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WV Mountaineer 28-Nov-17
According to Bowhunter survey, forty percent of bucks spotted in woods were spikes.
From: WV Mountaineer
Spike antlers are not a genetic trait. They are a result of lower nutrition. Killing less deer will not help that.
Or the result of late born fawns the previous year. Or the result of being 1.5 years old. Or the result of not having older age class deer and spikes making up the majority. And yes, I hear we are mainly killing 2.5 and older. Then I see check station, aging like this and wonder.
Or the result of Deer especially does at or above the carrying capacity of the habitat especially when the harvest of bucks have outnumbered the harvest of does for several years not even taking into account the number of button BUCKS or shed BUCKS that are counted as an antlerless Deer.
Killing less bucks and more does will 100% help that. It is a scientific FACT that no wildlife biologist will disagree with.
Well then why don't we do it?