from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A time during which hunting in a forest is prohibited: originally applied to the fawning-time of deer, from about the middle of June to the middle of July. Also defense-month.
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At the fawning season, or "fence-month," as it was called, commencing fifteen days before and ending fifteen days after
This was religiously observed till the era of her Royal Highness's reign; the bucks were denied, and he himself once shut out, on pretence it was fence-month (the breeding-time, when tickets used to be excluded, keys never.)