Being from the southeast and whitetail country, we hear a lot about quality deer management. It's core principles are overall herd health through proper nutrition, keeping the sex ratio balanced, and keeping deer numbers within the carrying capacity of the land. Trophy class mature males are a by product of this system but also one of the main goals of most people who practice QDM. Doe harvest to meet carrying capacity and to balance sex ratios and protection of young males so that a large portion of males reach maturity are 2 of the most common things done.
So my question is why hold spike hunts in trophy units or in any units for that matter? It seems to go against the idea of protecting young males so they can reach maturity. Less young bulls will mean less mature bulls in the future. Could someone shed some light on this?