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Axis range? #7683773 12/09/19 12:43 AM
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How far north and east do Axis deer range in Texas?
Any east of I-35?
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They are all over the state pretty much now. Have seen trail cam pics of them in Sam Houston National Forest.

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I have seen a few dead on I-35 in the New Braunfels area, so there are probably a few that made it.

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I know there are some all over, but definitely not huntable everywhere. Have had cameras out 24/7/365 on our place in Duval Co. Texas for 13 years this year. We have seen 1 fallow doe about 10 years ago and that's is.


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There was a recent study on this by Texas A&M researchers. IIRC, they believed climate will limit their northward expansion within the state, and I suspect habitat may also play a limit in western expansion. I've seen dead axis does east of I-35 a couple of times, but not sure if they were part of an expanding, self-sustaining free-range populations or (more likely) escapees from exotic ranches in the area.


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Thanks for all the responses. I was pretty sure climate would limit northern expansion. I wasnt sure where the line is. Wasnt sure if they could expand into the prairies and lakes region.

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I would imagine in the coming years East Texas and probably the entire south eastern part of the country will have them. From my own observations the only thing keeping them from multiplying like rats are coyotes.

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Originally Posted by don k
I would imagine in the coming years East Texas and probably the entire south eastern part of the country will have them. From my own observations the only thing keeping them from multiplying like rats are coyotes.


I agree with the coyote statement. Issue with their mass expanse is axis generally take better care of their fawns than whitetails. The does aren't scared of a fight with a predator.

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My sister and BIL have a bunch on their place ten miles west of Brady.


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I would imagine in the coming years East Texas and probably the entire south eastern part of the country will have them. From my own observations the only thing keeping them from multiplying like rats are coyotes.


I agree with the coyote statement. Issue with their mass expanse is axis generally take better care of their fawns than whitetails. The does aren't scared of a fight with a predator.

I will have to disagree with that. From my own observations WT fawns seem to have a better time surviving than Axis fawns. As a percentage I see way more WT does carrying their fawns to adult than Axis. I also see more grown Axis does killed by coyotes than I do WT does. I have seen numerous Axis does run up against a HF and killed by coyotes but have never seen a WT doe killed that way.

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Their are some areas in or around Coloumbus the supposedly have some free ranging herds.

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My place is about 2.5 miles from Bandera. About 7:30 am if I drive from my place to Bandera on Schmidtke Rd I will see at least 50 Axis Deer and these are all LF. I have stopped and let by my count 75 cross the road in front of me. I have learned the hard way that if you see one crossing in front of you it is wise to stop because there will be more coming.

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Originally Posted by TKandMike
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I would imagine in the coming years East Texas and probably the entire south eastern part of the country will have them. From my own observations the only thing keeping them from multiplying like rats are coyotes.


I agree with the coyote statement. Issue with their mass expanse is axis generally take better care of their fawns than whitetails. The does aren't scared of a fight with a predator.



Axis does are horrible mothers.

I have seen them literally leave a fawn in a field and never return to get them.

The areas where they are abundant typically have a minute coyote population. Much of the hill country doesent have much of a coyote issue and you will find a ton of them there.

South Texas is gonna have a harder time being in undated with them due to predators and habitat

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Either way, they are expanding their territory, they are tough and prolific animals.

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Seeing more and more up here, several local ranches have had some escapee's and we're seeing axis and fallow. There's been a few black buck spotted but I'm not sure of their survival rate. I posted a picture earlier this year of a young fallow buck and two does on the nth of the ranch and there's another bigger buck and several does showing up on a wheat field just off the ranch. I have 3 axis does hanging around on the front of the ranch and a young buck and doe hanging in the same field as the fallow. It won't be long before we see an increase here. We don't shot them an neither do the other ranches around us.


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Here is one coyotes got 2 nights ago. A little over half grown Axis Doe. They ate all the inside stuff and took both hams with them. They are going to catch hell now.

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East to Seguin on the Guadalupe and west to McCamey on the pecos river.

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Originally Posted by don k
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I would imagine in the coming years East Texas and probably the entire south eastern part of the country will have them. From my own observations the only thing keeping them from multiplying like rats are coyotes.


I agree with the coyote statement. Issue with their mass expanse is axis generally take better care of their fawns than whitetails. The does aren't scared of a fight with a predator.

I will have to disagree with that. From my own observations WT fawns seem to have a better time surviving than Axis fawns. As a percentage I see way more WT does carrying their fawns to adult than Axis. I also see more grown Axis does killed by coyotes than I do WT does. I have seen numerous Axis does run up against a HF and killed by coyotes but have never seen a WT doe killed that way.

Axis deer are stockier and heavier than WTs. I have seen WTs clear a high fence fairly easily. I doubt an Axis can. As far as the coyotes in the Hill Country comment goes it is simply not true where I hunt on the river in NW Burnet county. We are covered up with coyotes. I remember a time when there were not that many. Now we hear them every evening and more than one pack. In December we dumped 2 Auodad ewes in our pig dump and they were gone the next morning. Not a sign of them.


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Here is one coyotes got 2 nights ago. A little over half grown Axis Doe. They ate all the inside stuff and took both hams with them. They are going to catch hell now.

I got a coyote in a snare last night. Hope it was the one that did this. I won't put a picture on here because last time I did it offended some of the tree huggers that said it was not right that the coyuote might have suffered in the snare.

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