Dave: Yes, and that occurs more than you might imagine!
A Texas A&M-Kingsville study found that 16 of 23 sets of twins had 2 different sires, typically one mature buck and another buck 2½ years or younger. Researchers suggest the younger bucks are opportunistic little devils, sneaking in to breed the doe just before or after the mature buck does.
And get this: Scientists at Auburn University reported 3 different buck sires for a set of triplets one time!
This is yet another reason the whitetail is such a fascinating creature…and why trying to manage a herd’s genetics is so unpredictable.
BTW, we are seeing a record number of fawns this summer here in Virginia, what about where you live and hunt?