Join the Fall Fawn Frenzy to help scientists find out more about our state’s white-tailed deer populations!
What is the Fall Fawn Frenzy (FFF)?
The FFF is a specific white-tailed deer survey within the Candid Critters project that only takes place in the fall within 10 pre-selected counties in North Carolina. The goal of FFF is to capture and count white-tailed does and fawns to determine if deer populations in NC are growing, declining, or staying the same.
How is FFF Different than Candid Critters?
The FFF is quick and concentrated. Cameras are run in 2-week periods (compared to the normal 3), moved more frequently, and are only run in 10 pre-selected counties.
Where is FFF?
We have identified 10 representative counties across North Carolina within each of the 5 Biological Deer Management Units (BDMU) defined by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Those counties include:
Alamance, Burke, Cleveland, Craven, Dare, Haywood, Hyde, Moore, Pender, and Surry
When is FFF?
The optimal time to collect fawn/doe ratios is when fawn movements are similar to doe movements and prior to substantial antlerless harvest seasons. Since fawning dates and harvest seasons vary across the state, the survey timing will also vary for each BDMU:
Counties Survey Dates
Dare & Hyde August 18th – September 16th
Craven & Pender September 8th – October 7th
Alamance & Moore September 14th – October 13th
Surry & Cleveland October 1st – October 30th
Burke & Haywood October 21st – November 19th
How Can I Help in FFF?
(1) Run cameras – Volunteers must commit to setting a camera at TWO sites. Here is a map of pre-selected FFF sites on public lands to choose your sites (sites will be added as they are approved by land managers). We will provide the cameras.
(2) Offer Your Land – We are looking for areas to survey, so if you live in one of the counties and own at least 5 acres of land, please fill out the interest form below! You can also survey your own land.
Anyone wanting to run a camera must complete the online training course.
I’m In! How Do I Sign up for FFF?
Complete the appropriate signup form below:
FFF- Private Land Owner – Use this link if you own land >5 acres that you would like surveyed – you can either survey your own land or allow someone else survey it for you