The same was true for young females. In bowseason a button buck should definately be considered a buck and tagged as such. The best hunter's will tell you to learn deer behavior, and this is a fairly rare situation to catch on film! Spike bucks don’t always remain spikes, but when they do, they can achieve some pretty impressive sizes. The Facts Texas A&M University has done several studies on the topic, and is the authority on the matter. During gun season on the otherhand it would be much more difficult. Each had identical nutrition. Button bucks are often the first to enter a field or feeding area. And the buck-doe ratio is 1 to 1. A button buck’s head is flat on top between the ears, while a doe’s head is more rounded. No protein feeding either. 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. We are located in the Hilll Country. Buck at 1 1/2 years old–Spike. We don’t see tons of bucks, but the mature bucks all make your eyes bug out. 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. 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. Button bucks are more likely to be by themselves than other antlerless deer. If you can't tell wait for more daylight and shoot the first definate doe that comes in. May make the … And at maturity, a spike-antlered yearling will be a nice buck. We generally see trophy bucks when our bucks reach maturity. Now, spikes rarely get the honor of being … 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. Spike bucks have genetically small antlers and should be culled if the goal is growing big bucks. This is why QDMA teaches that the most reasonable, successful and easy starting point for QDM is to protect most or all yearling bucks. Some small male fawns didn’t even grow antler pedicles, whereas a relatively high proportion of the yearling bucks carried short spike antlers less … In fact, some doe fawns were heavier than some yearling bucks (85 pounds vs. 73 pounds, respectively). Given time, a spike yearling can grow into a buck that will give a lot of hunters uncontrollable shivers. In one experiment it measured the antlers of 144 whitetail deer that had been bred and raised in large pens. Obviously, a … I hunt a lease where there are no spikes, as the spike genes were killed out several years ago. Culling: Selective Hunting, Management. Hunters see and kill bucks with bigger antlers and bodies. In the area the buck lived there was a number of 2 and 3-year-old bucks and a few 4-year-olds. 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