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Old 08-27-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
Mallard06
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Want to take my son on a hunt for his birthday

Target species would be trophy Axis and/or Black Buck

Looking at OX Ranch or something similar. All inclusive with other fun things to do like fishing etc.

Questions are:

What time of year is best to get a hard horned Axis? Iíve heard they shed periodically through the year.
And with Black Buck, when is best to get the black cape. Iíve always heard February/March

And lastly, any input on OX Ranch would be appreciated or somewhere similar or better
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:26 PM   #2
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No idea on OX Ranch, but depending on your location - check into T4 Exotics.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=675262

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Old 08-27-2018, 06:50 PM   #3
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West Kerr Ranch
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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Double TT ranch off highway 41 great exotics nice place no fishing though.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:28 PM   #5
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I've hunted a few of these ranches. YO I've been going to for 40 years and even have a Gold BB from there. Lately been a fan of Timberlake. Travis and family are so personal and you see a lot of game and I shot a beautiful Sika there. Saw lots of incredible fallow.
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Want to take my son on a hunt for his birthday

Target species would be trophy Axis and/or Black Buck

Looking at OX Ranch or something similar. All inclusive with other fun things to do like fishing etc.

Questions are:

What time of year is best to get a hard horned Axis? Iíve heard they shed periodically through the year.
And with Black Buck, when is best to get the black cape. Iíve always heard February/March

And lastly, any input on OX Ranch would be appreciated or somewhere similar or better
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:31 PM   #6
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the ox ranch is really fun great hunting and fishing.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:15 PM   #7
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T4 Exotics is a great place, and with great accommodations. You will need to provide your own food, but there is fishing on the ranch. Axis are good right now.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:19 PM   #8
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Lazy J ranch near Normangee/Hilltop has it all. Might want to look them up and contact them.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:02 PM   #9
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Blackbucks I believe are darkest between July and Sept and very light by April.

I was also told that if there are several males, the most dominant one will go darkest and the non-dominant males will be lighter than him.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:08 PM   #10
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Dont quote me on this, but I've been told BB get darker with age. That is why young BB males look a lot like females and eventually get darker.

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Old 08-27-2018, 09:15 PM   #11
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I was one of the biologists at Flying A in Bandera for several years. The dominant blackbucks were darkest in late winter, could expect anything over 16" straight tape to be considered trophy at the time (early 2000's).

The axis would have hard antler right around now, this time of year was the peak breeding season. They bred year around as a population but right now was the prime.

They had fishing that you could do from the lodge or pay to fish one of the lakes on the ranch. Bandera also has several things to see on the weekends.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:28 PM   #12
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Take him to the OX and I bet he’d rather shoot the Sherman tanks than an exotic...
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:27 PM   #13
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Thank you peter. Hope all is well with the new ranch. Let me know if you need anything
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:11 PM   #14
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Summertime is the best time for both animals. No idea where you live, but look at Diamond C also. I killed a nice Blackbuck there and saw some really good Axis
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:25 PM   #15
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The summer axis rut is on the downswing now. Most of the remaining bucks on our place have broken tines. They fight a LOT. There are other bucks that are in velvet that will shed out in a month or two though. Biggest part of them are hard antlered in the summer though, and the main rut is June - August. Best time to get them before they get busted up is in May/June. There will always be some with hard antlers here and there at all times of the year though.

I've only killed one blackbuck. He is was pretty black. Had a few brown specks on his butt, but black everywhere else. Killed him on November 30th a couple years ago. My dad killed a bigger one on the same day that was jet black.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:38 PM   #16
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The Blackbuck in my avatar was killed in mid December. I prefer hunting Axis in cooler weather, but there isn't near as many hard horned bucks that time of year
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:49 PM   #17
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I've always been told that the best time to hunt BB is late Jan into early Feb. As far as Axis go, May/June are my favorite time of the year at the best trophy (this might only be my opinion)...just be prepared to sweat!
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:58 AM   #18
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Not sure what it's worth, but I'm booked for the week of Thanksgiving at the OX Ranch. I was concerned about the black hide on a BB and was told it's about the dominant buck. The guy I talked with was saying they were seeing/killing 5 curl BB's. I get the pricey tag but, with what you get vs most other places you're never sitting around waiting to go to the stand. Look at the package and what is free when you're there. Like Docmay said, "Premium ranch for a premium price." I'll try and do a thread on my hunt around Thanksgiving, they say cell service sucks there so no live hunt thread plus, I'm going with son and have no intention of taking away from my son's time to be on the phone.
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