Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby Big Horse » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:11 am

I was talking to a local deer breeder the other day and he was telling me about a spike that he had last year that has produced over 150 inches this year...
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby charlie 01 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:26 am

All things being, there is no way to predict what a spike will end up being, period.
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby Retranger » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:23 pm

Simple answer,,,same as mentioned before,,,,,want meat shoot it,,,want bone on the wall let it go :)
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby Woods Walker » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:46 pm

msbadger wrote:If I were you...I'd be counting my blessings that you have a long beamed spike like that...we get them here and the grow into wide racked bucks....


badgie: That deer has a nice rack but, what a little body! Don't you feed those poor deer in NYS?? ;)
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby Woods Walker » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:47 pm

But to answer the OP's question........

Are they legal? If so, then SHOOT if you want!
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby thomasmgp » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:44 pm

I always have been told once a spike always a spike. Last December I shot a deer that was probably 2 years old, weighed 137 pounds and his antlers were so small I couldnt even make a fist around them. Better to keep your gene pool good dont want them passing on bad genes. Unless antler size isnt a trait that gets passed on to the next generation. I have studied some human genetics so I just assumed antlers, as they are bone, would be passed on in their genetic code much like a tall person would pass on traits for his kids to have a higher chance of growing longer leg bones and be tall.

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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby charlie 01 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:25 pm

First year a button buck, second year a spike, I see nothing wrong with that.
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby 69Viking » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:32 am

Lot of good info here. I too believe that a spike Buck is just a young Buck and if you want to shoot it for meat do it. If you want it to grow into a nice racked Buck then let it grow for 2-3 more years. I've never seen a spike Buck with a thick spike indicating that it was an older Buck. They all have skinny spikes that tells me they're a young Buck that will mature if you let him walk.
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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby KY Jim » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:16 pm

Would you rather have meat in the freezer or a rack on the wall? I'd rather feed my family venison.

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Re: Spikes: To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Postby Jslotter » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:33 pm

Not to beat the dead horse, but go with your instinct. No one's opinion should matter what deer anyone decides to kill. I know a guy who had a buck on his land with real thick long spikes for a rack. Pretty much the main beams without tines. It turned out the buck was like 6-7 years old when it was killed by a hunter that year.
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