Here in Easter Washington the spike bull rule had been in effect for many years. I honestly dont know any spikes live but they do and the result is that we have a TON of huge elk. ITs more common to see 6X6 and 7X7 monsters then the small ones.
I personally dont like having to shoot the spikes because its very hard to find one.
THe people who get drawn for branch antler elk love the rule because they get a good chance at huge elk. My friend got drawn and got a 320 6X6... It all works out and keeps herd numbers up.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...