Join the Fall Fawn Frenzy 2018 to help scientists find out more about our state’s white-tailed deer populations!
If you have >5 acres of land in other counties that you would like surveyed, please complete this form (land will be surveyed during the winter – summer seasons).
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 concentrated in 10 pre-selected counties and we pay special attention to distinguishing between fawns, does and buck during this time. Not sure if a deer is an adult of fawn? Check out this helpful information sheet!
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 4th – September 16th
Craven & Pender August 25th – October 7th
Alamance & Moore September 1st – October 14th
Surry & Cleveland September 15th – October 28th
Burke & Haywood October 6th – November 18th
How Can I Help in FFF?
(1) Run cameras – Here is a map *coming soon* 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?
Sign up to participate here!