I am new to SWMN, but have passed on 1.5-year-old bucks this year with 6-point racks while bowhunting this year, and took an 8-point 1.5-year-old last season just after moving on the only firearm day I could hunt. There's a lot more nutrition available in farm country, and those young deer living in the SW corner of the state are better able to support a set of antlers when they're well fed, than say the NE, where there's less ag supplementing their diets and a lot of spike deer are taken each year. Though I am unfamiliar with the zones of the state where APR is in effect, it's pretty obvious that 1.5-year-olds in one area might sport spikes or forks, while others have an eight-point basket due to a variety of conditions.
Because the state is so large, and so varied in habitat and weather from top to bottom, statewide APR/QDM is going to be a difficult task for the DNR. Throw genes into this mix, and you've opened up a world of variables that change from section-to-section, as opposed to unit or region. While I'd like to see monster 10-pointers everywhere, there's not a "one-size-fits-all" regulation that can do that for MN, and I think APR will be better suited for only certain areas.