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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!
Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7679226 12/04/19 02:44 AM
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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.

Re: Judging/scoring Axis bucks [Re: Jeff in TX] #7692937 12/19/19 01:31 PM
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As an official scorer for SCI, I've measured 3 axis this year that went gold. They were 37.5" beams that scored mid 160's, 36" beams that scored low 170's and 34" beams that scored mid 160's. the 34" beamed buck had great mass and very long caudals. The 36" buck had great brows and long caudals as well.

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