Actually, the fawning season can be a pretty cruel time in the woods. Research indicates that under normal circumstances, at least 30% of all fawns will die prior to reaching maturity. It starts with fawns at birth, the weak, sick or malnourished. Fawns are typically born weighing six to eight pounds. There is little a doe can do to save a fawn that is too weak to nurse. And then there is doe rejection and abandonment. Not all does are good mommas, especially those living in areas of poor nutrition. Abandonment rates of 10%-30% have been reported in the scientific research. The predators get what seems like way more than their share. Coyotes, black bears and bobcats take huge numbers of fawns from the ranks. Predator populations have exploded in some areas. Dense predator areas often report rates of 50% and higher fawn mortality rates. Some studies have reported it takes 9 or 10 does to produce a single sub-adult fawn. And then there is man and his machines. Who hasn’t seen a road killed fawn? How about a fawn that has gotten tangled up in a haybine? It ain’t a pretty sight.