Axis deer have beautiful skins, with fawn-like spots that they keep for their lifetime. The bucks grow long antlers, typically with three points on the side, that hunters keep as trophies of their experience. Axis deer are said to be incapable of developing intramuscular fat so their flesh is literally fat-free, lean and healthy. If your freezer is empty, and you feel like deer hunting, but the deer season is far away, Axis deer is your best bet.
With game ranches you can vary the difficulty of the hunt (and the easier hunts are great for introduction to deer hunting). A mature free-ranging Axis buck is as wary and skilled at avoiding danger as any public-land whitetail.
AXIS DEER HUNTING METHODS
Every hunting method is applicable to Axis deer hunting, except probably calling, and that because not many people can imitate its peculiar barking mating call. Spot-and-stalk is the method most commonly employed by trophy hunters, and Axis deer are a great quarry for this method, being day grazers. Game ranches typically have stationary blinds and high seats over feeders and waterholes, for bow hunters and beginners. These blinds are usually a great place for wildlife watching, and in a good operation with high density of wildlife you’ll never have a dull moment.
WHEN TO HUNT AXIS DEER IN TEXAS
There are opportunities to hunt Axis deer year round. A peculiar feature of this deer is that the bucks don’t have any specific time for shedding antlers, so any given herd of Axis deer will contain males with fully formed antlers, antlers in velvet stage, and underdeveloped antlers. However, in Texas most bucks will rut in May-June.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT AXIS DEER IN TEXAS?
The price of an Axis deer hunt depends on whether you want just to hunt deer to fill the freezer, or to harvest a trophy-book buck. Doe, antlerless, or non-trophy hunts start at $400 or so; trophy hunting for a few days with food and lodging will set you back about $3,000-$5,000. Axis deer hunting in Australia and South America often comes as a combination hunt with other big game species such as red deer or buffalo, and the price of such packages may be well over $10,000.