Axis Deer Hunting In Texas

Native to the subcontinent of India, the axis deer looks like a creature that has stepped right out of a fairy tale. Its three-foot-long antlers and beautiful spotted hide make it a wonder to watch in the wild. The antlers may be as long as the small deer’s body, although they move with a lithe grace in spite of the weight.

Stalking these deer is challenging. They roam in herds and are particularly wary of scent and sound. Hunting these elegant deer is an exciting endeavor that hunters can enjoy all year long in the state of Texas.

Axis Deer Names

Latin: Axis axis
Alias: Chital, Cheetal Spotted Deer, Indian Spot

The Hunt

The best place to hunt axis deer is right here in the state of Texas. The axis deer is a social creature that spends it time in large herds. Wary and cautious, getting up close to a herd is a challenging endeavor that will stretch the best of your hunting skills. But taking home a set of their long, impressive antlers, mild flavorful game meat, and memories to last a lifetime makes this a wonderful way for any hunter to spend the off-season.

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You will be escorted by a knowledgeable guide that knows the land and will teach you how get to the deer quickly. Giving you a more enjoyable experience hunting and less time scouting.

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You will be escorted by a knowledgeable guide that knows the land and will teach you how get to the deer quickly. Giving you a more enjoyable experience hunting and less time scouting.

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The Traditional Habitat of The Axis Deer

The axis deer originated in India where they occupied short grasslands They are nomadic and travel in matriarchal herds of females that are often followed by groups of males during the mating season.

The axis deer may be native to India, but it has been shipped all over the world. Introduced in Texas in 1932, there are now hundreds of self-sustaining herds in at least 27 Texas counties mostly located in the central and southern portions of the state.

Axis Deer Hunting Facts

Skill Required

Patience – One of the most important skills you will need when pursuing the axis deer is your patience. Waiting for the best opportunity to take your shot can be difficult, especially when you’re feeling the excitement and adrenaline flow from the hunt. It takes patience to wait for your opportunity and not rush a shot. The herd will bolt when that shot is taken, so you will want it to be good and clean. You probably won’t have the chance for a second one.

Tracking – Spooking a herd can make for hours of further tracking. You will want to know where the herd has been and where it’s going. You will have to use your tracking skills, looking for tracks, droppings, and other sign to locate a herd.

Scent Control – Axis deer have incredible noses. Since they travel in herds, you won’t have to fool just one keen nose, but a whole herd of them. Masking your scent and hunting with the wind direction in your favor is crucial to a successful hunt.

Stealth – An axis deer hunt happens on lots of flat land with sparse cover. Sneaking in close enough to a herd of axis to make a clean shot isn’t going to be easy. You will need to move carefully and use the sparse cover to your advantage.

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Spend less time searching and more time enjoying the hunt. At the Lazy J you will be escorted by an experienced guide that knows the land and show you the axis

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Spend less time searching and more time enjoying the hunt. At the Lazy J you will be escorted by an experienced guide that knows the land and show you the axis

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Recommended Firearm

Many professionals recommend a minimum of .270 but since axis are similar in size to small North American whitetails, hunting them will require a similar firearm. This is a great caliber for accuracy and adequate stopping power for deer of many sizes.

Another preferred firearm is a bolt action .30-06 such as the Remington model 700. It offers long-range accuracy and the stopping power needed to bring down deer at a distance.

Your guide will tell you exactly which rifle you should select for the hunt of your choice.

Size of Adult

Adult Bucks: 30 – 36 inches at the shoulder
Adult Does: 20 – 26 inches at the shoulder

Weight

Adult Bucks: 66lbs – 165+lbs
Adult Does: 55lbs – 110+lbs

Rack

The axis has one of the most striking racks in the animal world. It is surprising to see antlers of this size on a deer as small as the axis, but the rack may be nearly as long as the deer himself. The average rack size is just over 1 foot long with a few reaching nearly 4 feet. Like other cervids, these antlers are shed annually and new set grows each spring.

Hides

Beyond its beautiful rack, what truly defines the axis deer is its spotted hide. Most deer lose their spots after they have matured, but the axis deer also known deer retains those beautiful white spots. This makes their hides highly desirable.

Meat

Axis meat is lean, high in protein, and often compared to the taste of North American venison. The axis deer eats a wide variety of grasses, leaves and fallen fruits which offers a great flavor in the meat.

Other Usable Parts

The axis deer offers all the same opportunity as any other deer. Depending on how much of the harvested animal you want to utilize there are several other parts that can be useful.

    • Bones: can be used to make nourishing bone broth.
    • Hooves: can be used to make glue and gelatin.
    • Organ meat: Most organs are edible and high in nutrients. Some choice organ meats include, the liver,

heart, and kidneys.

  • Blood: If collected, it can be made into a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

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Why Choose The Axis Hunt?

There is a flourishing axis deer population in the state of Texas, with self-sustaining herds found in at least 27 different counties. There are free-ranging axis deer in Texas, but most often they are considered property of the landowner, therefore not regulated by any commission. If you plan to hunt the axis deer, you will more than likely need to get some form of landowner permission to do so. The good news is that you can hunt these amazing animals all year long in the Lone Star State.

Guided Texas Hunts

Axis deer are cautious and wary animals that can be challenging to hunt. Working with an experienced guide will not only help you locate a herd, but will also help you get up close enough to shoot one.

Many hunters expect the axis to behave similarly to whitetails forgetting that the axis is its own unique species of deer. For someone without experience and who doesn’t know what to expect in axis behavior, hunting without a guide can be a frustrating experience.

If you are looking to avoid this frustration or at least get some help you may consider a guided hunt. This will also eliminate the burden of securing permission to hunt, and a guided hunt will get you closer to deer faster.

Many ranches offer hunting all year long making axis deer hunting a great way for an avid hunter to spend the off-season.

The Lazy J Ranch Advantage

Whether your a beginner and need our guides to teach you everything, or a seasoned pro and just want to know where the deer roam, we can be there for you.

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Whether your a beginner and need our guides to teach you everything, or a seasoned pro and just want to know where the deer roam, we can be there for you.

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Axis Deer Hunting Prices

$3,500
Prices vary based on type of game and multiple factors so call us at (979) 417-2555(979) 417-2555.

  • Some animals are flawed by nature and will be discounted and priced in the stand by the guide.
  • All information on the website is for advertising purposes and is subject to change.
  • A wounded animal is the same price as a kill. If the guide confirms that an animal has been hit. We will make every effort to find your animal.
  • A valid Texas hunting license is required before you arrive for your hunt.
  • There is a $1,500 per person minimum which is deducted from the price of the animal after harvesting.
  • All hunts are professionally guided.

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