Life Cycle of a Deer: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

A baby deer experiences the same stages as you do through your life but at a much faster rate. In this lesson, you will learn the different stages of a life cycle of a deer.


I want you to remember back to a Disney movie you probably saw when you were little, called Bambi. Do you remember seeing Bambi as a baby just learning to get her balance and stand, then watching Bambi learn how to become a deer and meeting many forest friends along the way? This movie is a great example of the life cycle of a deer.

Life Cycle of a Deer

Stage 1: Mating and Conception

Did you know that male deer, known as a buck have to fight first before they find their female mate? Male deer use their antlers to fight with other male deer and determine who is the strongest and will thus become the head of the herd and win the female mate. They actually lose their antlers after this sparring and regrow their antlers each year. This mating season usually takes place in the summer months, and the females are only able to mate for two or three days.

Two bucks fighting
bucks fighting

Stage 2: In the Womb

Just like you started as a baby in your mother's womb, or belly, a fawn or baby deer will go through this same gestation period. The gestation period is where the fawn develops from an egg into an actual deer. It will develop its body parts, fur, and internal organs. The process takes ten months, which is about the same amount of time it took you to form from an egg into a baby.

Stage 3: Birth

When it's time for the doe, or female deer, to have the baby, she will look for a safe, hidden place away from predators. A foe can give birth to one fawn, two fawns, or even three fawns at a time. Once the fawn is born, the mother will lick the liquid that was on the fawn to erase its scent and protect it from predators. Within about twenty minutes the foe will push the fawn to its feet to learn how to stand and gain balance. Could you imagine your mom pushing you to your feet within twenty minutes after just arriving into this world? It took almost eight to ten months for you to learn how to stand on your own.

After about a week, the fawn is ready to join the herd and begin learning the journey of becoming a deer.

Example picture of a fawn hidden away from predators

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