Before August of 2014 I'd never seen a live rattlesnake or spotted fawn in the wild. Fortunately, I can still say the same thing about rattlesnakes, but a spotted fawn? Check the video!
That August, I was out hog hunting encountering the wild creatures you typically find in swamps down South and loving every minute of it. When it was time to leave, I got back to my CR/V and found a 3 foot water moccasin, relaxing in a ditch right by the car...not my favorite situation! Usually I leave snakes in the wild alone, but this one was just to close, so I used my 44 magnum carbine to make the area more comfortable, then ditched my snake boots and started home.
I was a happy camper, I'd been enjoying the woods finding numerous birds, rabbits and snakes, and though I didn't have a hog to take home, seeing tons of "creatures" in their natural setting always makes for a great day in the woods.
Driving out of the area (thinking the day just couldn't get better) I noticed a bit of movement ahead and stopped to figure out what I was seeing. Soon I was able to make out a spotted fawn beside the road all by itself...mom was nowhere to be seen. I drove slowly, and as I got closer to the fawn and could see it was healthy with a curiosity it would hopefully outgrow. For a few awesome seconds, the fawn inspected my car up close before deciding to head back into the woods to find it's mother.
I could have rescued the fawn, but I'd read an article on Outdoor Alabama about finding a fawn all by itself and because of that article I knew a doe will leave a fawn alone for hours at a time, so I was comfortable leaving fawn in the good hands of it's mother and I drove home with a great video and a satisfied heart.
I encourage you to read the articles linked below, and if you happen upon a spotted fawn...DO NOT rescue it unless you see obvious problems such as a broken leg or a gash that is bleeding. Even then, get in touch with your local DCNR or animal rescue and discuss the situation with them, they will know what you need to do.
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