No protein feeding either. During gun season on the otherhand it would be much more difficult. I hunt a lease where there are no spikes, as the spike genes were killed out several years ago. Spike bucks have genetically small antlers and should be culled if the goal is growing big bucks. If more than one fawn is present in a group, the larger of the fawns is likely to be a button buck. We generally see trophy bucks when our bucks reach maturity. May make the … And the buck-doe ratio is 1 to 1. Buck at 1 1/2 years old–Spike. He exhibited typical yearling buck behavior when he grew his first set of antlers, in that he shied away from older bucks when encounters took place in prime feeding areas. The same was true for young females. Spike bucks don’t always remain spikes, but when they do, they can achieve some pretty impressive sizes. You need those bucks to grow older. Each had identical nutrition. The Facts Texas A&M University has done several studies on the topic, and is the authority on the matter. You likely won't see big differences in meat yields until you can compare a mature buck with the rest of the meat-pole crowd. In bowseason a button buck should definately be considered a buck and tagged as such. Hunters see and kill bucks with bigger antlers and bodies. Last year I saw a decent physical sized buck about this same time in the season with 2-1/2 to 3" spikes that I would have considered a 1-1/2 year old. The best hunter's will tell you to learn deer behavior, and this is a fairly rare situation to catch on film! If you can't tell wait for more daylight and shoot the first definate doe that comes in. Over the weekend, my co-worker also saw a buck with 2 - 3" spikes, but he said it as a yearling, meaning born this year. We are located in the Hilll Country. In the area the buck lived there was a number of 2 and 3-year-old bucks and a few 4-year-olds. And at maturity, a spike-antlered yearling will be a nice buck. Now, spikes rarely get the honor of being … Some small male fawns didn’t even grow antler pedicles, whereas a relatively high proportion of the yearling bucks carried short spike antlers less … Given time, a spike yearling can grow into a buck that will give a lot of hunters uncontrollable shivers. Culling: Selective Hunting, Management. In fact, some doe fawns were heavier than some yearling bucks (85 pounds vs. 73 pounds, respectively). Since a cull buck in an area is relative to other bucks at the same age class, accurately aging bucks on the hoof becomes of great importance. This is why QDMA teaches that the most reasonable, successful and easy starting point for QDM is to protect most or all yearling bucks. A button buck’s head is flat on top between the ears, while a doe’s head is more rounded. Button bucks are more likely to be by themselves than other antlerless deer. 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