Maine Hunting Forums banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Administrator
Joined
·
2,111 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
In case you missed the story over at the Black Bear Blog, Texas has made a new ruling about antler sizes and shooting bucks. Here's the deal as I understand it.

Any buck that is a spikehorn - that is as long as neither side has branched - can be shot. After that, the spread between horns has to be at least 13 inches.

They say Texas hunters want bigger deer! Will this do it?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
80 Posts
Are they trying to say that a spike can never grow into anything larger? If they are, they are sorely mistaken. I know of a piebald that had distinct markings in my area that was a spike a few years ago therefore did not meet the antler requirements. The following year, the same deer was harvested and was a 7 point with a 14 inch spread.

How many of you are really interested in Texas deer hunting? Nearly every program I've ever watched was a guy sitting in a box blind overlooking a sendero. Out comes 4 or 5 bucks that all have at least 8 points and look to be about 90 pounds on the hoof. Hmmm! Which one do I shoot? Let me watch them for an hour and decide. Where's the excitement in that?

For me, seeing a glimpse of a buck and making a split second decision of whether to shoot or not is what makes hunting exciting, not desert hunting....just my opinion guys.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
80 Posts
In PA an average 115-130 lb buck will have about a 14-15 in spread when the antlers are the width of the ears. In Texas, a 13 in spread would indicate that the antlers go 8-10 inches past the ears. This is simply because the rack is sitting on top of an animal about the size of a beagle!!! LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
380 Posts
It gets on my nerves that there is so much talk about antler size. I grew up in maine where a true tophy, to me anyway and the people that I hunt with is body size. Sure, I've shot some decent racked deer that would score well should I have chosen to have them scored but what do you hunt for? You can't eat the horns. A few years back I shot a 3 pointer the weighed around 175 if I remember correctly. To me, even though it was just a 3 pointer, that was a fine deer. Kansas is the same way, everone wants the huge racks to have scored and maybe have their name in a record book. I'd get a lot more satisfaction out of tracking a doe even and taking her than a 170 inch buck from a fenced in sanctuary anyday! Just my two cents on the matter!!
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top