White-Tailed Deer

Deer give birth to their young in the spring and early summer. This allows for the best chance of survival.


In their first season, a doe will usually give birth to a single fawn - but twins are common in older females.


Fawns are able to walk and follow their mother at birth.  


Baby deer are left alone for much of the time while the mother grazes. The doe will return to nurse the fawn several times a day. At about 8 weeks of age they will start to eat vegetation. Young deer will stay with their mothers for one or two years.


Deer like a great variety of vegetation. They enjoy life on the edge of a forest near open fields and brush land.


The maximum life span for deer is 20 years but few live past 10 years.