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Live from Val Verde County #8457452 11/23/21 11:05 PM
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Sitting for my first actual hunt on our place extremely windy. Got a four pt WT and as I was typing a couple young axis but ks just came in. May get me some axis steaks this evening. More to come. [Linked Image]

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Not great at aging these guys but I'm guessing 2 yr old bucks, they're beside each other grazing. Sorry for the picture quality, using a cheap ATT prepaid phone for service out here.
May as well be a potatoes. As this hunts wraps up and I didn't pull the trigger I'm still very happy. I needed this time out here to relax and seeing some up and comers is promising.


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Axis can be hard to age but they typically mature around 3-4 rather than whitetail at 5-6 years old, my opinion.



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Had to be a great experience hunting on your place for the first time. Whitetail and axis is a good way to start the hunt.

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Originally Posted by rickym
Axis can be hard to age but they typically mature around 3-4 rather than whitetail at 5-6 years old, my opinion.


Good to know one was spike in velvet other had hardened antlers maybe 18 inches at most. Was hoping their dad or big brother would come out.


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Originally Posted by Wilhunt
Had to be a great experience hunting on your place for the first time. Whitetail and axis is a good way to start the hunt.


It was awesome, especially it being small acreage. Definitely thanked the Lord for a great first hunt, been dumping feed over the past week. Got protein feeder towards middle of the ranch and two existing feeders on opposite ends of the ranch. Put a trophy rack block at each feeder and alfalfa along with corn. Gotta make it enticing for them. Next will be water at the feeders.

Heard a hog earlier while walking but couldn't get the rifle in time. Gonna be fun for sure!


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Sounds like a great place

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Axis can be hard to age but they typically mature around 3-4 rather than whitetail at 5-6 years old, my opinion.


Good to know one was spike in velvet other had hardened antlers maybe 18 inches at most. Was hoping their dad or big brother would come out.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they will carry a large rack at the maturity age, just like whitetail. Your 18” may have been a 3 or 4 year old.



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cheers When we had axis on one ranch I managed they peaked at 5 antler quality wise...score, mass and tine length. It was a stage growth from 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. Then at 5 you could see the body size and antler size on the ones we had.


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Just awesome to get out to your own,remote place. Like really awesome.

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Awesome to have your own place. Enjoy making memories.

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Thanks guys sat the following evening and had similar experience. Saw 4 WT doe and another axis spike in velvet with 3 axis doe. Didn’t pull the trigger gonna wait for an axis that’s a little bigger bodied. [Linked Image]
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Came back to SA Weds evening, should be heading back in a couple hours. Momma wanted to upgrade her vehicle so waiting to close this deal so we can escape the chaos for a couple days till we return to work Monday.


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Just got back from a week in Val Verde and the RUT is on for sure. I was the only one not to pull the trigger but we shot some WT, Axis, and saw a Aoudad but could not get a shot. I have some bucks on camera that i was waiting on and will hopefully see them when i am back out in 2 weeks.

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I’d love to be able to randomly see exotics like that

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I'm just tickled you found a place. Have fun! cheers


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