This spring the numbers of racoons seemed especially large. I'd put out a fresh deer block and it would be nearly gone the next morning. I knew there were fawns in the area that I wasn't getting the chance to see, so I decided to trap and relocate a few in order to reduce the numbers. While it didn't completely eliminate the racoons, it did reduce the numbers.
And as soon as I put out a new feed block, I had a visiting doe almost immediately.
It wasn't long before a fawn joined in with sharing the feed block with her mother.
A second fawn joined in the feasting shortly.
At the far end of the feeding area, another doe was watching. There was a second, longer lasting feed block near her, but she seemed hesitant to join the other deer who were feeding.
At first, I wondered whether one of the fawns could be hers because one of the fawns had briefly joined the loner doe at the second block.
It's clear I must share the area with raccoons and other critters, but I most enjoy watching these beautiful deer families.