Axis Hunts in Texas –
We had Chris and his brother Dan in camp this week to begin their first ever exotic hunt. The plan was for Chris to begin his Axis hunts in Texas and Dan to take a doe along the way. Chris and Dan have grown up in Colorado and have hunted Elk and deer since they where little, Being experienced hunters but never having been on a guided hunting trip both were excited for the trip to get started. The first evening we went and sat at one of our places on the Frio river to see what we could do. Well in 100 degree weather and a full moon the deer where sure to move at dark or later. So the first evening of Axis hunts in Texas was hot and the bugs were terrible. Right about dark we got up from our sit and went to pick up Dan. We didn’t hear any shots so we knew it was probably not much happening for Dan either. Well on the way to get him I decided to get the spotlight out and see what we could see. from the drive over to him we could tell the deer were starting to move. We got to Dan’s blind and got him and his first evening of Axis Hunts in Texas was pretty slow. We decided to make a pass through the front of the ranch and see if any does might be hanging out. We got back to the front and there was a nice buck with a bunch of does after a closer look I told Chris we should pass on the buck that it was early in his Axis Hunts in Texas and we could do better. After passing back through we found a good sized Axis doe and Dan bailed out and got to a rest and took a shot. She ran and we told him hit her again and he fired again and she went down. Dan was pumped he had never even seen an axis up close so he was happy to recover his doe and see how pretty she was. So with one animal down we headed back to the lodge to get her cleaned and in the cooler. The next morning we were back at the same stand hoping to see a better buck on the first morning of Chris and Dan’s Axis hunts in Texas. Dan ( Eagle Eye) spotted the axis coming up off the bottom of the field they were on track to walk across right in front of us when they froze and started acting very cautious. Sure enough I guess they spotted us or just knew something was up so the proceeded to go back into the brush. We decided to move to the upper field and try the rest of the first morning of the Axis hunts in Texas there. I made a pass through and fed corn and we drove back down to a vantage point and just used the truck as a blind. After about an hour we had seen 1 small buck and some does but not the Axis buck we were after. I decided we would go have some breakfast and maybe change things up and go try another ranch. After breakfast Chris was down with trying another ranch and so we made the hour drive up to the other ranch to continue his Axis hunts in Texas. Once we got in the pasture we spotted a group of nice Fallow bucks and Chris’s Axis hunts in Texas quickly gained options. If we had a good shot on Either species he would take it. I told him to pass on the first Fallow we came across because I knew we had some better ones in the ranch. So as we made a few passes through just trying to find some animals and get a plan of attack we jumped quite a few Fallow and Axis deer but every time it was either a small one and I would tell Chris to pass or we would be ready and the deer would never present us with an ethical shot. After a long day of hunting we found ourselves second guessing a few of the calls we had made. I told Chris be patient and we will get a good one. We decided to hit another ranch on the way home and run through with the spotlight. After a couple hours Chris told me hey man lets go get a couple hours of sleep and try again in the morning. I told him I just wanted to finish the loop we where on and then we would head out. As we topped the hill I caught a set of eyes in the distance and from the size I knew it had to be a buck. Quickly looking through the binos I could tell this was an Axis Buck we should make a move on. Chris got out and got a good rest and waited for the deer to clear the trees and give us a shot. As he stepped out he stopped and looked back and gave us a shot. Chis fired a shot and it looked like a good one but we knew the buck ran. We made our way over to the spot the deer was when we shot and started looking for blood. After about 10 minutes we found the first blood. Chris looked at me and said I don’t feel good about that! It was one drop about the size of a quarter and I knew it was not the best sign!! We fallowed a few more tiny drops and then lost it. We decided to go back and start again and now with Dan helping we got back on it. About 50 yards down the trail there was a gully the deer had to go through and as he started down the blood began to spew out of him. Good blood!! All the way down and all the way up the other side there was a foot of spray every couple of feet. That was a great feeling for me and I know it had to easy Chris’s mind. I knew he couldn’t be far. We topped the ridge and looked down the trail and could see his horn sticking up. We hunted hard on this Axis hunts in Texas and passed on some good quality animals but I think it all worked out pretty good in the end. By the time we got him gutted and loaded up and snapped a few pics it was 2 am and still had an hour drive back to the lodge. After a bite of spaghetti we were all ready for a little sleep. Chris and Dan had came to Texas to experience their 1st Axis Hunts in Texas and had a blast and left with some great meat, some memories made, and some awesome trophies. Congrats guys on an awesome Axis Hunts in Texas!!