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Tips on Axis hunt #5248904 08/12/14 02:40 PM
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Going this weekend. Any tips and suggestions are welcome.

Thanks

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Go Spot and stalk if you can They are roaring out there right now in the heat of the axis rut Remember the boys are blinded by desire and doe madness but the does are watching.. Might have to try two or three approaches... Take a nice shooting stick too

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Originally Posted By: texaspirate
Go Spot and stalk if you can They are roaring out there right now in the heat of the axis rut Remember the boys are blinded by desire and doe madness but the does are watching.. Might have to try two or three approaches... Take a nice shooting stick too

X2 I sure envy you! Good luck and post lots of photos!



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Thanks guys, I will probably be alone with my truck. Plus the land is 25 to 30 acres, not sure if I should take .223 or .308 ?

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Originally Posted By: kusai
Thanks guys, I will probably be alone with my truck. Plus the land is 25 to 30 acres, not sure if I should take .223 or .308 ?


.308

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If it is that small you just better find a place to sit. You start walking around they will be gone.

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Re: Tips on Axis hunt [Re: don k] #5249473 08/12/14 07:46 PM
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If it is that small you just better find a place to sit. You start walking around they will be gone.


Thats what I plan to do, if i dont find a good spot then just part the truck and lay low in truck bed aim

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Is there water near? They will drink twice a day in this heat.

Where about are you hunting? Wouldn't be Comfort would it?

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Originally Posted By: John Humbert
Is there water near? They will drink twice a day in this heat.

Where about are you hunting? Wouldn't be Comfort would it?


Rocksprings, and there is no water as far as I know.

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Shoot em in the neck.

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Take a BIG ice chest, skin and quartered ASAP Best game meat out there


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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Take a BIG ice chest, skin and quartered ASAP Best game meat out there


I got 3 days and 2 Axis to take, and its 5 hours drive from my location. LOL

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Originally Posted By: Chief Joe
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Go Spot and stalk if you can They are roaring out there right now in the heat of the axis rut Remember the boys are blinded by desire and doe madness but the does are watching.. Might have to try two or three approaches... Take a nice shooting stick too

X2 I sure envy you! Good luck and post lots of photos!


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Originally Posted By: kusai
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Take a BIG ice chest, skin and quartered ASAP Best game meat out there


I got 3 days and 2 Axis to take, and its 5 hours drive from my location. LOL
I hear ya brother. My Hunting Club is going Forister Exotics in Rocksprings. We live in Houston. We're also looking for axis, but other possibilities as well.

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I own a couple hundred acres North of Rocksprings. A few things Ive learned over the years are:

Axis are very clever and frighten easily.
They follow creek bottoms, and draws a majority of the time.
Ive killed 10 or so in the past few years, a .243 w/ a 100 grain Core-Lok is plenty of gun and bullet.
If you see one, you better be quick. They wont give you much time for a shot.
Bring a BIG cooler, or multiple ones.

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In this heat, I like to have 2 big coolers, one full of ice the other ready for the meat. Even if the ice has melted a lot in the one cooler the cold water run through a field dressed deer cavity can cool the meat off quick. The quarter and ice down as soon as you can. Axis are some of the best tasting critters.

Good luck on the hunt

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Originally Posted By: newulmboy
I own a couple hundred acres North of Rocksprings. A few things Ive learned over the years are:

Axis are very clever and frighten easily.
They follow creek bottoms, and draws a majority of the time.
Ive killed 10 or so in the past few years, a .243 w/ a 100 grain Core-Lok is plenty of gun and bullet.
If you see one, you better be quick. They wont give you much time for a shot.
Bring a BIG cooler, or multiple ones.
Where do you shoot them?

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I am an axis nut. I'm convinced they are WAY more cautious than the average whitetail. They can see better, smell better, and are very smart.

They typically travel in groups and coordinate their watches for danger. You may have 10 sets of eyes and ears looking out for danger.

On LF free range places, at least where I hunt them, they have some specific behaviors. Very often, they use a sacrificial doe - especially when crossing open areas. The group will pause on the edge, and send a young doe out first. This doe will get anywhere from 50-200 yards out there before others from the group begin to cross. The lead doe stops, keeps watch, while a second group of does and spikes cross, more or less in single file. The larger and dominant bucks wait back and usually are the last to cross.

When they stop to feed, almost always they have a few that don't feed and keep watch. They switch off, always with a few sentries.

If you know there are big bucks in the herd, when you see a doe or line of does/spike moving - wait for them to pass and the bigger boys will bring up the rear. And be ready, because those big boys won't give you much time.

They also tend to move around more when feeding than whitetail. Constantly shuffling position. More than once I've had a big group of 1 or 2 dozen appear, stop to feed, and they move around so much that I never get a clean shot - only to watch them all run off together.

Where I hunt, it is also not uncommon for single animals to hang and follow with a lone turkey or hog. They use the hog or turkey as a decoy or advance scout. If the pig or turkey doesn't get spooked, then they follow out and show themselves.

And unlike WT, if they chirp a alarm call or run off - they won't be back. While a WT may spook off, stop, then come back. Or retreat to the brush, only to return 30 minutes later - when an axis leaves - he won't be back that day.

It may be different in HF, but the LF places I hunt - my axis don't follow a daily pattern. I see the same whitetail as daily visitors, but the axis follow more of a 2-3 day schedule. If an axis comes by one morning, chances are I won't see him again for a couple of day. And if I do, it's not in the same place.

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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
Originally Posted By: newulmboy
I own a couple hundred acres North of Rocksprings. A few things Ive learned over the years are:

Axis are very clever and frighten easily.
They follow creek bottoms, and draws a majority of the time.
Ive killed 10 or so in the past few years, a .243 w/ a 100 grain Core-Lok is plenty of gun and bullet.
If you see one, you better be quick. They wont give you much time for a shot.
Bring a BIG cooler, or multiple ones.
Where do you shoot them?


Neck or head. Usually the neck though. Most of my shots are under 150 yards.

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Originally Posted By: John Humbert
I am an axis nut. I'm convinced they are WAY more cautious than the average whitetail. They can see better, smell better, and are very smart.

They typically travel in groups and coordinate their watches for danger. You may have 10 sets of eyes and ears looking out for danger.

On LF free range places, at least where I hunt them, they have some specific behaviors. Very often, they use a sacrificial doe - especially when crossing open areas. The group will pause on the edge, and send a young doe out first. This doe will get anywhere from 50-200 yards out there before others from the group begin to cross. The lead doe stops, keeps watch, while a second group of does and spikes cross, more or less in single file. The larger and dominant bucks wait back and usually are the last to cross.

When they stop to feed, almost always they have a few that don't feed and keep watch. They switch off, always with a few sentries.

If you know there are big bucks in the herd, when you see a doe or line of does/spike moving - wait for them to pass and the bigger boys will bring up the rear. And be ready, because those big boys won't give you much time.

They also tend to move around more when feeding than whitetail. Constantly shuffling position. More than once I've had a big group of 1 or 2 dozen appear, stop to feed, and they move around so much that I never get a clean shot - only to watch them all run off together.

Where I hunt, it is also not uncommon for single animals to hang and follow with a lone turkey or hog. They use the hog or turkey as a decoy or advance scout. If the pig or turkey doesn't get spooked, then they follow out and show themselves.

And unlike WT, if they chirp a alarm call or run off - they won't be back. While a WT may spook off, stop, then come back. Or retreat to the brush, only to return 30 minutes later - when an axis leaves - he won't be back that day.

It may be different in HF, but the LF places I hunt - my axis don't follow a daily pattern. I see the same whitetail as daily visitors, but the axis follow more of a 2-3 day schedule. If an axis comes by one morning, chances are I won't see him again for a couple of day. And if I do, it's not in the same place.



Couldnt have said it better. Great post.

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Originally Posted By: John Humbert
I am an axis nut. I'm convinced they are WAY more cautious than the average whitetail. They can see better, smell better, and are very smart.

They typically travel in groups and coordinate their watches for danger. You may have 10 sets of eyes and ears looking out for danger.

On LF free range places, at least where I hunt them, they have some specific behaviors. Very often, they use a sacrificial doe - especially when crossing open areas. The group will pause on the edge, and send a young doe out first. This doe will get anywhere from 50-200 yards out there before others from the group begin to cross. The lead doe stops, keeps watch, while a second group of does and spikes cross, more or less in single file. The larger and dominant bucks wait back and usually are the last to cross.

When they stop to feed, almost always they have a few that don't feed and keep watch. They switch off, always with a few sentries.

If you know there are big bucks in the herd, when you see a doe or line of does/spike moving - wait for them to pass and the bigger boys will bring up the rear. And be ready, because those big boys won't give you much time.

They also tend to move around more when feeding than whitetail. Constantly shuffling position. More than once I've had a big group of 1 or 2 dozen appear, stop to feed, and they move around so much that I never get a clean shot - only to watch them all run off together.

Where I hunt, it is also not uncommon for single animals to hang and follow with a lone turkey or hog. They use the hog or turkey as a decoy or advance scout. If the pig or turkey doesn't get spooked, then they follow out and show themselves.

And unlike WT, if they chirp a alarm call or run off - they won't be back. While a WT may spook off, stop, then come back. Or retreat to the brush, only to return 30 minutes later - when an axis leaves - he won't be back that day.

It may be different in HF, but the LF places I hunt - my axis don't follow a daily pattern. I see the same whitetail as daily visitors, but the axis follow more of a 2-3 day schedule. If an axis comes by one morning, chances are I won't see him again for a couple of day. And if I do, it's not in the same place.



Pretty much summed up very well. I went on friday morning and stayed there till sunday noon(just got back). Just saw 1 really small doe and didn't take it. Never saw her again or any other Axis. I wanna go back again, any suggestions ?

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