We've discussed the 13" inside spread restriction before on this forum, but I wanted to ask a related question based upon something TPWD says on their site.
"Hunters are correct when they say there are some "narrow-rack" older bucks out there. They are also right when they say a portion of them will be protected under this strategy, which is not desirable. We don't claim that this strategy is flawless. We must be mindful of the long-term effects. This strategy will allow hunters to "turn-over" the population. Based on 34 years of solid data from research that was designed to answer these questions, those older "narrow-rack" deer likely were spikes as yearlings. If hunters take advantage of the extra tag, they will reduce the incidence of those older "management bucks" that slip through the cracks. " http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/game_management/deer/antler_restrictions/ According to the above statement based upon 34 years of research data, a yearling whitetail buck should have branched antlers? Or, rather, a yearling WT Buck with spikes will likely turn out to be less than 13" inside once he matures? So based upon all of that, I took this obviously non-yearling spike this morning. His spikes measured 5 3/4" and 7". So is it safe to assume that this guy would always be a spike, nothing but a spike, always a spike?I have passed on many spikes that were obviously babies with their first set of antlers. But this guy was a bit older than this springs fawns. Anyone else shooting spikes?