When is it OK to harvest does?

By Grant Woods,

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Hello Grant,

I am a senior in college in central Iowa. I began bow hunting a few years ago and have a question about doe management. I have this doe on camera who is with two fawns. My question is whether or not these two fawns are old enough to survive without their mother if a shot opportunity presented itself.

Thanks in advance for your answer!


All states set the antlerless harvest seasons to occur when most fawns can survive on there own. There’s always a chance of late born fawns.  Such fawns would likely still have spots, etc.  The fawns in your picture appear healthy and well developed!

Enjoy creation,


October 9, 2015