Axis Deer Texas

Zach429

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Anyone have any recommendations on outfitters in Texas for Axis deer.
 

def90

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I'm interested as well but you probably want to narrow it down a bit. Rifle, archery, spot/stalk vs just stand hunting, lodge, tent, no accomodations.. and so on.

I've been casually looking myself for a good archery spot and stalk DIYish type place but most of them want to put you over a water hole in a stand.
 

Unckebob

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I have heard the Axis deer population in Texas had a tough year due to weather.

BTW, from personal experience, a 243 will get the job done but you might not get an exit wound. We found the doe I shot, but it literally did not bleed out at all. When we found her, we joked I scared her to death.
 

jeffpg

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I'm interested as well but you probably want to narrow it down a bit. Rifle, archery, spot/stalk vs just stand hunting, lodge, tent, no accomodations.. and so on.

I've been casually looking myself for a good archery spot and stalk DIYish type place but most of them want to put you over a water hole in a stand.
I have the perfect place for you.
 

jeffpg

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Not really- just what I heard of course, having never been in a strip joint before :D

I have heard the Axis deer population in Texas had a tough year due to weather.

BTW, from personal experience, a 243 will get the job done but you might not get an exit wound. We found the doe I shot, but it literally did not bleed out at all. When we found her, we joked I scared her to death.
The freeze that hit last year did not affect all areas equally. The 5k ranch that I’m affiliated with experienced zero impact on the axis population. Many other places weren’t as fortunate. Our abundance of food and river bottom cover was surely a factor.
 

HandgunHTR

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As others have said, a bit of narrowing down will help.
Archery or rifle?
High Fence or Free Range?
If High Fence, do you want a big ranch or small?

For what it is worth, the best time of year to hunt them is mid-June through the beginning of August as that is when the majority of the rutting action takes place and they are roaring. As you can expect, it is hot during that time, which is why hunting a water hole is a good strategy.
Spot and stalk is very tough in most places that Axis deer live due to the type of terrain and foliage.
My recommendation if you are looking for that type of hunt, check out Hawaii rather than Texas.
 

texasproud11

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South/Hill Country Texan here. The 281 corridor was hit pretty hard from the freeze. Most of these operations are high fenced feeder hunts so they may have just brought in fresh stock to replenish what was lost in the freeze. I would opt not to stay in any type of non air conditioned space if that’s a thing in my part of the state. I sweat sitting outside on Christmas down here.
 

girlwithagun

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As others have said, a bit of narrowing down will help.
Archery or rifle?
High Fence or Free Range?
If High Fence, do you want a big ranch or small?

For what it is worth, the best time of year to hunt them is mid-June through the beginning of August as that is when the majority of the rutting action takes place and they are roaring. As you can expect, it is hot during that time, which is why hunting a water hole is a good strategy.
Spot and stalk is very tough in most places that Axis deer live due to the type of terrain and foliage.
My recommendation if you are looking for that type of hunt, check out Hawaii rather than Texas.
The timing is something to think about for sure. Some hunts are available in May and still in velvet and weather is pretty good then. I did my first one this past July (spot/stalk on 10k ac ranch) and it was an unusually hot (over 100° for 50ish days) but the animals were pretty active. I passed on 2 and shot this 33" brute, from a small stool under the cover of a shade tree, it was 104° degrees that day!
 

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