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#6914335 - 10/09/17 02:08 PM Are whitetails afraid of Axis?
postoak Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 2920
Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
I was watching a feeder and a young buck came out and acted very, very nervous. He actually ran away 3 times, each time coming back to the feeder. I thought maybe he sensed a larger buck in the nearby brush but when a larger buck finally did appear, he calmed down. I had heard Axis calling from the brush, too.

#6914356 - 10/09/17 02:22 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
DirtNapTET Offline

Registered: 11/08/13
Posts: 602
Loc: America
Have seen Axis run off WT's from a feeder on multiple locations. Seem to be quite a bit more aggressive than WT's

#6914415 - 10/09/17 02:59 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 329
Depends on the whitetail.

I've seen mature / in rut 10 pt WT drive off a big axis buck and several more axis.

They also co-exist a lot (at least the does).

But, more often than not, axis will run off whitetail. Axis are bigger and more dominant, generally speaking.

#6914457 - 10/09/17 03:23 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1019
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I've seen both species run off one another. Maybe whichever one you are hunting for that day will be run off so be ready.

#6914671 - 10/09/17 05:49 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
sbushee Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 1877
They’re the “axis of evil” lol

#6914705 - 10/09/17 06:12 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
Captain Luke Offline
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Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 1160
Loc: Duval County, Starr County
I've seen one group of whitetails run off another group of whitetails.
If you want some friendly advice, get a haircut and take a bath. You wouldn't get hassled so much.

#6914754 - 10/09/17 06:46 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
Simple Searcher Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 5677
Loc: Helotes, Hext
WT will generally yield to axis at a feeder. But I have never seen a fight between an axis and a WT.
I did watch an incredible throw-down between an sika and a WT. The WT had the upper hand, the sika was younger.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#6914834 - 10/09/17 07:49 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
Walkabout Online   content
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Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 476
Loc: Katy Texas
Not all deer are created equal. I believe it depends on "how big is the fight in the dog".

#6915114 - 10/09/17 11:13 PM Re: Are whitetails afraid of Axis? [Re: postoak]
Da' Hitman Offline

Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 145
Loc: Fort Worth TX
I've watched axis push whitetail out before but no conflict. The whitetail just sorta scoot out. Most of the Axis I see travel in pretty big groups. That may have something to do with it


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