Interesting post at Two--Four. There are two things about deer that most people will agree with:
1. Deer are beautiful animals.
2. Deer are good to eat.
I will tell you two more things that I have learned in the last couple of years due to my relatively close contact with deer.
1. Deer are stupid.
2. Deer are mean.*
When deer become overpopulated, as they have in many urban areas that have banned killing them, they get hungry, and they are very large, strong rats with sharp hooves. They will kick down gates, tear up fences and strip gardens and lawns utterly bare.
If a fawn is driven to distress enough that it produces vocalizations, it sounds about the same as a young goat bleating. The real tragedy here is that this woman had to resort to beating it to death with a shovel when she could have just popped it in the head with a .22.
That's what I would have done, and then I would see what fawn tastes like.
*We recently had an incident where a bunch of our does ganged up and ran and beat a buck nearly to death. This buck may never recover. A couple of years ago a bunch of our does ganged up together and ran another doe to death. To death. Who knows why? Like I said, they are stupid and they are mean.