Sure, it will be months before does have fawns to nurse in the spring, but this photo sent in by Lee Aument is interesting because it shows just how late in the year a fawn will nurse before its weaned. Aument said he retrieved the photo from his trail camera on Sept. 25, and judging by the size of the fawn and the apparent absence of spots, it is more than old enough to be weaned.
“I have known that some does nurse their fawns well after they are weaned. I’ve witnessed it a long time ago in Lancaster County, during the late archery season, near the PA Turnpike with my father,” Aument wrote.
Fawns are usually weaned by the time they’re 10 weeks old. But, as Aument pointed out, they will continue to nurse until they are 5 or 6 months old if their mother allows. At 10 weeks of age, fawns are able to feed on their own and they no longer rely on nursing for survival.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Tom Venesky