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Old 06-03-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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I've wanted a big axis for a LONG time with my bow. I have a big one with my rifle that I killed about 1979. I want one comparable with my bow. I've now got the opportunity. I got on a place between Laredo and Dallas that has some hosses. I'll be hunting for the next month, except for my Junco weekend.

Got back from my first trip yesterday afternoon. Place looks great. I put up 3 popups and built a couple cedar blinds. I saw some deer that I've got my sights on.

I would have gotten more video and pics, but I did my usual "first trip" stuff. I got my second camera back from my little brother and took it to my blind and in the Ranger with me, instead of my other camera that was charged and ready. got out there and...no tape! I tried to take some pics with the camera directly to my card....not formatted and can't pull up the pics.

I did get about 8 minutes of video of this one. I had seen several bucks in this area and decided I needed a cedar blind. I headed out Monday morning to this spot, scoped the cedar thicket, put in my folding chair and cut out some shooting holes. My Ranger was parked about 40 yards away on the road. When I finished and started to chum the area, the sack I had was ripped on both ends. When I took it out, I spilled a pile behind the Ranger and in a spot where anything eating it couldn't be seen. I chummed the road in front of the cedar thicket leaving myself less than 20 yard shots.

When I parked the Ranger off a ways, and got in the blind, I started putting on my release and this buck walked out like he owned the place. Went right to my spilled area and stayed there. I got a few glimpses of him, but for about 30 minutes he basicly stayed hidden, leaving we to contend with about 4 does within spitting distance of me. He finally came out and gave me some great video. At 16 yards he was broadside with leg forward. He was mine if I wanted him. I've seen better. I waited.

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I learned a lot this first week on the ranch. My middle brother and I are heading back this week for 4 days. I saw a big bowed monster at 40 yards that was coming out of velvet...stuff was hanging everywhere. Horns were plaster of paris white. After I hunted Monday morning, I went to the area and built another cedar blind. Rascal comes in and the axis quest will be over.

There's a ton of pigs. I set out about 6 cameras Sunday midday. Pulled the cards from 2 Monday morning. 180ish total pics and 170 were hogs. I'm going to carry some spare arrows. If I find my cards, I'll post pics. Big hogs, little hogs, fat hogs, skinny hogs. White hogs, spotted hogs, black hogs, brown hogs. Boar hogs, sore hogs, sow hogs, "cow" hogs.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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Good Luck TD. Heard you will miss the 4th trip this year.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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good luck on your quest for "The One"..... I'm after an axis as well where I hunt but he has yet to show himself while I was hunting
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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I got on a place between Laredo and Dallas
I think you would do better between El Paso and Dallas

Good luck! Cant wait to see some LDP's.

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:39 PM   #5
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Not certain, Jason. Jen is having a party for Logan on the 4th. If I go, it'll be that night. It's the last weekend of my axis quest, so if I haven't killed on by then, I can hunt our lease and visit midday and stay with Clint and hunt Monday and Tuesday with him. I also need to get to my San Angelo lease and feed the critters. So, it's up in the air, but it's so great I hate to miss the fellowship. Besides, I might need a hub changed or something.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:40 PM   #6
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That hoss has a mean look on his face. Go get one!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:41 PM   #7
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LOL. Between El Paso and Dallas is a bit north.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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Not certain, Jason. Jen is having a party for Logan on the 4th. If I go, it'll be that night. It's the last weekend of my axis quest, so if I haven't killed on by then, I can hunt our lease and visit midday and stay with Clint and hunt Monday and Tuesday with him. I also need to get to my San Angelo lease and feed the critters. So, it's up in the air, but it's so great I hate to miss the fellowship. Besides, I might need a hub changed or something.
LOL. Hope you can make it at least for one night. I am bringing some REAL steaks this time.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:43 PM   #9
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Dang, what were they last year? If those weren't "real", then I don't know if I can take the "real". LOL Tell Joey and Clint to open the critter gate and let them out when I get there.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:44 PM   #10
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You have excellent restraint! I would've put an arrow in that one! Good Luck on the quest!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:45 PM   #11
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good luck on your "quest" you sure picked a dandy!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:45 PM   #12
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wow i need one of those with my bow
hope you get a big'un
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:50 PM   #13
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Dang, what were they last year? If those weren't "real", then I don't know if I can take the "real". LOL Tell Joey and Clint to open the critter gate and let them out when I get there.
You had a preview at Bownanza.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:53 PM   #14
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Good luck to you TD. Hope you get a big un!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:53 PM   #15
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Good luck in your Quest for the BIG ONE!!
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:00 PM   #16
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MC, it's a gift.....and a curse. LOL First week and there are several that I think I'm set to be in their kitchn. One is upper 30's in beam with a BIG bow. I have the time to spend and the place to spend it. If it had been a day hunt or guided hunt, I'd have probably let the air out. I'd mount him in a heartbeat, but I've never done the bird in the hand thing. It's a gift....and a curse.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:04 PM   #17
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Go get 'em Doc! Looks very promising(Except the Hog Part )
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:08 PM   #18
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From Joey and Clint, I've learned that they really like alfalfa. I had planned on taking a couple bales, but I didn't go until Saturday morning. didn't think of the feedstores being closed at noon. The alfalfa should help with the hogs. They will clean up the corn, but if I'm correct, won't eat the alfalfa. We'll have a couple bales with us this week. I never dreamed there would be that many hogs. Target rich environment. KAP.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:11 PM   #19
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Hang in there John, he looks like a good one. I'm sure you will see some bigger bucks, they are in there just gotta find him
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:15 PM   #20
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Thanks, Low Tec. You are right. They are there. I think I've got a couple already located. We'll see this week. It would have been a lot harder to pass this one if I hadn't seen what's there and what potential there is in such a short time. They are really coming out of velvet big time. Should see more scrapes and rubs, more roaring, and more bucks with doe herds and fewer big bachelor groups. LOVE the place.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:19 PM   #21
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TD you are killin' me......You have unbelievable restraint.....of course I am still looking for axis #1.

Great deer and good luck.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:23 PM   #22
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Good Luck TD!
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:49 PM   #23
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John, good luck!

But if that doesn't work out you might think about trying to find a place between Corpus and Amarillo. I heard there were some nice axis in that area.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:52 PM   #24
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LOL, we're not that far from that area.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:18 PM   #25
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Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:19 PM   #26
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Restraint is an understatement. Once I got over the shakes, I would have let one fly on that one. Keep us posted.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:21 PM   #27
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Great write up and pictures as always Doc. Good luck on your quest.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:34 PM   #28
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Best to ya Doc! You'll do well
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:34 PM   #29
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You had a preview at Bownanza.
you bringing kiwi again
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:40 PM   #30
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Good luck John! Hold out for something 36" or better with big brows and cottles. They are there.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #31
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you bringing kiwi again
No this one's name is freeway
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:46 PM   #32
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I can hunt our lease and visit midday and stay with Clint and hunt Monday and Tuesday with him. So, it's up in the air, but it's so great I hate to miss the fellowship. Besides, I might need a hub changed or something.
If you're coming. I'll pack some Pepsi! Hope to see ya there!!!
But if not there, then I look forward to the LDP's that kept you away
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:51 PM   #33
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Man good luck on that deal!!

You are making me hungry for Axis meat.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:57 PM   #34
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From the looks of the pics, it won't be long before the ole 100 gr. hammerhead puts the smack down. I think those Axis are in trouble.

Cool pics. I'm with a few of the others...I would have flung an arrow at that joker.
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:02 AM   #35
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Nice pics! While you're messing around out there, I would be very interested in knowing if they respond to elk bugles. I have heard that when they are summer rutting they like those hoochie mama calls, but don't have any solid proof. I do know that they love alfalfa, but make sure you tear it up or they will run off with half a bale!
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:21 AM   #36
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Nice pictures John! Looks like you are in the right place. Watch out for that Krivo fellow he is an odd one.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:31 AM   #37
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Good luck. Looks like a target rich environment.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:37 AM   #38
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Good luck and thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:40 AM   #39
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That 1st axis buck had character. I would have been pickin him outta my teeth with a toothpick by now!

Was that WT doe hangin out with them or just hangin out?

Try some chaffhaye. Makes a good cover scent, too.

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:46 AM   #40
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Good luck and hope the piggies stay away.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:03 AM   #41
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So, I just gotta know...... are You closer to Dallas are closer to Laredo?
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:05 AM   #42
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Stay cool. Shoot straight. Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:12 AM   #43
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Good luck on your quest Doc.......Seen pics of the animals on that place and there are some bruisers for sure........
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:14 AM   #44
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From Joey and Clint, I've learned that they really like alfalfa. I had planned on taking a couple bales, but I didn't go until Saturday morning. didn't think of the feedstores being closed at noon. The alfalfa should help with the hogs. They will clean up the corn, but if I'm correct, won't eat the alfalfa. We'll have a couple bales with us this week. I never dreamed there would be that many hogs. Target rich environment. KAP.
Good luck Doc, looks like you are on the right track. I saw this on a thread that I posted last week and was meaning to ask. What does "KAP" stand for?
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:10 AM   #45
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:26 AM   #46
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I would've skewered that dude. Good luck on the quest.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:08 PM   #47
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KAP= Kill All Pigs
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:17 PM   #48
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Good luck getting the big one. Wish I had your restraint. I have had good luck with alfalfa on exotics, as well as regular old sweet feed. Sweet feed would probably attract hogs though.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #49
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Nice Recap. I am sure you will be bloody this weekend. Keep me posted.
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I was just thinking about those steaks off the top of the fire box!!!! Man, they were good!!!!
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