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Do you kill the deer that are spikes off your land? i hear they dont grow past a spike.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes will never get to be 8 pointers if you kill them whem they're young. Try and let the spikes walk you'll be glad you did.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes can grow into almost anything. But they taste good too.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Its a myth that they won't grow past a spike.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All bucks start off as a spike, you want quality bucks let them grow past 2 or 3 years.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All bucks do not start off as a spike. I've have shot 1.5year old deer (first year bucks) with anything from spikes to 9pts.

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from shane wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

There's practically no such thing as a spike in OH. So here, it wouldn't be a bad idea to cull the spikes.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes are generally 1 1/2 year old bucks. In my experience matouse3 is correct about young buck's antlers. Keep in mind some doe are not bred until December. Either because they are young or the local buck to doe ratio is not good. Those doe have their fawns a month later and consequently the fawn has less time to grow antlers. Also local nutrition and genetics are involved. However, I have seen several bucks that were obviously 2 1/2 or older with only large spike antlers. IMO Those bucks should be shot and not allowed to pass on their genes. Here in Kansas with all the good food and excellent buck to doe ratio I rarely see spikes. Most 1 1/2 Kansas bucks I see have at least forks and small 8 point racks are common. If you let young spikes walk IMO it will be better for your deer herd. Most will eventually have nice antlers.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Well All i've ever seen on 1.5 year olds is spikes of small 4 points, but no I wouldn't "cull" a spike unless he was clearly 2.5 to 3.5. My uncle killed one about 2 years ago that had no testicles and teats. It was gun deer season (NOV) and this buck was still in velvet. Very strange animal.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

CPT, sounds like a doe that has grown antlers. I've read that it happens in about 1 in 10,000 deer. We see a few of them in the papers here in MI every year.

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from survivorman wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

i dont kill spikes

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Here in GA they all start off as spikes. I have never seen a young buck or button head with a 4 point rack or bigger. Think about it, when the horns first come out of the deer they are spikes not 4 or 8 point racks. So yes they do start as spikes.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Listen to the folks kiddo. If your looking to see bigger bucks, let the little ones walk.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

There is one particular spike buck walking around where i hunt that will get shot. He is an older, fat buck with spikes about 14" long. Funny looking really. I'd let all 1.5 y.o. spikes walk, they may become decent bucks. My first deer, and first archery kill were both spikes, but that was many years ago. Today i let'm grow.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

We usually let spikes walk unless they are an obviously old deer past his prime or if an obviously mature deer with spikes an inch or so long and pencil diameter. Those get to meet my burger grinder if possible and legal.

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from jay wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All I know is that you shouldn't listen to the person who is giving you a lesson in whitetail biology.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

No not all bucks start out as spikes. Yes when their antlers come out of their heads, they arespikes, but can fork and grow tines. Have seen many forks six's and eights.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

If you are talking buck fawns yes, but buck fawns are six months old or so during hunting season.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Every monster buck starts out as a spike or fork-horn. I have let them walk with my gun, but I will tag one if it gets into bow range.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

we let them walk .

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Agreed with matouse3 and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All bucks do not start off as a spike. I've have shot 1.5year old deer (first year bucks) with anything from spikes to 9pts.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes will never get to be 8 pointers if you kill them whem they're young. Try and let the spikes walk you'll be glad you did.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes can grow into almost anything. But they taste good too.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Its a myth that they won't grow past a spike.

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from shane wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

There's practically no such thing as a spike in OH. So here, it wouldn't be a bad idea to cull the spikes.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Spikes are generally 1 1/2 year old bucks. In my experience matouse3 is correct about young buck's antlers. Keep in mind some doe are not bred until December. Either because they are young or the local buck to doe ratio is not good. Those doe have their fawns a month later and consequently the fawn has less time to grow antlers. Also local nutrition and genetics are involved. However, I have seen several bucks that were obviously 2 1/2 or older with only large spike antlers. IMO Those bucks should be shot and not allowed to pass on their genes. Here in Kansas with all the good food and excellent buck to doe ratio I rarely see spikes. Most 1 1/2 Kansas bucks I see have at least forks and small 8 point racks are common. If you let young spikes walk IMO it will be better for your deer herd. Most will eventually have nice antlers.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Well All i've ever seen on 1.5 year olds is spikes of small 4 points, but no I wouldn't "cull" a spike unless he was clearly 2.5 to 3.5. My uncle killed one about 2 years ago that had no testicles and teats. It was gun deer season (NOV) and this buck was still in velvet. Very strange animal.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

CPT, sounds like a doe that has grown antlers. I've read that it happens in about 1 in 10,000 deer. We see a few of them in the papers here in MI every year.

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from survivorman wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

i dont kill spikes

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from jbird wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Listen to the folks kiddo. If your looking to see bigger bucks, let the little ones walk.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

There is one particular spike buck walking around where i hunt that will get shot. He is an older, fat buck with spikes about 14" long. Funny looking really. I'd let all 1.5 y.o. spikes walk, they may become decent bucks. My first deer, and first archery kill were both spikes, but that was many years ago. Today i let'm grow.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

We usually let spikes walk unless they are an obviously old deer past his prime or if an obviously mature deer with spikes an inch or so long and pencil diameter. Those get to meet my burger grinder if possible and legal.

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from jay wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All I know is that you shouldn't listen to the person who is giving you a lesson in whitetail biology.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

No not all bucks start out as spikes. Yes when their antlers come out of their heads, they arespikes, but can fork and grow tines. Have seen many forks six's and eights.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

If you are talking buck fawns yes, but buck fawns are six months old or so during hunting season.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

we let them walk .

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Agreed with matouse3 and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

All bucks start off as a spike, you want quality bucks let them grow past 2 or 3 years.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Here in GA they all start off as spikes. I have never seen a young buck or button head with a 4 point rack or bigger. Think about it, when the horns first come out of the deer they are spikes not 4 or 8 point racks. So yes they do start as spikes.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Every monster buck starts out as a spike or fork-horn. I have let them walk with my gun, but I will tag one if it gets into bow range.

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