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#6516619 - 10/28/16 07:24 PM Do yall shoot young spikes?
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Got a young one in camera everyday. I still dont know if once q spike always a spike. It seems they will grow out of it. Would yall take it or let it walk?
I generally dont shoot does or young deer.

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#6516623 - 10/28/16 07:28 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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No I do not shoot young spikes. It makes no sense to me and would rather shoot a doe.

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#6516635 - 10/28/16 07:38 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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No. Because I walked up in this guy last year and he was a spike. Look at him this year:

and he is the same gene pool as these two:




give em a pass for a year or two because, seeing the ones above, imagine what this guy will look like in 2 years...
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#6516675 - 10/28/16 08:23 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Yes, everyone I see.

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#6516682 - 10/28/16 08:26 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Any one over two n half gets a dirt nap....
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#6516766 - 10/28/16 09:20 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Any one over two n half gets a dirt nap....


This is my approach as well.
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#6516777 - 10/28/16 09:27 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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No


Makes no sense to shoot any young deer if you're after trophy deer. If you just care about meat I suppose thats different
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#6516786 - 10/28/16 09:36 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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#6516829 - 10/28/16 10:17 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: BayouGuy]
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I have a 155" 3yr old 11 pt that was a 6" spike at 1.5. Because he was born in November.

He'll be a 180" 5 yr old when he dies. Only a fool would kill young spikes. Of course, it's not a bad thing there are a lot of fools. Success is easy.
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#6516832 - 10/28/16 10:21 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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therancher: Only a fool would kill young spikes. Of course, it's not a bad thing there are a lot of fools. Success is easy.


Calling a large number of hunters here fools is akin to Clinton calling Trump supporters a basket of deplorables. Many of us are not hung up on hanging horns on the wall. And if you think success is easy try public land hunting.
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#6516834 - 10/28/16 10:22 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
I have a 155" 3yr old 11 pt that was a 6" spike at 1.5. Because he was born in November.

He'll be a 180" 5 yr old when he dies. Only a fool would kill young spikes. Of course, it's not a bad thing there are a lot of fools. Success is easy.


Only a fool would make absolute statements. There are many reasons to kill spikes that aren't foolish.
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#6516846 - 10/28/16 10:31 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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I'd kill any spike I had a spare tag for. There are always anecdotal stories of a particular deer that was once a spike but is now a trophy. However, that particular deer's development runs contrary to the genetic probability that a spike is destined to be an inferior deer. He'll most likely be a bigger spike the next year or have small branched antlers with no brow tines. Further, the spike phenotype is highly hereditable. I thought this debate was settled. Texas A&M did extensive genetic research on pen raised deer at the Kerr wildlife management area. I believe the article is posted in TPWD archives online. It's a good read for those wanting a genetic understanding of the spike phenomenon.

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#6516847 - 10/28/16 10:34 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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#6516867 - 10/28/16 10:52 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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I guess killing spikes might be a decent idea if you've already reduced herd numbers to carrying capacity and achieved an acceptable buck:doe ratio and you've got a decent age structure in your herd and you now have the luxury of culling inferior bucks. Otherwise, I don't think it makes much sense. If you're strictly meat hunting, then it doesn't matter.
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#6516912 - 10/28/16 11:35 PM Re: Do yall shoot young spikes? [Re: Roll-Tide]
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If the spikes are at least 5-6 inches, yes.
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