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Figured peak breeding was probably going on here around the second to third week of November, seems. Should be some fawns on the ground or hitting the ground right about now here. Did not leave any cameras out year round like I have in the past and was late getting my mineral site cam out, but did get it out for the last week of May and first week of June. Pulled that card last week and did catch several does that had not dropped yet and some looked ready to pop anytime. Had some younger does that did not appear to be pregnant at all.

Anyone seeing little ones yet?

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Too early in MS for fawns since where I hunt in MS the peak rut is late December. Don't typically start seeing any fawns in MS till late June or early July. Haven't been to MO since early May for their last week of turkey season. Talked to our neighbor in MO who's also our ranch manager there. While doing some clover field cutting a couple of weeks ago he bumped a fawn out of a field. Saw another real small one around that time too.

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We got fawns in Northern Wis, a couple weeks now...does seem a bit late here too, May 20th is usual drop time.

Saw two fawns today that looked to be less than a week old

shot my buck Nov. 14th a week before gun season, I believe that was close to PEAK RUT., he was 20 yards to my left,trying to breed a doe before he came out to check on the harrem that came into my setup. I was ready

all the bucks I saw that day were grunting like pigs and I heard them well before seeing them.

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We've had fawns for probably a month now here. I'll drive around before dusk when there out feeding in fields and there's a lot of does with 2 little ones not far from them

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We've had fawns for probably a month now here. I'll drive around before dusk when there out feeding in fields and there's a lot of does with 2 little ones not far from them

Based on a 200 day gestation, your rut last year would have been mid to late October.

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saw my first set of twins today, was downwind with ranger and shut it off as soon as they popped out of woods and was heading my way. They came running right up to me before they realized something did not look right. They wheeled around and ran back to mom who was waiting for them to figure it out...lol but not befor I got a pic with my phone.

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peak breeding is pretty consistent year to year. weather and other stuff tends to get young bucks fired up early to late, but breeding stays pretty constant throughout the US. have seen fawns out and about to where they're at least a good month old from how they get around. after three weeks they're pretty agile.

http://www.qdma.com/articles/no-link-between-moon-phase-and-rut-peak

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peak breeding is pretty consistent year to year. weather and other stuff tends to get young bucks fired up early to late, but breeding stays pretty constant throughout the US. have seen fawns out and about to where they're at least a good month old from how they get around. after three weeks they're pretty agile.

http://www.qdma.com/articles/no-link...e-and-rut-peak

Some places like here there is what may appear to be what some call a "lingering rut", where it seems drawn out. We "observed rutting" activity from early November on into December. Primary rut here should be around the middle to the third week of November, that puts secondary rutting in the middle of December, which is also when some of those coming into their first ever cycle may come in. There are factors/variables that come into play, as how many does actually get bred in their first cycle and how many doe fawns there are that may come in with a late cycle. Doe fawns born in June can and will often get bred in December at around 6 months of age. If you look at the time when the most fawns are hitting the ground in this spring/summer, you can count back approximately 190-200 days for an estimation of when your last year's peak rutting activity(when the highest percentage of does got bred) actually took place.

Knowing when that peak in your area is taking place last year can help in knowing when to expect this years best timing.

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Some places like here there is what may appear to be what some call a "lingering rut", where it seems drawn out. We "observed rutting" activity from early November on into December. Primary rut here should be around the middle to the third week of November, that puts secondary rutting in the middle of December, which is also when some of those coming into their first ever cycle may come in. There are factors/variables that come into play, as how many does actually get bred in their first cycle and how many doe fawns there are that may come in with a late cycle. Doe fawns born in June can and will often get bred in December at around 6 months of age. If you look at the time when the most fawns are hitting the ground in this spring/summer, you can count back approximately 190-200 days for an estimation of when your last year's peak rutting activity(when the highest percentage of does got bred) actually took place.

Knowing when that peak in your area is taking place last year can help in knowing when to expect this years best timing.

definitely all good points.

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