Re: Piling 'em up in NC Reply #15 – November 29, 2020, 07:28:11 AM Quote from: Downeast on November 28, 2020, 07:08:14 PMHere in se NC most of the yearling (1.5 yr.) bucks are spikes. But by 2.5 you rarely ever see a spike and most are small 6 and 8 pointers (between the ears). It's amazing what one year can do. When I was working as a biologist I would age literally hundreds of bucks a season and it was surprising how few 2.5 and older bucks were spikes. So, to say that a spike will always be a spike was not supported by the data I collected. Same here in middle TN on 2.5 year olds. Usually 6's or small 8's. Traill cam pics have given hunters a tool to take a hard look at their inventory and get a pretty good idea of the age class of the deer on the property. Only into second week of rifle in TN but encouraged by the numbers of 2.5 year olds that will probably make it. All the pics of spikes have been 1.5 year olds except for one. WAG is he is 3.5 but because he has lived this long, does not show up on camera during legal shooting hours. Will shoot him if he makes a mistake. Had a "roamer" show up on camera Friday night. A big 10 that I did not know was around. I have the attention span of a gnat. Will chase him to end of season. Probably a fluke he passed through, looking for love.