Hey Mike, quick question for ya! Can nubby bucks breed? Thanks, Jake
Interesting question. A biologist I know did a study with penned doe fawns and buttons. There were no adult bucks in the cage. Some does got pregnant, so obviously some of those nubbies were breeding. The biologist figured maybe 50 percent of the nubbies had viable sperm. He pointed out that this was in a highly controlled environment, and those young deer received top-grade nutrition.
As for the wild deer we hunt, I go with what my man Sarge Vasquez, wildlife biologist at Jacalon Ranch in South Texas, says: “Nubbies are only 6 months old when the rut kicks in. It is highly unlikely they are considered in the breeding population. Can it happen? Well, anything can happen, but usually no. 1.5-year-old spikes are a different story, for sure they can breed."
Anybody out there seen a nubby try to mount a doe? comment