Actually this was not meant as a positive feature of "antler-spread" style of AR. Personally, I think it is really quite stupid to come up with a scheme of antler restrictions that frustrates hunters and makes the abuse of the system more likely. I think that some people have become such rabid supporters of AR that they have lost sight of the fact that the main purpose of deer hunting is to get a deer. Creating laws that are designed for frustrating legitimate hunters, isn't exactly the smartest thing to be doing, especially in a climate where hunter numbers are diminishing. Yes, it would cause more bucks to survive and grow older simply because the restriction has made it too difficult to determine the deer's legality. But then, the same results could be achieved by simply outlawing the harvest of bucks. Or, how about making tooth aging a requirement prior to shooting, or any other ridiculous scheme that we can think of to thwart the harvest of bucks. You know, it is time for some to "get a grip" when it comes to this AR fanaticism. It's really starting to head for going a bit over the edge of reality.Doc said it. that's how they'll be passed on so they can grow. If you can't identify the spread then it walks.