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How small bucks become bigger bucks in Northeastern Minnesota

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In the beginning, he's a nubbin buck. A cute little guy with a couple of bumps up top.

If he avoids the wolves and survives the winter, he might well have a couple of spike antlers the next fall. But he'd better be on his toes, because "spike" bucks make up the biggest part of the buck harvest in Northeastern Minnesota.

Let's say our spike buck makes it through another year, and another, and another. He has now joined an elite club: He's alive at five.

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