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How old this spike? #7745779 02/14/20 01:43 PM
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First time ever seeing him. Stays away from feeders / game cams:

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They way his hair is puffed up might be slightly deceptive on age. But he's definitely old enough to get the pump station.

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Looks young, very healthy 2 year old rifle


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Originally Posted by Stub
Looks young, very healthy 2 year old rifle


I'm going back and forth between a 1.5 and a 2.5. And I don't really know why I'm arguing with myself b/c I'm pretty sure he'll be nothing more than a cull next year anyway...

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We have shot several spikes over the years. Every deer we shoot we get live/dressed weights take a peek at their teeth and record their stats and our best guess of age. Ive shot 3 spikes that were significantly bigger than their spike buddies and 30-50 lbs heavier.

I'm not a proponent of shooting all spikes, but if you can identify ones that are older than their first set of antlers I typically do shoot them. The three I have shot has been over a 13 year period.

Tuff call on him without something to compare him too. He does look bigger than what I would think your run of the mil first year spike would look like, but he is all fluffed up and has a very pointy nose. From those pics I wouldn't be convinced enough he was older to shoot him.


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Looks old enough to me, Heavy in the front & hind end, might have bigger deer than where I hunt though rifle

Re: How old this spike? [Re: jadkins] #7745980 02/14/20 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jadkins
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Looks young, very healthy 2 year old rifle


I'm going back and forth between a 1.5 and a 2.5. And I don't really know why I'm arguing with myself b/c I'm pretty sure he'll be nothing more than a cull next year anyway...


If it was my place he would have been a cull this year. rifle and some dang good food

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Re: How old this spike? [Re: jadkins] #7746070 02/14/20 06:34 PM
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1.5 or 2 year old, splitting hairs?

1.5 is 18 months ago, it is mid Feb so that would mean it was born in Sept, my 2 years would have him born in February 2018.

So I revise my statement to more accurately reflect that I believe that Spike was born in the Spring of 2018 up


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That's why for spikes I go with first or later set of horns.


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Small straight antlered spikes I give a pass. Cow horned ones like that get shot.

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Landowner agreed with a lot of the above and gave the green light of death at noon on Friday. It was cleaned and hanging in the cooler by 6 pm Friday. Time to start trapping coons and swapping out my camo for turkey season.

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Originally Posted by jadkins
Landowner agreed with a lot of the above and gave the green light of death at noon on Friday. It was cleaned and hanging in the cooler by 6 pm Friday. Time to start trapping coons and swapping out my camo for turkey season.

That chubby little booger looks like he will be some fine eating up food

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Originally Posted by jadkins
Landowner agreed with a lot of the above and gave the green light of death at noon on Friday. It was cleaned and hanging in the cooler by 6 pm Friday. Time to start trapping coons and swapping out my camo for turkey season.


So what was his age?


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I'd guess his third tooth had three cusps.

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Stub was right on the money. Likely one of the first born in the spring 2018. We have several around that age class with nice typical branched antlers.

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