Spike bucks don’t always remain spikes, but when they do, they can achieve some pretty impressive sizes. Now, spikes rarely get the honor of being mounted, but if you were one of these hunters, you’d probably clear out some wall space too. The huge buck above was harvested by Dennie Bowman in North Carolina in 2014. According to Bluff Country Boys Outdoor TV, the buck’s beams measured 25 and 1/4 inches long with a 19-inch inside spread. That’s more than two feet tall!

However, just because it has big spikes now does not mean the deer was always a spike. Experts say that mature bucks with large spike antlers likely did not have them throughout their entire lifetime. As bucks age, their antlers will reduce in size and occasionally tines will disappear. A skeletal injury or other forms of damage can also cause a buck to start growing spikes. In the end, it’s a crapshoot of genetics, nutrition, and age.

“People often try to rank the importance of genetics, nutrition, and age. That’s like saying about a car, “Which is the most important—the transmission, the electrical system, or the carburetor?” wrote biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “They are all important. One does not work without the other. So it is in deer management. Without good nutritional management, deer cannot obtain their genetic potential. Without a good genetic base, good nutrition does not produce better antlers. Even with good nutrition and a good genetic base, improper harvest (overharvest of older age class males) will not allow deer to mature to reach the age of maximum antler potential.”

Deer with large spike antlers are a rarity, and these are 10 we would be glad to have on our walls.

 

WORLD RECORD SPIKER WHITETAIL CONTEST!!! Post a picture on my wall of your biggest spike whitetail buck!! No broken…

Posted by Jim Shockey on Monday, February 4, 2013

 

This has got to be the biggest spike buck ever killed! 25 1/4″ beams with 19″ spread. North Carolina. Bluff Country Boys Outdoor TV

Posted by Bluff Country Boys Outdoor TV on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

Wow! How about this one Idaho Big Buck & Bull Report fans!?! Ryan Poncia shot this buck – a 21″ velvet-antlered ‘spike’ – in unit 43 in 2010. That buck is truly one of a kind.

Posted by Idaho Big Buck & Bull Report on Monday, January 6, 2014

 

SIMMONS SPORTING GOODS BIG BUCK CONTESTShane Reynolds is the leader in the Largest Spike category of our Big Buck…

Posted by Simmons Sporting Goods on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

 

 

Leader – Longest Spike/Longest Division Charles Herber III 34 inches total!

Posted by Muy Grande on Monday, November 5, 2012

 

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