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Mule Deer Buck tag (CO)

What are the restrictions on a Colorado Buck tag?  Do they have to be over 3" an more than a spike?

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5 inches long.  Spikes are legal

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So any spike over 5" or

So any spike over 5" or anything with more than a spike will do no matter the rack size, correct?  I could have filled my tag 4x's over while elk hunting this past week. 

 

I hope I don't just see herds of elk while deer hunting this weekend..ahahah

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points don't matter

just has to be 5 inches of antler above his head.  Doesn't matter if it's a spike or fork

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If only that were the case

If only that were the case out here in California, I could have filled my first ever bow kill twice in 5 minutes.....  Bash

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  You have some tougher regs

 

:rotest1 You have some tougher regs there in CA!  We have a few more deer here so the 5 inch spike reg.  I'm pulling for you Vermonster!

 

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So 5" total or one spike

So 5" total or one spike being atleast 5" long? I'm a bit confused in that. In Oregon a spike can be cosidered a buck doesn't matter how long the spikes are or it can be consider an antlerless deer as long as there are no forks. In eastern Oregon the bag limit is One buck deer with visable anters. in western oregon the definition is one buck deer with atleast one fork. then under the antlerless tag is says one antlerless deer or spike with no fork. I think with a length restiction that could get some hunter in trouble if they didn't get the tape messure out befor shooting the deer. I gues with that when in dought don't shoot. Good luck on you hunt.

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Just one being at least 5"

Just one being at least 5" long, not the total of the 2 together. That would make it pretty tough to tell for sure. I have never seen a spike buck other than the 2 I killed over twenty years ago. My son has kille two that are a spike on one side but fork on the other. Many years ago we had the three point on one side restriction bu that's been gone for a long time now. Back when spike elk were legal the 5" rule applied to them as well but they were rarely that short. But like the point restriction on deer it's been a very long time since spike elk have been legal in Colorado.

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It looks like every state is

It looks like every state is different. In Michigan, a legal antlered deer must have at least one antler 3" long. Anything with shorter spikes, buttons or no antlers is considered antlerless.

 In the area where I just hunted in Wyoming, our tags were for "any antlered deer" with no length restrictions stated. I was told that some years they restricted them to at least 3 points on a side or 4 points on a side; one time brow tines could be counted, and one time they couldn't. Kinda makes a good pair of binoculars a must considering the distances that you often see deer out there. Yes

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