We’ve seen this White-Tailed Deer fawn twice in the past week.


It and its Mother have stayed mostly in the shadows, so it’s been even more difficult than usual to tell its sex. It has one characteristic of a buck fawn: it cavorts around recklessly, usually in 50- to 100-foot circles around Mom, who often has to pursue it when it refuses to come.


The other two major characteristics of buck fawns are a flatter head than doe fawns and white spots where the buck’s button antlers will appear. We haven’t been able to check these out carefully. White-Tailed fawns reportedly weigh between four and eight pounds at birth in the late spring or early summer. By November, the bucks reportedly weigh up to 85 pounds and the does up to 80. (Brooklin, Maine)