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    Shooting red hinds

    Advice sought please: typically when can hinds be shot again without affecting the outcome for their fawns ? About now - early Feb ?

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    Good question.
    The gestation period of a red hind is 233 days. So any fawn conceived in the hinds second cycle (approx 25 April onward) will be born after December 20. Which makes it about 7 weeks old (maximum) now. Very young to been left on it's own.
    I would probably wait another month or so just for my own peace of mind.
    A large percentage of fawns are born to the first cycle though. In which case some of them will be getting close to big enough to eat.

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    All the fawns I've seen in last month (maybe 70-80) have been 3/4 the size of mum and happily eating grass, except 2 lates. I guess like most things it's area dependant.
    Still here them calling for mum in the evenings so there safe for a bit longer.
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    The "fawn"i saw two weeks ago was clearly big enough to shoot and I think he would of survived fine without its mother. Didn't end up shooting it thou, even thou at one stage it was only 8 feet away. Wasn't that worried about getting venison and it was good to see a young animal up close so he lived for another day
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    First day of march I'm ok with shooting red hinds, its a personal choice that everyone is entitled to.
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    Thanks, informative replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    First day of march I'm ok with shooting red hinds, its a personal choice that everyone is entitled to.
    Same

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    We watched 3 pairs of hinds/fawns on Sunday night. Watched one pair for a good 1.5 hours. All fawns were hard out eating grass and leaves just like mum for the whole time. Never saw any of the fawns feeding off mum at all, so im picking if they are not fully weaned yet, the weaning is well underway. So im sure the fawns will survive without mum, but they just probably wouldnt get the best start to life with no one to show them the ropes etc.

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    https://youtu.be/Tv6JqgkrBxg

    Our patience paid off, with a couple of spikers coming out right on dark, so my mate managed to encourage one to come home with us ;-)

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    Interesting answers, beginning of March sounds like the best idea.
    When do you guys consider fallow Hines.?

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    I have seen fallow hinds with fawns at foot mid december, this is in an area where red and fallow rut at the same or similar time

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    Went and got a couple of fellow the other day saw a few Hines with fawn at foot, I wouldn't shoot the Hines because of the fawns so shot 3 stags and a spiker between the two of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwiman View Post
    Went and got a couple of fellow the other day saw a few Hinds with fawn at foot, I wouldn't shoot the Hinds because of the fawns so shot 3 stags and a spiker between the two of us.
    Just corrected you there

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    Fawns that big put tem in the freezer ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwiman View Post
    Went and got a couple of Fallow the other day saw a few doe with fawn at foot, I wouldn't shoot the doe because of the fawns so shot 3 bucks and a spiker between the two of us.

    Quote Originally Posted by HNTMAD View Post
    Just corrected you there

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    Sorry Hamish, had to correct you too before BC came along


    Copied from the WoodHill Fallow Deer site
    BUCK The male fallow deer.
    PRICKET or SPIKER A buck in its second year.
    SORREL A buck in its third year.
    SOAR A buck in its fourth year.
    DOE A female fallow deer.
    TEG A doe in its second year.
    FAWN A young (first year) fallow deer.
    WEANER A slightly older fawn.


    Edit - had to edit my own post as a Fallow stag is called a buck
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    Very valid point, I hadn't picked that up, thanks mate

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