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Postby josh 06 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:34 am

ive heard several different things from different people.but i want someone who knows for sure is a spike always gonna be a spike.im talkin two inch spikes not a cow horn.i passed on a spike last night he was about 20 yards and probably about 140 pounds i figured id let him live an see what he looks like next year.but ive heard people say you need to shoot them because they will never be anything but a spike.did i mess up or not by letting him walk.ive got a nice 8 point this year with my bow and a doe 2 weeks ago.no need to shoot him unless he is gonna pass on those spike genes
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Postby bgoldhunter » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:40 am

"Some people" are usually full of crap.
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Postby David » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:52 am

Here's a good article about culling you might want to check out.

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Postby mydogearl » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:53 am

I seen a progression of pictures of a buck one time. He went from spike to 150" ten point in a few years. Not saying that always happens but ya never know. In Ohio, your allowed one buck. I'm sure as hell not wasting it on a spike.
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Postby MissedAgain » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:08 pm

spikes are yearlings or 1.5 yrs old.

A decent buck is 4-7 years old. Many were spikes or small 3 or 4 pts.

Depends on the feed & nutrients in the soil.

I really wonder when some guys come up with "2 yr old 8 pts" - it just seems real suspect to me.
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Postby GroundSwatter » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:40 pm

You can kill spikes, and technically its management, but not b/c of the genetics.

By killing a spike you're just making available more food for your bigger bucks that otherwise that spike would eat.
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Postby spartansfan » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:24 pm

my buddy killed a spike with a huge body and when we got it checked the dnr said it was a three year old after looking at the teeth.
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Postby Ruger2506 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:39 am

I don't claim to be an expert. However I feel pretty comfortable in aging a deer. In our area, we've killed a number of spikes that were anywhere from 1.5 -3.5 years old. They simply were never going to get bigger. Our camp is a meat camp anyhow. So if it's brown it's down.

We kill a lot of mature bucks, and very rarely are they wall mounter material. (for me a wall mounter is 130" or better). Most are around 100"-110", the bigger ones are 120".
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Postby water_swatter01 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:00 pm

I've always heard this. But I highly doubt there is any truth in it. I think I saw the same documentary where a spike went to a 10. It is better to cull by age in my opinion. So an example a 2 1/2 yr old spike should be culled.
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Postby Fishhead Dave » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:52 pm

Don't worry about the antlers...they're chewy anyway.

Shoot the spike, stop that deer hunting nonsense and spend the rest of your season hunting birds! :thumbsup:
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Postby 3dhunting » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:18 pm

i had a pet deer a long time ago and it was a spike the fist year a 4 the next and a big 6 the last year before i gave him to a zoo
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Postby clemaire2 » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:10 pm

i did some reserch once on this topic and on many ocasions the first year of horns they were spikes the study i found was on 10 different deer of equal age but none of them grew horns the same the most interesting one was a 2.5year old 6pt went down to a 3.5year old cow horn spike and at 4.5 he went to a nice 8pt and that was a deer that they altered the protein during horn development to make a point

so in the wild your guess is as good as mine
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