Texas Axis Deer
The Axis Deer is considered to be the most beautiful of deer, with a bright reddish coat marked with rows of white spots. Introduced to Texas in the 1930s from the Indian subcontinent, the Axis deer now resides in over 45 counties around Texas. Its antlers, which it sheds annually, are usually three-pronged and curve in a lyre shape. Antlers are most often in the 20" range. Antlers in the 30" range are considered excellent trophies, and if they reach 36" they are exceptional Axis Trophy Deer. The world record occurred in India and is 41". Males can weigh up to 200 lbs and females around 170.
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You will generally see Axis female deer traveling with their offspring in small herds, but occasionally there will be a heard of Axis male Deer wandering together. This breed is usually out during the day, with their greatest activity just hours after dawn and before sunset. Another feature of axis is that, being a tropical deer, they do not follow a seasonal rut. Axis Bucks can be found in hard horn and in velvet at the same time any time in the year, which also means that fawning can occur in any month.
There are no restrictions on hunting the Axis Deer in Texas, which makes it a suitable trophy year round. The meat is also tasty and does not have the strong gamey flavor that venison most often has. Axis meat is also 99.8% fat free - making it the leanest meat of any mammal, and in our expert opinion, the best venison in the world.