I put the game camera up in the woods to try to capture the movements of the carnivores that I can hear calling late at night and early in the morning (bobcat and red fox). No luck getting photos of them so far, but the deer continue to use that trail regularly, which allows me to check up on the growth of this year’s fawns.
For the first four weeks, when the fawn is more vulnerable to predators, does usually leave the fawn hidden in dense vegetation while they forage. During the first month, the fawn is completely dependent on its mother’s milk for nourishment.
I think this is a singlet fawn, most likely the same one photographed in late May this year. Does usually have twins, or even occasionally triplets, depending on the nutrional status of the doe. However, the game camera has only captured a single fawn with a particular doe several times, so I’m guessing that this is its only offspring.
Fawns may be nursed 8-10 weeks, so this little one is just about weaned. They begin to follow their mother around, learning what to eat at about 4 weeks of age, and will likely be taught all the tasty plants in my garden as well. By fall (4 months of age), it will be completely independent, and will have lost its spots as it molts a warm winter underfur coat with longer reddish-colored guard hair fur.