were to be there. (09/21/2009)

By Beth

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How awesome, so sweet and innocent God's work. (09/27/2009)

By Annie Rios Hill

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September 17, 2009

This little guy lost his footing trying to run after his mom when we drove into our driveway. It only took a few minutes before he was up and reunited with his waiting mother.

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