While most deer hunters remain focused on the fall, it’s the summer months that usher in growth and new life to the local deer herd.

A new deer season is beginning. The future of the local deer herd will soon arrive and fall antlers are beginning to take shape.

I’ve seen a few does over the last week and each one made me double-take. It was clear that they can longer hide what they are carrying around. They look large and uncomfortable, and that means fawns will soon start hitting the ground.

Hiding in the grass for the next month will be a generation of new born white tail deer. Mild winters and good habitat conditions means that local does should be raising multiple fawns to bolster an already strong deer herd. Twins should be the norm this summer. There is no reason for a mature doe to have a single fawn.

It will be July before fawns will be spending full days with mom. The instinct to simply lay still in hiding will be the key to survival until that point.

While the local doe groups have fractured for the summer to raise their young, the opposite is true for local bucks. Low testosterone levels means that they can be friends once again, typically spending the spring and summer in groups of three to six.

It’s what on top of their head that is changing rapidly. In the last month, antlers have gone from round nubs to arching beams and growing tines. It’s an amazing transformation. Just a few months ago last year’s antlers were anchored to their skull and now a new set is forming.

By the first week of September, the velvet will be stripped away as well as summer friendships. But for now, the local deer herd is experiencing growth is many different ways.   

This year should add to several years of good habitat and good fawn crops. The fawns of the drought are now mature and the generations to follow them have grown up in times of prosperity. It’s an exciting time in the deer woods as new growth abounds.  

Don’t forget

High water is causing holiday weekend issues throughout the state. Lakes and waterways in eastern Oklahoma continue to experience flooding conditions. Keystone Lake finally started releasing water but most amenities appear to remain underwater.

There will be many safety issues while boating and some camp grounds will simply be closed. Do some checking around before heading out. And as always, any adventure in the outdoors that ends safe is a good adventure.

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