Deer mating season, known as the rut, occurs in October through January. By May and June, doe have given birth to at least one to three fawns. While fawns are adorable, with their bright white spots, this is bad news for gardeners.
Baby deer are led by their mothers for the first year of life; and this is where they learn to go to home gardens for their food source. A deer's diet in the summer consists of berries, nuts, grasses and deer corn; but deer will not say 'no' to other fruits and veggies from gardens.
Because homeowners will see double this season, deer management strategies (fencing, deer-resistant plants and deer repellents) for summer are a must on all landscapes to rid deer from gardens and prevent the spread of tick diseases.