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  • Axis Hunts in Texas – John Strikes Free Range Gold

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    We recently had John in camp and he was looking to hunt a good Axis buck and wanted to try to get one free range if he could. We had been seeing some nice Axis bucks on some of our free range properties and on the first day of his hunt John connected on this great buck. It is not to often that you find free range deer of this magnitude but what a great Axis buck. Congrats John on a great hunt and an awesome Axis buck !


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Chris’s Patience Pays Off

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    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!!


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Hillary Gets it Done!

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    A little late getting this one posted but better late than never. We had the pleasure of guiding Kodi and his wife Hillary on an Axis hunt a couple weeks ago. The first morning of Hillary’s  Axis hunts in Texas started off with a bang literally when we met up and parked to get in 1 vehicle Kodi backed into a post .. well we where not going to let that damper the first morning of axis hunts in Texas so off we went to find Hillary a Trophy Axis buck. After arriving just before daylight we decided to sit in a stand we had been seeing some good axis bucks coming to in a couple previous Axis hunts in Texas. As the sun came up the wind picked up with it and I was discouraged that this area would not produce a good buck due to the wind. Well after a few minutes Hillary and I where chatting very quietly I looked up and a nice buck was chasing a doe around the Edge of a brush pile about 75 yards from the blind. About the same time I knew it was just a matter of time before he pushed her over into our wind. Well of course that was what happened and we where busted. Tim and Kodi where up the hill watching the area behind us in case they came there Tim could text me and we could try to stalk over to them. Well Tim sent me a text that they where still feeding down behind us and we could probably stalk in on them.  About that time I notice a spider crawling across the side of the blind. Black spider with a red hour glass on his back well it didn’t take a second glance and I notice another one on the side of the blind next to Hillary and she sees one right over my head. Well I’m generally not to worried about things but being surrounded by Black Widows was enough for Hillary to be ready to make an exit and I was not to far behind her!! So we decided to stalk down and see if we could get on the buck. We got to the are the guys had seen him and I spotted him walinkg into a small sliver of brush. Things where heating up on the first morning of Axis hunts in Texas. We worked our way up to a position that if they crossed the road we would be able to get a shot. Well after a minute or so they started to file across the road. After a hard look I decided the buck was not a shooter and decided we would ride around and see what we could find. We made our way around to a big opening in the pasture and a big cedar break along the back side. We spotted axis making their way across and I told Tim to drop Hillary and me there and to run up ahead of them to try to get them to turn back. Well the plan worked and they came to about 50 yards and gave us a good look. Well I didn’t like the buck in this group I thought we could do better. So The axis hunts in Texas was off to a pretty good start just hadn’t found the right deer. So off we went to keep plugging away. By this time it was starting to get late in the morning and  the temperature was starting to warm up as well. I knew there had been a big group of does hanging out up in a shady cactus flat and figured with the buck running the doe earlier in the day that maybe a buck would be hanging out with the group of does. As we pulled around the barn into the flat we saw the does and then we spotted him!!! Right away we knew it was one we where after. Hillary slid across the back seat and got her gun out the window and we told her go ahead and take him. We knew there was not going to be any chance of getting out to stalk him and she had no problem shooting from the truck. The buck was frozen thinking we couldn’t see him if he didn’t move I guess. Well Hillary put a great shot on him and he fell in his tracks. Great shot and an Awesome deer down on Hillary’s First morning of Axis Hunts in Texas !! Congrats Hillary on an awesome Axis hunts in Texas can’t wait to have you guys back in the future!!


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Morris Gets a Nice Free Range Buck

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    Axis Hunts in Texas

    Memorial day weekend found Morris and his son from Tomball TX back for more Axis Hunts in Texas. Tim Would be guiding the hunt and they would be after a trophy buck and an axis doe for meat. On the first evening they saw many axis bucks just where not positioned right to get in range. As the evening drew to a close the opportunity came to go ahead and harvest a doe. The next morning the decision was made to go back and reposition and hopefully get a shot on the Axis from the first evening. Half way through Morris’ Axis hunts in Texas they had seen 2 shooter bucks that they couldn’t get a shot on so the decision was made to stalk in on a bedding area and see if they could make it happen. So Tim guided Morris in to the area and they slowly made their way through the brush. Tim spotted a buck bedded down ahead of them. It was determined to be a shooter buck and all that was left was for Morris to make the shot. After a few minutes the Axis buck stood up Giving Morris a shot and The Axis hunts in Texas came to a close. Congrats Morris on a great Axis Hunts in Texas.

     


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Buddy Gets a Nice One

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    As axis season gets into full swing we are still seeing some good deer to hunt. Buddy from East Texas was in camp this weekend and was here to try his luck at Axis hunts in Texas. We started out in the high fence early Saturday morning and looked over a couple nice Axis bucks before it started to get super hot. We noticed the wind was blowing pretty hard and we figured the axis deer would not be moving as well as normal, that proved to be the case. We would see a few deer here and there while driving but on a normal Axis Hunts in Texas we would be seeing more than that. So we decided we would hunt till the heat sat in and the go break for lunch and check a couple other places. We hunted and stalked a few deer but decided we would look around. Saturday evening we decided to sit at a protein feeder on one of our low fence places that we have been catching 4 big bucks on game camera on a pretty regular basis. After a couple hours of sitting and only seeing whitetail and hogs we decided to go spotlight a couple fields that are normal axis feeding grounds. Buddy’s Axis Hunts in Texas was going to be cut short he informed us he needed to leave by noon on Sunday to get back for work on Monday. So after a long evening we decided to turn in and get to the high fenced pasture early to try and catch some Axis out feeding before the wind kicked up. So as we drove into the pasture we came around a bend in the rode and could see Axis working their way through the short oaks. After a quick look with the binoculars we determined there was a shooter in the pack. As we made our way down the hill the Axis bucks turned to run but Buddy was ready. The first shot was a little back but managed to bring down the big buck. We kept making our way down the ridge and found the buck trying to get away. As the Axis Buck came back to his feet Buddy let another shot ring out. This time the rifle did the job and the buck went down for good. Congrats Buddy on your successful Axis Hunts in Texas.


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Monster Axis buck Down

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    Last weekend of April Found us helping one of our landowners with a group of hunters and Axis hunts in Texas was on the menu to start off the hunt. After looking over some Great Axis bucks Kent decided the giant typical Axis Buck was the one he wanted to go after. The next morning Kent had his chance and took it. After the shot it was realized it was a little low and so the decision was made to back out and give him time to lay down and expire. So Kent’s Axis hunts in Texas was in limbo. Kent’s gut was in knots and as the wait continued the decision was made to call in a professional deer tracker. Once the dog was turned lose on the trail Kent’s Axis Hunts in Texas quickly came to a close. When there is a doubt always do the right thing and do everything you can to recover the animal whether it is an absolute trophy as was the case with Kent’s Axis hunts in Texas or even on a doe. A big thanks goes out to A.J. Minns for Coming out on a Sunday morning in the heat and using his dogs to find Kent’s Trophy. Congrats Ken on a Great Axis hunts in Texas And pending top 10 TGR Typical Axis Buck.


  • Axis Hunts in Texas – Mark Gets His Axis

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    Mark was also down with dave hunting Aoudad on our main ranch. After Dave took his trophy Axis Mark thought he would give our Axis hunts in Texas a shot as well. After a long day of hunting with no Aoudad giving him a shot. Guides Tim and Josh spotted this fine Axis buck standing through the brush at about 150 yards. Mark decided this was going to be his best chance to fulfill his Axis Hunts in Texas and made an incredible shot. After looking back Mark had a small window through the cedar to take a shot and placed the bullet perfectly in the Axis deers shoulder. So after a long day of hunting Mark had successfully completed his Axis hunts in Texas with this beautiful 35.5 inch Axis Buck. Congrats mark and once again we cant wait to have you back next year for another go at Aoudad.


  • Axis hunts in Texas – A February Surprise

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    Axis hunts in Texas

    Bryan was down at the ranch for his share in the ram hunt and Gary had put the hunt together and wanted to get Bryan an exotic to boot. Gary had told me a good Axis or Fallow would do the trick so we set out with Either on the mind.  It flopped from Axis hunts in Texas to Fallow hunts in Texas a couple times and we had shot at a nice fallow on one of our ranches and missed. We had seen some nice axis as well but we decided to go over to one of our ranches the guys had labeled the “petting zoo.” We left one ranch and went to have a bite to eat and decided to move over to the other ranch. We got there and as we drove in we went by the house to let the owner know we were there. We proceeded to drive into the pasture and about the time we rounded the barn The hunt had turned back to Axis hunts in Texas. There were 6-7 does and one super nice buck in front of us about 100 yards. Hadn’t seen a hard horned Axis in this ranch in a month. And there is a beautiful 34 inch Axis buck standing in front of  us. One you didn’t even have to pick up the binoculars to know that the hunter should be slinging lead! Shoot him I think everyone in the truck said it multiple times. Finally the buck turned back to give Bryan a quartering shot and he took it. Bryan nice shooting my friend. Cant wait to have the cajun transplants back in camp they were fun to hunt with. Axis hunts in Texas will keep you on your toes. You hunt hard all day and then you pull around the barn and the deer are standing right there. Never know how it will work out.


  • Axis hunts in Texas – Jay’s Trophy Axis Buck

    Axis hunts in Texas – Jay’s Trophy Axis Buck

    Axis hunts in Texas

    Jay was down with the big group of whitetail hunters from Clean Blast in Louisiana. He had mentioned at the start of the hunt he would like to try Axis hunts in Texas along with his whitetail and try to take both in the 3 days he would be with us. We decided to take a few of the hunters up to one of our high fence ranches and start them there and try to provide Jay a successful Axis hunts in Texas. On the first evening we had only seen one big Axis buck and he had broken about 4 inches off his right side. So after a long ride back to the lodge we enjoyed some good ole Cajun cooking and called it a night. We took the same group back up the hill the next morning to the same ranch in hopes we would have better luck on Jays Axis hunts in Texas. The morning hunt came and went we saw a good number of whitetail and Axis just nothing we felt like taking on the first morning. Most of the Axis where in velvet and still growing so we passed on them. After a quick ride into town we had breakfast and decided we would go back into the ranch and try to spot and stalk or safari style an Axis buck. We pulled in and I could see some axis standing under the oaks out in front of us. As we got closer we could see a very nice buck out in front. We rounded the corner and Jay was ready he stepped out with his gun and shooting sticks and the buck turned straight on to look at us. Jay took a shot and hit the Axis deer in the neck. The deer dropped quickly. We celebrated the accomplishment on his first morning of Axis hunts in Texas and started to walk over to inspect Jay’s Trophy Axis Buck. As we approached the Axis I saw him move and I Told jay to get ready we might need to shoot him again. About that time Jays Axis hunts in Texas took a turn for the worse. The Axis buck planted his horns in the dirt and did something like you would see a world class gymnast do. It did a perfect hand stand on its horns flipped to his feet and was running away. In all my years of hunting I had never seen anything like it! We were all in shock from what we had just witnessed and Jay couldn’t get his gun up for a second shot. We ran to the edge of the field and the buck was probably 400 yards away by now. I watched where he went into the brush and told the guys we would drive around and pick up the blood trail and finish off Jay’s Axis hunts in Texas. We made it to the other side and worked the blood trail. We finally lost it and just started blind searching thinking he must be laid up right there close. Jay was beside himself he thought the first shot was true on his Axis hunts in Texas. We saw horns sticking up from behind a cactus and made our move to get another shot. We could see the Axis buck looking around but he had not spotted us yet. After yelling and whistling at the deer he finally stood up and before he bolted Jay got another shot off at him. The second shot on Jays axis hunts in Texas wasn’t much better than the first but this time it slowed him down a little more. Jay got another shot and this time it was a clean miss. The Axis buck made his way to some cedar and lay down. I found a good lane and Jay shot one more time to complete his Axis hunts in Texas. Congrats Jay on a fine Axis hunts in Texas he did shoot a little better on his Whitetail. Sorry Jay had to rib you a little great hunt and great people look forward to hunting with these guys in the future.


  • Axis Hunts in Teaxas – Gregs Axis Hunts in Texas

     

    Axis Hunts in Texas – After Greg was able to harvest his Aoudad on the first morning we shifted our focus to Axis Deer. After checking Game cameras on a few of our properties we decided the best bet was going to be sitting in the blind and wait for the big Axis buck to come to us.  After the first morning with no Axis bucks in sight and four hours of sitting watching we decided we would go drive the rest of the property and maybe spread a little corn out in hopes the Big Axis buck would show him self. We fed the top end of the field and continued to drive through the property. We came around a bend in the road and noticed some deer where making their way across the field to were we had just corned. One of the axis bucks looked like a shooter and so the stalk was on. We started at 375 yards and made our way to 250 and were as close as we could get. After a good look over we decided the buck was a shooter. Well in hind sight I wish we had looked a little closer. He was a little smaller than we thought but from 250 he looked like a huge Axis Buck.  Lesson learned the hard way so it was time to look for another Axis Buck. After a few more sits in the blind we did not have any luck. The big Axis Buck we had been seeing was no longer in the area. On the evening before the last day Greg asked me if I had any other places we could go hunt and I told him sure I did and that even though it was high fenced it would still be a hunt. So the plans were set and with a later start than normal we were off to get our Axis Buck. As we first pulled into the ranch we had high hopes of getting it done and getting out of there pretty quick that however was not the turn out. After seeing some Axis deer it seamed the Axis deer had vanished. We walked and drove and walked and drove a little more and nothing to show for our hard work. By 5:30 in the afternoon we were getting concerned. We only had a couple of hours to figure it out and find a shooter Axis and get on him. At 6 pm we drove back to the front gate and turned down the main road. Greg told me hey go back so I started back and we both saw the horn sticking up through the grass behind a fallen tree. How many times we had passed by the bedded Axis buck who knows but at this point that was not our concern. We waited for the Axis buck to stand up and give Greg a shot. After what seamed like an eternity the buck came to his feet and Presented Greg with a shot. That was his undoing. as we walked over Greg was pumped he had come from Virginia to Shoot an Aoudad an Axis Buck and a Javelina. We had accomplished all three. Congrats Greg on 3 fine trophies. Can wait to have Greg back in the future to get a bobcat.