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Shoot this axis or wait? #7553696 07/11/19 05:20 AM
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Looking for advice from people who grow axis. Does he have potential to get wider and longer beams based on where he is now? I believe he is 3 or 4 yrs old but I think 3. At what age do they peak in horn growth? [Linked Image]
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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553794 07/11/19 12:38 PM
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Shoot him in the face.....
Actually I don't know much about them but he looks a bit short horned to me.


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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553814 07/11/19 01:01 PM
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depends if you like him shoot him but he has a ton more growth potential..... as in at least 3 more years.

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553829 07/11/19 01:17 PM
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That's what I was looking for singleshot. I have some whitetail and by 3 or 4 I can usually tell if a buck is worth keeping or just doesn't have it. Haven't been around axis enough to figure it out for them. I have heard they reach potential about 6 yrs old.
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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553835 07/11/19 01:27 PM
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he doesent look that young to me....

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: SingleShot85] #7553859 07/11/19 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by SingleShot85
depends if you like him shoot him but he has a ton more growth potential..... as in at least 3 more years.

+1 to this

Pic's not fantastic but he is young. You can see it in his head shape & face. If his current antler growth pattern is maintained, he could become a real trophy. If the 2nd tine down from the tip, sometimes called the "coddle tine", reaches up almost to the same height as the tip when he is full grown, he'd be a really good axis.

The problem with axis is, if he is free range or not protected on a ranch, the 1st guy with a gun in his hands is gonna shoot! Better you than them...


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Looks young and his antlers have a huge amount of potential if he has a few more years to grow.

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553862 07/11/19 01:57 PM
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We have shot axis at 7 and 8 years old that we watched grow up and they kept getting better every year. We have also shot some axis that have been 10+ years old. They tend to live longer than whitetail


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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7553875 07/11/19 02:15 PM
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Is he free range? "A bird in hand is better than two in the bush". Why are you shooting him? Do you want meat, taxidermy, trophy? He's not a "trophy" to some people but the trophy for you may be in the accomplishment. If he suits your goals then pull the trigger. What does waiting until he is bigger or picking another buck cost you? That is for you to decide. All this is personal so the consensus of a forum should not influence or provoke you either way.

If I want the meat or hide a doe would be just as good. If I wanted a "wall hanger" he's not it. If I hunted hard and got close, outsmarted him fair and square, moreso with archery or even traditional muzzleloader I would pull the trigger on him. To shoot him at the feeder from a blind with a modern rifle does nothing for me personally.

You have to use your judgment to determine if this will be satisfying to you. No shame either way. He's a good looking buck.

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: pertnear] #7553887 07/11/19 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by pertnear
Originally Posted by SingleShot85
depends if you like him shoot him but he has a ton more growth potential..... as in at least 3 more years.

+1 to this

Pic's not fantastic but he is young. You can see it in his head shape & face. If his current antler growth pattern is maintained, he could become a real trophy. If the 2nd tine down from the tip, sometimes called the "coddle tine", reaches up almost to the same height as the tip when he is full grown, he'd be a really good axis.

The problem with axis is, if he is free range or not protected on a ranch, the 1st guy with a gun in his hands is gonna shoot! Better you than them...

High fence on my place, so unless he gets poached or dies of natural causes, I'll give him few more years. He's being fed 20% free choice.

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: JABHunting] #7553893 07/11/19 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by JABHunting
Is he free range? "A bird in hand is better than two in the bush". Why are you shooting him? Do you want meat, taxidermy, trophy? He's not a "trophy" to some people but the trophy for you may be in the accomplishment. If he suits your goals then pull the trigger. What does waiting until he is bigger or picking another buck cost you? That is for you to decide. All this is personal so the consensus of a forum should not influence or provoke you either way.

If I want the meat or hide a doe would be just as good. If I wanted a "wall hanger" he's not it. If I hunted hard and got close, outsmarted him fair and square, moreso with archery or even traditional muzzleloader I would pull the trigger on him. To shoot him at the feeder from a blind with a modern rifle does nothing for me personally.

You have to use your judgment to determine if this will be satisfying to you. No shame either way. He's a good looking buck.

Agree with you completely. I was asking because like I said I don't know axis yet. Far as how they grow out and mature. He's on my high fence place that is not hunted,yet. I am wanting to raise trophies, (wall hangers} and was wanting to know if this guy has potential or not, so he doesn't spread his genes any further. Looks like he will get a pass for few more years.

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7554021 07/11/19 05:47 PM
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if your meat hunting take that sucker! one in the bed is better than one in the bush. but the likely hood of him sticking around on a low fence for a couple more years turning into a trophy is not likely unless you have a big track and your neighbors don't kill him


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I just saw it was high fenced . I kind of have the filling most axis will get pretty dam big if left to grow.


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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: EddieWalker] #7556069 07/14/19 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by EddieWalker
Looks young and his antlers have a huge amount of potential if he has a few more years to grow.


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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7561380 07/21/19 07:06 PM
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Wait for sure!

Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: doggit] #7564091 07/25/19 01:47 PM
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I would wait Buddy, he will be a good one soon enough!


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Re: Shoot this axis or wait? [Re: pertnear] #7565272 07/27/19 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by pertnear
......sometimes called the "coddle tine"...



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