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#6030878 - 11/15/15 03:37 PM Is this a legal spike?
ttechcolleyville Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/06/13
Posts: 163
Loc: Colleyville, TX
Is this a legal spike and assuming the two points on either side are less than one inch? I am getting hung up on the definitions of references to "unbranched", "legal point", and "smooth antler". I am inclined to think this would be a legal spike during the regular season but not in the extended season. Am I interpreting that correctly?



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#6030896 - 11/15/15 03:45 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
I feel for you I am in the same predicament I have one that is almost identical to that one I would love to take out.

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#6030901 - 11/15/15 03:48 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
I am curious to see what others say. Camp meet would be my guess

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#6030912 - 11/15/15 03:55 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
TEXASLEFTY Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7371
Loc: The Island Cres
Less than 1" does not count as a point. Makes both of those bucks a legal deer in an AR county.

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#6030918 - 11/15/15 03:59 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
ttechcolleyville Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/06/13
Posts: 163
Loc: Colleyville, TX
We have a growing number of these guys who if they escape "spikedom" will never be legal.



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#6030933 - 11/15/15 04:09 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
TEXASLEFTY Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7371
Loc: The Island Cres
Remember. There are several forum members who think the AR is a good thing

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#6031014 - 11/15/15 05:06 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
338ultra Offline
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Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 1771
Loc: Waco, TX
Why hung up on wanting to kill a 1.5 year old buck do you have plenty of other yearlings that have a lot more tines? Are you numbers too high you need to take off some mouths?
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#6031275 - 11/15/15 07:19 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: ttechcolleyville
We have a growing number of these guys who if they escape "spikedom" will never be legal.




And how do you know they will never become legal? You can do more for herd management in the early stages killing does and forget about the bucks. Let them get some age on them.
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#6031415 - 11/15/15 08:05 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: 338ultra]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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Posts: 307
Originally Posted By: 338ultra
Why hung up on wanting to kill a 1.5 year old buck do you have plenty of other yearlings that have a lot more tines? Are you numbers too high you need to take off some mouths?
yes where I am most 1.5 year old bucks this year are 6-8 points already. There are also a lot of them have a lot that are also fork horns but very young don't mind letting them come along. Glad to know a spike with nubb brows is rifle

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#6031435 - 11/15/15 08:11 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
Realized that was at the fork horn 338 ultra I would give those guys a pass as well AR or no AR. The antler restrictions where I am is the best thing that ever happened bigger deer are being killed every year and seeing a ton of fantastic bucks. Took 173" to win a local low fence contest last year that 8-10 years ago 140 was almost a lock for the win.

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#6031459 - 11/15/15 08:21 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
rattler03 Offline
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 848
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
Originally Posted By: TEXASLEFTY
Remember. There are several forum members who think the AR is a good thing


I don't think anybody would claim that antler restrictions are perfect. There will obviously be exceptions to the rule that prevent a hunter from harvesting an animal that "should" be taken. Neither of these bucks definitely need to taken out of the herd because they are both 1.5 years old.

With that said, though, I wouldn't say ARs are a good thing - I'd say they are a VERY good thing. 2cents
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#6031465 - 11/15/15 08:23 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
Curly Offline
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Registered: 08/08/08
Posts: 20116
Loc: Sittin on my butt on the THF
Originally Posted By: TEXASLEFTY
Remember. There are several forum members who think the AR is a good thing

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#6031560 - 11/15/15 08:55 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 6723
Loc: Podunk
I'm gonna say not a legal spike. I agree that the points are less than one inch in length. But the term “spike” is defined as any deer at least a year old that has two hardened antlers that do not branch or fork. The definition doesn't include length...JMO
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#6031570 - 11/15/15 09:00 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
Wilhunt Online   content
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2777
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Not a spike. 4 pointer?

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#6031644 - 11/15/15 09:29 PM Re: Is this a legal spike? [Re: ttechcolleyville]
TEXAN1970 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 760
Loc: TEXAS
The book say's at least 1 unbranched antler

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