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#5498177 - 12/24/14 05:01 PM sick fawn
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Loc: Belton
A doe with two fawns that's a regular at the feeder came by yesterday morning. I was ready to whack one of the fawns when I noticed he didn't quite look right. He was panting heavily with quick short breaths even though he was just standing in the brush not moving. His head was down a lot and saw slobber drooling out of his nose and mouth at one point.

Any idea what the ailment could be?

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#5498303 - 12/24/14 05:58 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
John Humbert Offline
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Stay away!!! Could be rabies.

Unless you are a professional, I would stay clear of sick wild animals. No good can come from it.

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#5499275 - 12/25/14 12:43 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
WesTexHunter75 Offline
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Maybe he just has the flu?

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#5499622 - 12/25/14 06:25 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
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Hard to say what it could be. Possibly could have been pneumonia with this weather we have had.
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#5499761 - 12/25/14 07:58 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
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Why would you whack a fawn? popcorn

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#5499889 - 12/25/14 09:15 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: dgilbert]
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Originally Posted By: dgilbert
Why would you whack a fawn? popcorn


My question also? But as far as your question, take everyone's else's advice and stay away from a wild sick animal.
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#5499902 - 12/25/14 09:25 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
wtr Offline
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Yea don't really understand shooting fawns?? confused2

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#5499903 - 12/25/14 09:25 PM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
Gravytrain Offline
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I assume he want's to teach it to be somewhat scared of humans.

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#5500104 - 12/26/14 04:56 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
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Coyote probably already having a meal....Let nature deal with it, but like others have said, avoid contact with sick animals.

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#5500120 - 12/26/14 06:06 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
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Nothing wrong with shooting a doe fawn.
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#5500130 - 12/26/14 06:32 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Nothing wrong with shooting a doe fawn.


+1.

It's a doe, and if your management program calls for removing does, a doe fawn fills the bill nicely. And it will save you money....you won't have to feed it at your protein feeders or food plots to raise the fawn up to adulthood, just so you can shoot it next year. It may seem cruel, but it's somewhat better for your management program to choose a doe fawn over its mother when culling.

Just be certain it's not a buck fawn.

And I'm putting my money on pneumonia as well. It's quite common in deer, sheep, and other ungulates. Rabies would be highly unlikely, but it's not worth taking the chance.


Edited by dawaba (12/26/14 07:13 AM)
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#5500183 - 12/26/14 07:40 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: Schanz
A doe with two fawns that's a regular at the feeder came by yesterday morning. I was ready to whack one of the fawns when I noticed he didn't quite look right. He was panting heavily with quick short breaths even though he was just standing in the brush not moving. His head was down a lot and saw slobber drooling out of his nose and mouth at one point.

Any idea what the ailment could be?


Sounds like a nubbin buck from what the OP states. shooting a doe fawn, I wouldn't, but his deal, A nubbin buck, no way in hell.

dawaba is/was a vet iirc, I'd take his advice on this one, (no disrespect to the other fellas of course)
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#5500195 - 12/26/14 07:51 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: stxranchman]
dgilbert Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Nothing wrong with shooting a doe fawn.


You can really tell on a very young fawn whether it's a doe or buck? I can't, I have several I still have not idea, still wouldn't shot one.

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#5500213 - 12/26/14 08:13 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
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Only time I'll hold off on a doe fawn if I'm meat hunting is if it's late born and too small. Best meat out there if you ask me. That's a whole nother topic though.

As far as sick animals go I'm not eating one and rarely will I mercy kill, nature will work it out. Deer will live through a lot.

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#5500246 - 12/26/14 08:38 AM Re: sick fawn [Re: Schanz]
Ketchn Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
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i would pass on a sick deer for sure
it could possibly have something transmittable to humans

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