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Judging/scoring Axis bucks #7678001 12/02/19 09:04 PM
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My buddy and I are signed up for a South Texas Axis buck hunt this spring. As far as I know from reading and watching videos most folks say a 30" or better main beam is great buck. However, I never read or see folks give the actual official score of the Axis buck they've harvested, just the main beam measurement. I'm assuming the overall measurement is more of a mute point, it's all about main beam length. Is this fairly accurate?

On the flip side anyone know what a good to great overall score would be?

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Jeff


Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!
Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7678838 12/03/19 06:58 PM
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SCI Gold with a rifle is 159 5/8" , Silver is 148 3/8" and Bronze is 127".
Most 30" axis will be at least Bronze if not Silver. For a 30" buck to go SCI Gold it needs to be heavy and wide and have good brows and caudals. A short and wide buck with good 2nds and 3rds can easily outscore a 30" buck that is weak everywhere else.
I suggest looking at a LOT of pictures of bucks of known length and having them saved on your phone for easy reference while hunting. To a first time hunter, a 25" axis can look HUGE.

Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7678846 12/03/19 07:06 PM
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This is a 36" buck. Notice how far swept back his main beams go.
The red dot is my preferred point of aim on axis.

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This is a 31" buck.
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This one was 30".
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Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: TexFlip] #7678855 12/03/19 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TexFlip
To a first time hunter, a 25" axis can look HUGE.


That is the truth! I've had my eyes on a lot of axis bucks, and I still do not feel comfortable sizing one in the field. They are just so freaking huge compared to the whitetails that my bird brain cannot compute...

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Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7678877 12/03/19 07:50 PM
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And when they turn and run, they all look huge from the back; 'guess it's that elk effect. Judge from the front on only.


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Originally Posted by TexFlip
SCI Gold with a rifle is 159 5/8" , Silver is 148 3/8" and Bronze is 127".
Most 30" axis will be at least Bronze if not Silver. For a 30" buck to go SCI Gold it needs to be heavy and wide and have good brows and caudals. A short and wide buck with good 2nds and 3rds can easily outscore a 30" buck that is weak everywhere else.
I suggest looking at a LOT of pictures of bucks of known length and having them saved on your phone for easy reference while hunting. To a first time hunter, a 25" axis can look HUGE.


Thank you, that's exactly what I was looking for. We're doing our homework looking at pics and videos. Gonna tell the guide what we're looking for and put our interests in his hands.

Should be a fun time.


Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!
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Go with the guide’s recommendation. You get three in a bunch that are decent and they all look huge on the hoof. Hard to judge the best of the best if you don’t see them all the time.

Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: JCO] #7679416 12/04/19 01:24 PM
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How many actually have them measured and submitted for the record book?

Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7682466 12/07/19 03:55 PM
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So what would this axis score?[Linked Image]

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Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7682859 12/07/19 11:48 PM
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My guess is 33 or 34”

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35”

Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7683253 12/08/19 12:58 PM
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He has great length on his main beam but he is lacking on brow and caudel tines which will not help his score.

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