from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The spike of a young deer.
- n. A young male deer, when the antler is a mere spike.
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So you can hunt for a week, see a dozen does, some of which are immense by southern AZ standards, and maybe see a spikehorn buck.
Lester, for his part, was a big game hunter who'd been all over the country and the provinces, killing grizzly in British Columbia; spikehorn in the Yellowstone Valley; mountain sheep, elk and cougar and had the heads and hides to prove it.
The credit, he said, belongs instead to previous Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department personnel who fought to gain control of the herd in the 1970s and implement doe hunting, and to the many deer hunters who supported the spikehorn ban and who have been active participants in harvesting antlerless deer.
Ross attributes Vermont's ranking largely to the ban on shooting spikehorn bucks that took effect in 2005.
Meanwhile, as the spikehorn ban continues to add older bucks to the population, Haskell predicted an increase in another age class of bucks shot in 2008.
Haskell said that the spikehorn ban is showing results in other ways.
Last year, Haskell said, Vermont saw a substantial increase in the number of 2-1 / 2-year-old bucks shot by deer hunters during the firearm season, a clear indication that the spikehorn ban is beginning to show some significant results.