Deer Age

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by gunguy1997, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. gunguy1997

    gunguy1997 New Member

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    Me and my father have this spike running around our land and we we're curious if anybody could tell how old he is. this is the best picture i can find during the day that we haven't deleted.
     

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  2. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Old enough to be delicious with bbq sauce :D.

    I would say 2ish years. Maybe a little younger.
    Bag him and have the DNR check his jaw they will tell you exactly. And then you get venison :)
     

  3. gunguy1997

    gunguy1997 New Member

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    my words exactly. :D
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Probably about 18 months- Spring last year.
     
  5. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    I am with the others 2 yrs.
     
  6. richone

    richone New Member

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    old enough for the crock pot .
     
  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    He is no older than two at the most probably born the spring before last due to the angle of his belly and rear flank.
    I would say next year he will no longer be a spike!
    If he is there is a genetic defect and should be shot before he passes the genes on. When they get to be three and are still spikes (We call them Dork Deer) We cull them from the group. We do not shoot one and two year spikes.

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  8. nchunt101

    nchunt101 New Member

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    1.5 years old-let him live 2 more years and you will have something worth shooting
     
  9. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    If there was a good wet spring and summer yeah. But Ive seen dry summers turn dominant monster bucks into fork horns.
     
  10. powg

    powg New Member

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    youngster

    the deer is 1.5 yrs old .....probably born from a late estrus doe ...let him walk ,you may see potential next fall ,if he is as wide as his ears and has a good even point rack 6-8 let him walk 2 more seasons ,then call me if you cant bear to shoot your pet deer!:cool: lol
     
  11. Ruger52

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    There ya go. While spike deer is usualy tender, it depends. If they had a rough year, they may be like an old doe.

    Better to let the spike go and look for a two or three point, if ya want meat quality.

    BTW I have hunted deer and elk in central Idaho for 49 years. I quit hunting horns about 1980. I hunt for meat these days. I love good venision.