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Location: Central VT
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Terminology

While we'e on the subject of terminology,......How come so many people, even these so-called "experts" on TV, keep calling fawns "yearlings"??? As the word suggests, a "yearling" is an animal that is at LEAST one year of age, but less than two. It's actually a biological term used to describe an animal (any animal) of a certain age category. But fawns are NOT yearlings, that's for darn sure. It just amazes me how many hunters come off as sounding like ignorant fools by not using proper terminology, when describing game animals....Makes us ALL look like idiots........ I notice that AL now even puts a special paragraph in their fish and wildlife law book to discourage hunters from using the term "yearling" to describe a fawn! Glad at least SOMEONE is out there paying attention!

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Location: St. Louis County
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I love when my non-hunting friends ask me if I "caught" any deer....

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Well - you can lump me into the idiot category. But I came by it honestly. On the farm "yearlings" referred to calves that had been successfully weaned from their mother (about 8-10months) Prior to that - they were "calves". Whether that is technically right or not I guess is open to debate, but the term/usage stuck. Oops!

Waddya know - Dad didn't know everything afterall lol

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Location: Central VT
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Well, did ya???? Catch anything that is? The suspense is killing me! lol
-Jim

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Location: St. Louis County
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Never had to catch one yet, thankfully. My younger brother did once, though...I think he broke every leg the deer had with bad shots....had to run it down and shoot it point blank.

He doesn't hunt anymore.

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Oh God! Poor guy (poor deer too, I guess?). -Jim

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