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#6434104 - 09/01/16 07:08 AM Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail
bowman5000 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 52
Loc: Thibodaux, Louisiana
How different is Axis hunting be whitetail? Is it just as challenging or not?

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#6434191 - 09/01/16 08:25 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
Curtis Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: Gonzales, Texas
On my place, whitetails are a lot easier. I think axis overall are more nocturnal than whitetail. Axis seem to be more predictable to go into open fields. For a rifle hunter I don't see a lot of difference. For a bow hunter, I think axis can be harder to get on than whitetail.
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#6434216 - 09/01/16 08:40 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
nyalubwe Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/10/15
Posts: 235
Loc: Montana
I would give the axis a slight degree of difficulty more than whitetail. Other good points are they are often bigger, taste wayyyy better, are better looking to my eye, and at least for the visiting hunter, cheaper to hunt.

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#6434247 - 09/01/16 08:58 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
rbw1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 253
I personally like the Axis taste and price and hunt over WT .

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#6434269 - 09/01/16 09:13 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9297
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Had Axis for the first time the other day. Delicious.
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#6434300 - 09/01/16 09:28 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
chital_shikari Offline
Minor in training

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 11397
Loc: Katy, TX
Axis is more challenging than whitetail. On a 65 acre high fence place, they didn't stop long enough for hunters to straighten their guns. I've spent 7 hours hunting axis safari style on 3 ranches in Mountain Home/Hunt. Next day, we shot 2 WT doe in 20 minutes on the first ranch.
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#6434331 - 09/01/16 09:48 AM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
Armalite260 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/24/10
Posts: 1732
I killed two just a few weeks ago, both free range. They taste so good it's worth it regardless the difficulty.

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#6434743 - 09/01/16 03:16 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
bowman5000 Offline
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Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 52
Loc: Thibodaux, Louisiana
I've never killed an axis and would like to. I had a hunt booked for one but switched it back to whitetail. I'm addicted to hunting whitetail. This year i am limited to not much whitetail hunting. That is why I switched. Now I'm questioning if I should call and switch back to Axis hunting. I know, I'm acting like a wishy washy idiot on this but I just can't make up my mind.

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#6434748 - 09/01/16 03:21 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
bowman5000 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 52
Loc: Thibodaux, Louisiana
So let me tell you my situation. I have 2500 dollars to spend not counting licensing and gratuity on this hunt. That gives me an opportunity to harvest 2 8 or 9 points up to 129 inches and a doe or 1 whitetail up to 140 inches with a doe or one trophy axis buck. So with that being said, my brain is twisted up like a pretzel and I'm struggling to make a decision. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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#6434755 - 09/01/16 03:28 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1805
Loc: Mesopotamia
You can kill a 30+" axis for the money you have allotted. In my opinion it's money better spent.

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#6434786 - 09/01/16 03:46 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
sparrish8 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1200
Axis all day

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#6434790 - 09/01/16 03:50 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/05
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I wouldn't spend $2500 to kill 2 120" whitetails, but that's me. For a 140" deer if given the choice I would pick the axis if the trophy quality was there.



If your in a blind, it's all gonna be the same challenge wise

Spot and stalk is the way to go for axis.
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#6434814 - 09/01/16 04:03 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: txtrophy85]
bowman5000 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 52
Loc: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
I wouldn't spend $2500 to kill 2 120" whitetails, but that's me. For a 140" deer if given the choice I would pick the axis if the trophy quality was there.



If your in a blind, it's all gonna be the same challenge wise

Spot and stalk is the way to go for axis.

I'm compound bow hunting

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#6434866 - 09/01/16 04:39 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
el_cazador713 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 03/03/14
Posts: 358
Loc: Texas
I'd select axis for many of the reasons above.

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#6434914 - 09/01/16 05:19 PM Re: Axis Deer hunting vs Whitetail [Re: bowman5000]
don k Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 9285
Loc: Bandera, Tx
You can usually pattern WT. Axis I can't.
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