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Old 09-09-2017, 12:27 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any tips or tricks for coaxing axis other than alfalfa?

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Old 09-09-2017, 07:57 AM   #2
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I have personally rattled in 3 different axis bucks when rattling for WT on the Kerr WMA during a 1st week of December WT hunt. I finally killed one after I came to my senses after I had let 2 walk away. I have also heard that and elk cow call will work. I would think rattling during the prime rut time from around Fathers Day on into summer would work well.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:58 AM   #3
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I'm by no means a expert but as said above, you can rattle them in and even braking branches works. I was making a quick natural ground blind on trail to hunt Axis and while I was braking off branches a big Axis came charging in.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:02 PM   #4
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That's a start, thanks

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:21 PM   #5
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https://youtu.be/R4WlbV21eiQ

Don't know if anyone has seen this yet as all his videos were just posted in the last week.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:51 PM   #6
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I listened to some of the videos. Sounds pretty good.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:38 PM   #7
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Ordered one of the calls. Sounds good . Would probably work best in the summer. I will give it a shot then.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:41 PM   #8
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Following..........I have set 6 times trying to catch HARTFORD (my wifes name for him) slipping up. Zero luck!!!
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:46 PM   #9
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Ordered one of the calls. Sounds good . Would probably work best in the summer. I will give it a shot then.
I guess I will get one also............I have bought worse things!
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:48 PM   #10
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I blew it a few times this weekend. I got a few roars back. The Ranch I was on has a large population of axis though. I also got some answers to my hoochie Momma too.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:50 PM   #11
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I blew it a few times this weekend. I got a few roars back. The Ranch I was on has a large population of axis though. I also got some answers to my hoochie Momma too.
Good to know, I have a hoochie momma also.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:56 PM   #12
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I bought one of those calls the other day too. It came in after I got home from my latest hunt, so I haven't had a chance to use it at the lease yet. But after a little practice, I can get some pretty realistic sounds out of it. It'll be fun to see if axis will come to the call or not. I'm sure the best time will be the summer rut, but some of them are rutting all year here and there. We'll see....
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:18 AM   #13
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Shane, How long did it take to get to you after ordering it?
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:01 AM   #14
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Shane, How long did it take to get to you after ordering it?
Not long. Just a couple days. Might even be quicker for you, as you're closer to the guy than I am.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:04 AM   #15
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He's in Boerne. Maybe you could swing by and pick one up in person?

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Old 11-06-2017, 11:59 AM   #16
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I ordered one yesterday and will try it out soon. I hear axis all the time while hunting, sometimes really close.
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:24 PM   #17
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I thought about going into Boerne to get it, but I talked to the guy. He said it should get here by Thursday.

Be interesting to see how the deer react.
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:30 PM   #18
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I ordered one and will try it out my next trip. I'm interested to see if I can get a buck to answer me.
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:57 PM   #19
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I’m on my way back from West Texas for Work, swinging in to get one. I hunt in Leakey and go to the Baker 3 every year. Curious to see what happens.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:15 PM   #20
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I don't know why this would work because it sounds NOTHING like the Axis I see and hear every day on the property. He does a second call that DOES sound very similar to Axis in the EZY AXIS CLOSE INCOUNTER (I didn't correct the spelling because I want to give accurate link lol). I hear that squeek/bark call from the Axis a lot, but not the Sasquatch sounding scream lol
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:18 PM   #21
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Alfalfa works great along with apple crush lure. They sometimes visit our feeder but more often you find them grazing open fields. At least all of this is true on our property just outside of Kerrville
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:24 PM   #22
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I know they love the deer blocks we throw out. My brother-in-law put a couple of Record Rack blocks behind his house, and there are Axis on them every day.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:40 PM   #23
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Ha. I'm a sucker. I ordered one too. I had success one time with the hoochy mama. This one looks and sounds much more legit. I'll try it out this weekend if it gets here!
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:18 PM   #24
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I don't know why this would work because it sounds NOTHING like the Axis I see and hear every day on the property. He does a second call that DOES sound very similar to Axis in the EZY AXIS CLOSE INCOUNTER (I didn't correct the spelling because I want to give accurate link lol). I hear that squeek/bark call from the Axis a lot, but not the Sasquatch sounding scream lol
The only thing I ever hear is the roar, usually 3 to 4 times in a row.
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:24 PM   #25
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The only thing I ever hear is the roar, usually 3 to 4 times in a row.
That sounds like this call? That's interesting because I have never heard Axis make a sound like that. I hear them bugle and bark, but nothing like this call. I can't wait to read reviews from hunters here. I trust the opinions of hunters that have no skin in the game with specific products. Would love video reviews showing Axis reacting to the call
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:35 PM   #26
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:41 PM   #27
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Well I stand corrected! Told my son to look at the videos and he says it sounds about right. I guess I just never heard it myself. Knowing that my son says it's pretty close, count me in to buy one and try it out
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:41 PM   #28
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That sounds like this call? That's interesting because I have never heard Axis make a sound like that. I hear them bugle and bark, but nothing like this call. I can't wait to read reviews from hunters here. I trust the opinions of hunters that have no skin in the game with specific products. Would love video reviews showing Axis reacting to the call
https://youtu.be/Glakw9OSxMs

This is what I hear all the time. He is pretty close on the sound from the call.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:23 PM   #29
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That sounds like this call? That's interesting because I have never heard Axis make a sound like that. I hear them bugle and bark, but nothing like this call. I can't wait to read reviews from hunters here. I trust the opinions of hunters that have no skin in the game with specific products. Would love video reviews showing Axis reacting to the call
I hear them bellow like that every time I'm at my lease. Back in the summer is was almost non-stop 24 hours a day. The call sound pretty realistic once you practice with it a while and figure out how to use it to make the right kind of sound.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:27 PM   #30
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Good info here. I think I'm going to get one of those calls
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:41 PM   #31
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I've never hunted Axis in my life, but I drew the hunt at South Llano River SP at the end of this month and can shoot axis. I think I will order one.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:44 PM   #32
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This is what I hear all the time. He is pretty close on the sound from the call.
That video is the best seller I have seen/heard. I definitely stand corrected. I'm used to hearing the short squeek/bark but not this longer shriek. I'm sold now and ordered one for myself
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:16 PM   #33
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I had one walk up behind me just a few yards away in Shriner/Kerrville park and went to roaring like the ones in the vedios. He roared 14 times. The first time scared the crud right out of me. They are very loud up close, and when there is no wind. I couldn't get a shot on him due to the branches and I was on the opposite side of the cedar mont.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:27 PM   #34
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Sounds just like the bucks that bellow every evening behind the house.

I think I'm going to have to buy one myself
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:31 PM   #35
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I bought one last Friday after reading the most recent Lone Star Outdoors newspaper. Can't wait to use it.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:54 PM   #36
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That thing sounds exactly right. Going to have to give it a try.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:03 PM   #37
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:09 PM   #38
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That video is the best seller I have seen/heard. I definitely stand corrected. I'm used to hearing the short squeek/bark but not this longer shriek. I'm sold now and ordered one for myself

The bark is an alarm sound akin to a doe snorting at you.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:59 AM   #39
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Well I bought one also. So any success stories yet. Im headed out this weekend to see if I can call one up. Would like to hear from anyone that has used this while hunting.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:04 AM   #40
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The bark is an alarm sound akin to a doe snorting at you.
Yeah, do NOT imitate the bark unless you want all the axis to leave.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:26 AM   #41
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Iím not sure if itís the same guy but Cable had a guy on Lonestar outdoors podcast that made the calls you can listen to. He walks you through calling them.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:48 AM   #42
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I am a sucker and just ordered one. Hopefully it will come in by this weekend and I can use it this trip. I hear them all the time at my stand and have yet to have one come in. Maybe this will change things. I will post my hunt on this thread next week.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:01 PM   #43
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I had one walk up behind me just a few yards away in Shriner/Kerrville park and went to roaring like the ones in the vedios. He roared 14 times. The first time scared the crud right out of me. They are very loud up close, and when there is no wind. I couldn't get a shot on him due to the branches and I was on the opposite side of the cedar mont.
I am headed there on Sunday to hunt Monday-Wednesday. I just ordered one. Hoping for the best.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:02 PM   #44
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I'll be trying mine out this weekend too.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:44 PM   #45
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Sweet hope we all have stories of big axis bucks that come charging in
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:08 PM   #46
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I just ordered mine. I have used the hoochie mama with no success. I am a sucker for gear. My backpack has had to be replaced several times because the straps rip out because I carry so much crap to the stand. Hopefully this one will work, and not be some more snake oil.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:55 PM   #47
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It does sound like a axis roar I just need more practice to get the growl or gurgle sound at the end of the roar.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:59 PM   #48
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Just ordered 2, I've heard that sound in the woods and did not know it was axis. I had thought it was more like an elk bugle

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:38 PM   #49
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The bark is an alarm sound akin to a doe snorting at you.
They use the bark for multiple reasons. One is to alert like you said. Another is to locate the herd when one has strayed. That is why you can sometimes hear two of them barking from different areas. They are trying to locate each other.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:09 PM   #50
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you may be right... But...the only time I have heard them bark... is right behind me and scares the crap out of me

as much as they are a herd animal, I can see them calling to regroup.
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