Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn in the Food Plot

Good morning! It’s a beautiful, cool morning here on the homestead. It feels more like September than July this week. It was 48° when I looked out at 4:45 am. Here’s an awwwww to start you’re day. This little buck fawn runs like a thoroughbred through the then-tall grass (Steve mowed since this was taken) while his mom grazes. Do you know how I know it’s a buck? Can you tell?

We think this fawn is one of three. There’s a picture on different camera that shows a doe with twins. This little one seems to be a singleton. With shorter grass now the fawns will show up better in photos. We’ll be moving three cameras this weekend when we set up for bear hunting. Never enough cameras.

fawn, whitetail fawn, food plot, white-tail

fawn, buck fawn, whitetail fawn, food plot

fawn, food plot, Maine

6 thoughts on “Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

  1. Beautiful little deer! How do you tell if it’s a buck? I’m curious, we have a doe with 2 fawns that visits us this year.

    1. If you look between his ear and eye, a little to the right of center, there’s a dark spot called pedicle. It’s the place an antler will grow. It’s not 100% accurate. We have a doe I pegged as a button buck.

  2. I’ve been told bear tastes like pork – what would you compare it to I wonder?
    Also, how does it cook up? By that I mean, is it best served rare or well and what is your favourite way to cook it?

    I’ve only eaten wild elk, moose, deer, rabbit, partridge, and fish. But I’m hoping…

    1. I don’t think it’s at all like pork. I compare it to 100% grass fed beef. The texture, taste and color are similar. It’s important to clean all of the fat off the meat because it can spoil quickly, and it lends an unfavorable flavor to the meat.

      For safety sake, bear should always be cooked well done for the same reason as pork, trichinosis. Freezing won’t kill it so better safe than sorry. That said, I don’t always.

      I’ve eat farmed elk that was 100% naturally fed but never wild. I’m hoping! That hunt is on my bucket list. We’re considering a farmed harvest here in Maine. If we’re going to buy meat we’d just as soon go harvest it ourselves and have the experience.

    1. I’ve not heard that before. I wonder if that’s a good determiner. It’s the pedicle between his eye and ear, the spot where the antler will grow.

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