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Doe with triplets? #5414459 11/12/14 02:30 AM
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I have a doe coming to the feeder like clockwork, every morning and every evening with what appears to be a set of triplets on her. My question is, How common is triplets in whitetails? I have never seen a set of triplets so I was wondering if maybe she had twins and adopted an orphan. The young ones are all the same size and act like siblings. Whatever the case, she gets a free ride this season because the fawns look young and she is doing a good job of raising them.


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Not that uncommon on some ranches in really wet years. I have seen maybe 5 sets of triplets over the years that I can remember and it could have been more.


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one of my cams is set up were year after year doe raises her fawns. so far only twins. have got videos of here moving fawns. it could be one is an orphin. as stx has mentioned some have tripplets. flag



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I was told by a Texas wildlife biologist that 50% of bred does produce twins otherwise a single fawn. Fawn survival rate is completely different and varies greatly (20-70%). A lactating doe requires twice the protein - she will abandon one of the fawns if she can't produce enough milk. I have never seen triplets - I would imagine it is extremely rare.

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I've seen it once. That is definitely a doe you want to protect.


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I will throw this out there. If you are under-populated then keep her for a couple of more years. If you are over populated then I would shoot her(late in Dec or in doe season in Jan after fawns are old enough), you don't need a herd full of does producing triplets every year. You will never be able to shoot enough deer to help your population problem. 2cents


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We have a whitetail doe that has a set of triplets and a mule deer doe that also has a set of triplets. Sort of neat to see them at the feeders.


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Originally Posted By: Mavric
I was told by a Texas wildlife biologist that 50% of bred does produce twins otherwise a single fawn. Fawn survival rate is completely different and varies greatly (20-70%). A lactating doe requires twice the protein - she will abandon one of the fawns if she can't produce enough milk. I have never seen triplets - I would imagine it is extremely rare.

scratch most of the does with single fawns, usualy being yearlings. tis thinking more like 65% twins, 25% single, & 10% tripplets. a lot depending on protein available, harseness of weather. english held me back from being biologist, more of a postaddic observationalist, my posts are cheep. flag



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they are out there in the good wet years

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Can't recall every seeing triplets, at least to the point I was positive they where all the does. I have seem many time, does "babysitting", other yearlings, but more than likely the extra youngin just tagged along . They will wonder some.


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I have seen a few doe with triplets during pre-season/season but no way to know for sure if all three were from that same doe, orphans possibly or could be actual triplets?

I do recall taking a doe real late one season, might even been in the late doe/spike portion (or later cool) , upon field dressing her, found she was pregnant with 3 well defined fetuses. I mentioned to the ranch owner & my dad, they told me it was pretty common with older does during good years with lots to eat to have triplets, but rarely would all three survive past their spots stage. I took their word for it, but that one doe was the only one I have personally found to have triplets for sure.


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Can't recall every seeing triplets, at least to the point I was positive they where all the does. I have seem many time, does "babysitting", other yearlings, but more than likely the extra youngin just tagged along . They will wonder some.

scratch have ta agree with stx. in past have seen plenty of triplet's. partyon555 uaualy after way too many maggeretas. flag



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Can't recall every seeing triplets, at least to the point I was positive they where all the does. I have seem many time, does "babysitting", other yearlings, but more than likely the extra youngin just tagged along . They will wonder some.

scratch have ta agree with stx. in past have seen plenty of triplet's. partyon555 uaualy after way too many maggeretas. flag


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