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.
We all take every precaution when we are hunting and harvesting our animal. Well, what about after the animal is down? Do we know what has happened to that animal over it's lifetime? The following is an example of why we should be careful when we cut.
2 years ago, my father shot a nice 8 point on opening morning of the rifle season in Vermont. It was a beautiful, 2 1/2 year old deer, looked really healthy and moved normally. When my father went to skin it for...