Axis Deer Hunting in Texas
Axis deer are one of the most common exotic species hunted in Texas, and if you’re looking for a giant axis deer hunt you’ve come to the right place! I hunt axis deer on several different ranches, but my ranch with the best axis deer hunting is 3600 acres in Real County. This ranch has some of the biggest axis deer I’ve ever seen and with 400-500 axis deer on the ranch, you will see numerous giant bucks to choose from while axis deer hunting. My average axis buck harvested on this ranch will have main beams that measure 32-35″ and score “Gold Medal”. Every year we also have several axis bucks that break the 36″ mark as well as the occasional non-typical buck. Because of the size of these axis deer, I call these hunts my “Super Trophy Axis Hunts” and once you see all of these giant axis deer I think you’ll agree with me.
I’ve got several other ranches for axis deer hunting in the Kerrville area where we typically harvest bucks in the 29-32″ range and I call these hunts my “Trophy Axis Hunts”. These are still real nice trophy deer, but they just aren’t the monster axis deer we find on the “Super Trophy Axis Hunts.”
Most of my axis deer hunting is done by spot and stalk, but I will also hunt safari style, as well as out of blinds as necessary.
Who is this hunt for:
Axis deer are considered an “exotic” in Texas and there’s no closed season on hunting exotics in Texas. This means you can hunt them year round, but the best time for axis deer hunting is from May through September, which is when the majority of my bigger axis bucks are going to be hard antlered. Axis deer meat is also some of the best venison you’ll ever eat, and with the best axis deer hunting being from May-September, this is a great way to extend your hunting season and fill your freezer with excellent table fare. With their bright reddish coat and white spots, axis deer are also one of the most beautiful deer species and make beautiful mounts. All of these things combine to make axis deer hunting an excellent option for the experienced hunter looking to extend their hunting season, as well as the novice hunter looking for an exciting way to kick off their hunting career.
Included in all Axis Deer Hunts:
- Transportation around the ranch
- Field care of your trophy
Not included in Axis Deer Hunts:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non-resident Special 5 Day Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Skinning, caping, quartering of your trophy
Additional services available for all Axis Deer Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $250/person/night
- Airport pickup – $150/person (minimum 3 people)
- Skinning & quartering of your trophy – $100/animal
- Caping & freezing hide for transport home – $50/animal
Super Trophy Axis Deer Hunt Prices
Trophy Fee for Super Trophy Axis Deer:
$3500 up to 36″
$4000 for 36″+ or any non-typical
Daily Fees for Super Trophy Axis Deer Hunt:
$250/night for single occupancy
$300/night for double occupancy
Deposit – $500/Hunter
Trophy Axis Deer Hunt Prices
Trophy Fee for Trophy Axis Deer:
$2500 for axis buck
Daily Fees for Trophy Axis Deer Hunt:
Deposit – $500/hunter
Axis deer, or Chital, are native to the Indian subcontinent and were imported into Texas in the 1930s and now occupy at least 45 Texas counties. With their bright reddish coat and white shots, they are considered one of the most beautiful deer species. Most axis bucks typically have simple antlers, with 3 points on each side, and typically weigh about 200 pounds. Axis does are smaller and typically weight 100-125 pounds. Having very few natural predators, and their natural resistance to disease has allowed the axis deer to flourish in Texas. Axis deer are primarily grazers, but they can easily exist on forbs and woody browse. Being primarily a grazer, the meat from axis deer is considered some of the best tasting meet of any of the deer species. Axis deer reproduce year around, but the majority of their breeding, called the rut, occurs in June and July. During the rut, axis bucks bellow at each other and wander around looking for receptive does.
Most of my axis deer hunting is done by spot and stalk. We drive around until we locate a nice herd, or nice buck, and then try and stalk into position for a shot. When they are rutting, and bellowing at each other, it’s easy to locate them and then start stalking in the direction of the bellow. Depending on the time of year and available natural food sources I’ll also do some axis deer hunting out of blinds overlooking feeders, as well as some still hunting and safari style hunting.
Since it’s typically pretty warm when axis deer hunting you are going to want to wear as cool and comfortable clothing as possible. I typically just wear jeans, snake boots (to keep the cactus and thorns/brush off my legs) and a long sleeve camo shirt. Since there is no closed season on axis deer hunting the weather with vary greatly depending on the time of year we will be hunting. If you are coming on an axis deer hunt it’s probably best to just call me and find out what the weather has been like and what it’s forecast to be and pack accordingly.
Axis deer can be found in over 45 counties in Texas, but the majority of my axis deer hunting occurs in the Hill Country. If flying, San Antonio International Airport is the closest major airport and from there it’s typically less than a 2 hour drive to any of my ranches.