I have never heard of a lifelong spike or that a spike buck is anything other than a first year deer. It baffles me that people would think that a spike stays a spike.
You will definitely have to provide some biology data on this one. I've talked to a couple biologists and the wildlife dept and they refute what you just said.Shouldn’t baffle you too much bc many spikes do in fact stay spikes. We always called them
Cow horns when they continued to carry just their 2 points well past 1.5 years old. By the same token, many spikes can eventually go on to become something more, but they are likely to always be behind yearlings who had split anylers in their first year.
And how do you determine that a spike is 2.5 y/o from a hunting blind?I’d have no problem considering spikes a cull deer esp if they are 2.5+