Texas Exotics, Axis Deer

Texas Exotics, Axis Deer

Commonly known as the most beautiful deer in the world, mature Axis deer have spots much like a fawn. The species originated in India. A large male can weigh up to 250 pounds with the females weigh less. Since the deer are from a tropical climate they breed any time of the year. The axis deer on my ranch are quite prolific and need to be thinned on a regular basis because they drive away the native white tail deer. Fortunately the meat is delicious and much desired. We cut steaks, grind the meat for sausage and hamburger, chop stew meat and save the bones for soup and stock. Because the horns are quite spectacular, the animal is desired by hunters who pay for the privilege of shooting an axis buck. It is not uncommon to see herds of them along the road to my ranch at most anytime of the day or night. A grill guard is necessary living in this area as the wildlife can cause severe damage to a vehicle. Stories abound of peopled hitting deer. There is always a dead deer or two along the road every time I drive the 20 miles to town. Flocks of buzzards (turkey vultures) remain in the area even in the winter. Road kill is plentiful. Driving at night is dangerous because many of them graze the roadsides. The recent drought stressed the wild life as well as domestic stock. Hopefully much needed rain will restore the habitat.