Last month, I bowhunted free-range Axis deer with Southern Outdoor Experience in Sonora, Texas. Native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, these deer were brought to Texas in the 1800s as a game animal and meat source, and their numbers have since exploded. Bucks have 3x3 antlers whose main beams can grow to 30-inches or more. But the real trophy is the meat. Axis breed year-round, like cattle, but the peak of the rut tends to run across June and July. You’ll see hard-horned bucks breeding does and rag horns shedding velvet all in the same herd. It’s an exciting, target-rich hunt with a perfect summer payoff—some of the best grilled steaks you’ll ever eat. – Michael R. Shea, editor-at-large
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Everything You Never Knew About Axis Deer