The 10 Commandments of Spike Management

10 Commandments of Spike Management, Conclusion



Shooting Spikes During Whitetail Hunting!


This is the last in a series of postings about hunting spikes while whitetail deer hunting.

The conclusions highlighted in orange are from the Texas Parks & Wildlife. Texas A&M University’s Kerr Deer Management Facility was part of this study.

The facility has deer from 20 generations, to watch the effects of variables on the evolution of the herd.  These same results were repeated in a Louisiana university study.


10) The best time to manage for genetic improvement is during periods of nutritional stress.  With less food available, it is important to feed breeding deer first – and best. Watch for young antlered bucks and make them your future breeding stock.

~~~What Does This Mean to the Hunter & Landowner?~~~

Harvesting spikes is good for herd development. In fact, they state clearly: “Consistently removing spikes from the herd will eventually improve the antler quality if the range is in good condition.”

A balance must be maintained between numbers of deer and food available. The best way to do that is through harvesting.

By selecting young deer with poor antlers, you are allowing  deer with more genetically desirable traits (full antlers) to become the breeding stock.

Remember – This series is derived from a monograph that is available online: (It is 6 pages long.)


An Interesting Aside –

According to Texas Parks statistics, hunters snag over 60% of the yearling bucks each year. Of those, about 60% are ‘fork-antlered deer.’


This Series:

Part 1:  Should I Shoot a Spike Deer?

Part 2: 10 Commandments of Spike Management

Part 3:  The ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay’ of Shooting Spikes

Part 4:  Conclusion of 10 Commandments of Spike Management


This blog is a companion to my website:

Published in: on October 11, 2009 at 8:56 am  Comments (2)  
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