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When do axis typically reach peak antler development? #7258444 08/16/18 09:41 PM
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Iíve had one on camera now since 2014 (estimated three year old then) and he got better every year until this season, when he lost some length on his cottles. Iíll rummage around to try to find photos of his progression.

Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7258461 08/16/18 09:53 PM
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Excellent question.


...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28
Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7258482 08/16/18 10:10 PM
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My opinion 5-6 is peak. Iíve seen some carry their peak till 7-8.

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Second that.

Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7258597 08/16/18 11:45 PM
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I raise axis. 7-8 years old for peek

Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7258675 08/17/18 12:35 AM
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2014

Axis Progression by J M, on Flickr

2015

Axis Progression by J M, on Flickr

2016

Axis Progression by J M, on Flickr

2017

Axis Progression by J M, on Flickr

2018

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Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7259375 08/17/18 04:12 PM
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Looks like Hill Country habitat.

This year was unusually dry, which can reduce the amount of food for them depending on the specifics for the property.

So, an offyear for antlers may change next year with improved rainfall and thus range conditions.

Just another variable.

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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Looks like Hill Country habitat.

This year was unusually dry, which can reduce the amount of food for them depending on the specifics for the property.

So, an offyear for antlers may change next year with improved rainfall and thus range conditions.

Just another variable.


We werenít really dry until after he had pretty much finished growing this year. We feed a lot of cottonseed and the axis really hammer it in January and February along with free choice protein. I already killed a pretty good axis buck a few weeks ago, so I donít really need to go hunt another. I imagine this guy will drop sometime in October, which will likely keep him safe from other hunters when WT rifle season opens. He rutted pretty hard last season and busted off one of his cottles last August. Maybe heíll bounce back to his 2017 form in 2019.

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Most Texas herds are in hard horns by July 15. Thatís not guaranteed.

Re: When do axis typically reach peak antler development? [Re: JMalin] #7262082 08/20/18 01:19 PM
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not sure on the axis, but your rock crop sure looks like it is growing well


Stuff my dad said in the deer blind

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