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#5467373 - 12/09/14 11:50 AM Unforked antler question
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As far as the spike or one un-forked antler, would this guy be legal? Small fork on one and nub on the other. Can the nub be considered the un-forked antler?

This guy seems to have bulked up over the last month and a half eating corn and protein mix at the feeders.





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#5467382 - 12/09/14 11:51 AM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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#5467418 - 12/09/14 12:03 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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#5467466 - 12/09/14 12:22 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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probably good eating, but a yearling buck isn't what I consider a spike for using my tags.
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#5467497 - 12/09/14 12:33 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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Very very young

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#5467564 - 12/09/14 12:56 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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i also think he is young. i bet he will surprise you next year, i would let him walk

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#5467586 - 12/09/14 01:07 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: MELackey]
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Originally Posted By: MELackey
probably good eating, but a yearling buck isn't what I consider a spike for using my tags.


My feelings as well. What I look for are 2-1/2 year bucks with a single, unbranched antler since the better ones will carry two of them.


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#5467848 - 12/09/14 03:26 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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Is that milk dripping from his lips.

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#5467856 - 12/09/14 03:29 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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IF this was on public land I would agree with you and see if it is legal to shoot. I think this would be considered as 1 unbranched. But clearly with the feeder this is not public land, and I would let him walk for a year or 3
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#5468536 - 12/09/14 10:13 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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#5468595 - 12/09/14 11:07 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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#5469079 - 12/10/14 09:24 AM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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An example of what I'm looking for when it comes to tweaking the herd...

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#5469253 - 12/10/14 10:37 AM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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Thanks for the input guys. I'll let him go, he's got a lot better body than some of his counter parts. I have seen a couple of crab claw 4 pts. that I would love to take down but with ARs. No bueno. Maybe if I can shoot a fork off, and get another shot off before he knows what happens.....

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 is tough for me to age right now, tips....


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#5469686 - 12/10/14 02:19 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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Originally Posted By: mooney_ag
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 is tough for me to age right now, tips....


Do they appear to be the buck's first or second set of antlers? Fawns born six months prior will not have antlers, and 1-1/2 year bucks will have shorter spikes, generally speaking.

IMO, much of it comes from simply comparing the characteristics of the deer you see. You'll begin to notice the differences in appearance and pick out the ones that lag their peers.

It also helps to spend time in the woods during the off season, perhaps while hog hunting, and just study the deer you see.
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#5470251 - 12/10/14 07:35 PM Re: Unforked antler question [Re: mooney_ag]
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18 month old. I'd for sure give him time. Probably a yearling doe birth, late.
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