OT-Springtime in Central Texas

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I found this little guy with his leg caught in a fence this morning in
my yard. I freed him and placed him behind some tall grass down in the
yard. I guess we'll need to keep the yappers in the house all day 'till
its mom comes back for it.
Reply to
Gary Brady
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Put out some water and Keep a Close Eye on him from a distance! Looks too young to be weaned, and nature is a bitch - Mama might not come back for him figuring he's lost, Oh Well, try again next year...
Now that you helped him out of that fence he smells like people and not deer, and Mama is likely to be really wary of that. Might take some convincing on the kid's part, and if he isn't up to the task... Then it's time to call a local wildlife rehabilitator and get some direction, and a quick rundown on your local laws.
You may end up with a tame deer in your neighborhood that trims all your bushes, mooches carrots and answers to "Bambi".
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Bruce L. Bergman
Bruce is right, if mama will not let it suck it will die because the fawn smells like a human. I saw a nature film one time that proved fawns have no scent. They had a coyote looking for the fawn and it went all around it. I have raised one doe. It was going downhill till I put some chlorophyll in the cows milk. I bought it(chlorophyll) at a healthfood store. Turned the little sucker around. It got the scours. I had a Labrador retriever that kept its rear end licked clean. Growing up it loved house plants, cookies, popcorn, grapes, potato chips. It will eat about what a goat will eat. I never tried it but maybe goats milk will be a good replacement. Lets hope that mama will take it back. Wild idea but if she will not take it back rub it down with something else to kill the human smell, such as vanilla, molasses, something to get her to licking the fawn, and getting her scent back on the fawn.
Scott in Texas
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jano
You're a good man, Gary.
Besides..it will be at least 3 yrs until its big enough to eat. (G)
Gunner
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Gunner
Or Momma may have met a car or truck.
Indeed.
ayup..seen a number of them over the years. If its a male..and he sticks around..have him nutted. They can get a little rank during rutting season and could ding someone.
Buddy of mine has about 8 tame deer..or they have him..shrug. He knocks em out ever year and cuts off their antlers before deer season then takes bright orange tree paint and sprays "COW" on their sides. They are on mostly private property..and the locals know to leave them alone.
They love to be scratched between the horn bosses. They will line up to head butt you until you give em a good scratching
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