Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Daniel Dean, Balde, ScentBlaster, hutch6464, tailchaser93
61690 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 80983
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 44068
BOBO the Clown 41973
BMD 40612
bill oxner 37523
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 34254
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 31157
facebook
Forum Stats
61690 Members
46 Forums
425539 Topics
5872298 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Topic Options
#6497476 - 10/16/16 09:15 AM Spike question
Eastwood Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 116
I'm in an AR county and I have a spike coming to my feeder regularly. I'm having trouble deciding how old he is. He looks bigger than 1-1/2 to me, but I'm not a real good judge. I have a good picture if someone can upload it for me. I'm on an iPad and it won't let me upload it because it's not a jpg. I just don't want to shoot this deer if he's a young buck with potential. The place I hunt is only 50 acres, but hunting pressure is light in the area so I try to at least cull out bad traits if I can and leave the better bucks to breed. If anyone wants to pm me a phone number or email address I can send the picture to you. Thanks

Top
#6497493 - 10/16/16 09:31 AM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
LandPirate Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 11035
Loc: Buda
Most spikes are young and you'll be better off by letting them walk, age and grow. Even more important if you don't have many bucks in your area.
_________________________
Mike
Buda, Tx
Hunt near Freer

Top
#6497498 - 10/16/16 09:34 AM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
rifle grill drink7
_________________________


Top
#6497508 - 10/16/16 09:41 AM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
Microsktr Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/01/14
Posts: 86
Loc: Floresville, TX
I think the best way to tell is see how he physically compares to a mature doe, if you can catch the two of them side by side. If the spike is smaller than the doe you definitely need to let him walk, as he's too young. If he is as large as the doe or bigger then you need to compare him to a young buck like a 6-pointer or so and see how he compares. That might help make your decision a little easier. I live in an AR county too, but some of the spikes I let walk last year appear to be turning into nice little bucks so far.
_________________________
AF(Retired)/DV; busted mine to save yours then...bustin' Bambi to save the American hunting dream now!

Top
#6497608 - 10/16/16 11:05 AM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
snake oil Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 123
Spikes are always going to be a year behind just shoot him.......

Top
#6497666 - 10/16/16 11:58 AM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
Eastwood Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 116
Yeah he's not older than 2-1/2, but he's not real skinny like a lot of yearlings are. He's a nail horn with slick spikes about 5" long. I have numerous bucks so that's not a concern. Looks like spike stew!

Top
#6497836 - 10/16/16 03:02 PM Re: Spike question [Re: stxranchman]
SingleShot85 Offline


Registered: 05/27/09
Posts: 1777
Loc: S.A. and Kinney Co.
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
rifle grill drink7


cheers
_________________________

Top
#6498437 - 10/16/16 09:21 PM Re: Spike question [Re: Eastwood]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 7386
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Eat him.
_________________________

Top



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide