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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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"Some people" are usually full of crap.
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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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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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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.
It's a fact that 70 percent of the people who purchase heavier tackle do so with the categorical I just lost a huge snook! Einstein Hairdo.The other 30 percent have either Tarpon Fever or are sporting a hand cramped into a claw from a deepwater grouper.
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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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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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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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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!
Fish, feathers, and photography...that's pretty much what makes me tick.
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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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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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