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#1942793 - 12/21/10 08:54 PM Late Antlerless and Spike Season
squib Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 213
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I have lease in a one-buck county. I have killed a buck. This county has a late antlerless and spike season that starts the day after the regular season ends. I have assumed that I could take a spike when the special season starts. But looking at the TPWD regulations, I think I may have assumed wrong. The regs say "1-buck for all seasons." Anyone know how it works for sure?


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#1942822 - 12/21/10 09:00 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
Rustler Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
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Loc: Carrollton/ Young, Blanco coun...
A spike is considered a buck deer, what county?


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#1942841 - 12/21/10 09:03 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: Rustler]
squib Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 213
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Borden


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#1942854 - 12/21/10 09:05 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
dlrz71 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 6411
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
1 buck for all seasons so if you already used that tag then you are done. A spike is still a buck.

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#1942899 - 12/21/10 09:19 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
Rustler Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
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Loc: Carrollton/ Young, Blanco coun...
Yup, your done in that county as far as bucks go.

Got doe?


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#1942916 - 12/21/10 09:23 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: Rustler]
squib Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 213
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Plenty of does, but I was wanting to get rid of a few spikes. We don't have a huge deer population, but the bucks you see are really nice--and then there are these spikes. This law makes it impossible to get rid of the spikes unless you want to sacrifice your chance at a wall hanger. Oh well. I got my deer for the wall this year. Went out scouting for spike season today and saw another monster. Looks like it is time to pick up the stands. Thanks for the info.


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#1943506 - 12/22/10 05:22 AM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
Chuck P Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 658
Loc: Lewisville
Put a different county on the tag. Lol.


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#1943825 - 12/22/10 08:01 AM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: Chuck P]
Dacotua Offline
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Registered: 03/28/10
Posts: 209
Originally Posted By: Timber Trout
Put a different county on the tag. Lol.


That is illegal as hell. I don't recommend it.


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#1943830 - 12/22/10 08:02 AM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
Dacotua Offline
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Registered: 03/28/10
Posts: 209
Originally Posted By: squib
Plenty of does, but I was wanting to get rid of a few spikes. We don't have a huge deer population, but the bucks you see are really nice--and then there are these spikes. This law makes it impossible to get rid of the spikes unless you want to sacrifice your chance at a wall hanger. Oh well. I got my deer for the wall this year. Went out scouting for spike season today and saw another monster. Looks like it is time to pick up the stands. Thanks for the info.


This is why many leases allow guests on Spike/Doe season only. The regular hunters already have shot their bucks, and it will allow spouces and friends to thin the spikes off the land.
(And this method is 100% legal).


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#1944058 - 12/22/10 09:04 AM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
TxTechsan Offline
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 3732
Loc: N. Tx.
Originally Posted By: squib
Plenty of does, but I was wanting to get rid of a few spikes. We don't have a huge deer population, but the bucks you see are really nice--and then there are these spikes. This law makes it impossible to get rid of the spikes unless you want to sacrifice your chance at a wall hanger. Oh well. I got my deer for the wall this year. Went out scouting for spike season today and saw another monster. Looks like it is time to pick up the stands. Thanks for the info.


Unless you have old spikes (2.5+) I bet some of your "really nice" bucks might have been spikes when they were babies too. It happens. We don't shoot 1.5yr old spikes and never see 2.5yr old bucks that don't look like they have lots of potential.


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#1944182 - 12/22/10 09:36 AM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: TxTechsan]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: TxTechsan
Originally Posted By: squib
Plenty of does, but I was wanting to get rid of a few spikes. We don't have a huge deer population, but the bucks you see are really nice--and then there are these spikes. This law makes it impossible to get rid of the spikes unless you want to sacrifice your chance at a wall hanger. Oh well. I got my deer for the wall this year. Went out scouting for spike season today and saw another monster. Looks like it is time to pick up the stands. Thanks for the info.


Unless you have old spikes (2.5+) I bet some of your "really nice" bucks might have been spikes when they were babies too. It happens. We don't shoot 1.5yr old spikes and never see 2.5yr old bucks that don't look like they have lots of potential.

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Also like said above, get a friend or significant other out there to shoot one if they are older spikes.

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#1945005 - 12/22/10 01:22 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: redchevy]
T4PL Offline
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Registered: 07/09/10
Posts: 284
Loc: Galveston
Let someone else come out and use a buck tag to take the spikes. I would more than willing to use a buck tag in that county and help you get rid of some spikes. It's also a great way to get family and friends involved in hunting while at the same time managing your property for better bucks you can take next year.

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#1945031 - 12/22/10 01:29 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: T4PL]
squib Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 213
Loc: Lubbock, TX
My contract with the landowner says no other hunters. Otherwise I would be glad to let some friends partake.


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#1945242 - 12/22/10 02:25 PM Re: Late Antlerless and Spike Season [Re: squib]
Texan Til I Die Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 1501
Loc: Central Texas
IMO if you've got "plenty" of does, those are the ones that need to go, not the spikes.

Are you or is someone else that hunts there experienced enough at aging deer on the hoof to determine if any of those spikes are on their 2nd or 3rd set of antlers? Its not always easy to tell the difference.

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