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Old 09-13-2017, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default Finally got an Axis buck with the bow and arrow

Its been a long year and lots of time in the field trying to get an axis buck with my bow. We have axis all over the place, but with them not going to feeders and the ranch being a cattle and goat ranch its been a difficult time getting into bow range. I've had countless encounters stalking them and getting into bow range, but for one reason or another just haven't been able to connect. Well that all changed this past week and finally connected on a nice buck. Did a little write up on the hunt below.

We have a rather large pecan tree on the ranch with a water trough under it and a stand high up in it. On Wednesday last week I got into the stand around 6:15pm. Got all situated and was sitting down taking in the view. There are many shooting holes for this tree and only really one area that you can't see and thats directly behind the tree. About 20 minutes in I hear a thump behind me and I turn to look and there he is just feeding on my hand corn at 12 yards facing me. This shooting lane happen to be the only one that was mostly open with no cover so I couldn't do too much. I sat there watching him feed for about 1.5 minutes thinking about what to do. He then starts to walk away and so I start to make my move to stand up and then he turned around to walk back in. Still wasn't able to get my bow and right when he got back to the corn he turned around and started walking off again. This time he didn't turn back around and made his way away from me. I thought that was the end of it, but what he did was went about 70 yards and circled around to in front of me and decided to lay down under a mesquite.
I watched him laying there for about an hour and finally had a whitetail come in to feed on the hand corn. I knew with sometime this axis wasn't going to like this whitetail feeding on his corn. After about 20-30 minutes he finally gets up and feeds around some. I stood up to get ready in case he came in and then it finally happened. He started walking my way and I got my bow ready. The whitetail buck ran off as the axis was coming in. Everything was perfect with a big trunk and branches blocking his view so I drew back my bow. He stepped out right at 12 yards and started eating the corn. After holding the draw for about 30-40 seconds he finally turned broadside and I released the arrow. He took off and I knew I made a great shot when I heard his lungs filling up with blood after only a couple steps away from the shot. He ran into the field and made it only 70 yards from the shot. Was a very memorable hunt and was able to get him on video some as well. He only weighed out at 170 pounds, but had 30 1/4" and 29 1/4" main beams and a beautiful hide with great white spots along the spine. Decided to mount him in the sneak position so that there is a better view of his black stripe.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:51 AM   #2
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Great story and Axis. Congratulations
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:52 AM   #3
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That's awesome! Great write up and great buck!
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:56 AM   #4
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Well done. Bucket list item for me.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:57 AM   #5
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Congrats, great write up, Nice buck, good eatin
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:58 AM   #6
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Congrats! Beautiful buck!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:22 AM   #7
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Very cool! Got my first doe with a bow last year but still haven't gotten an axis buck with a bow!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:26 AM   #8
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Nice congrats on a beautiful buck !!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:28 AM   #9
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:29 AM   #10
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Congrats and great story!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:30 AM   #11
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Very nice!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:31 AM   #12
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Good for you! Nice buck!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:31 AM   #13
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Congrats!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:32 AM   #14
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Heck yeah man congratulations.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:33 AM   #15
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Great job all the way around.

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Old 09-13-2017, 10:38 AM   #16
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:43 AM   #17
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Very cool! Congratulations!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:47 AM   #18
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congrats, thanks for sharing
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:48 AM   #19
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Attaboy, great looking buck
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:49 AM   #20
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:49 AM   #21
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Way to go! You've been after them hard amigo
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:49 AM   #22
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AWESOME! Makes me remember last year when I killed my first axis buck and the rush that came along with it. Thanks for sharing.

I had mine mounted in the same position you're going to have yours done and I'm happy with the result.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:54 AM   #23
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Congrats!! I'd love to be able to kill one!!! The most amazing part to me is that you could hear his lungs filling up with blood?
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:55 AM   #24
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Congrats!! I'd love to be able to kill one!!! The most amazing part to me is that you could hear his lungs filling up with blood?
I think he is referring to the buck choking/coughing as it ran off due to being double lunged
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:57 AM   #25
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:01 AM   #26
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Congrats partna, awesome story and deer!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:05 AM   #27
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also, if you need someone to take some of that horrible axis meat off your hands I know a guy...
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:14 AM   #28
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Great job, awesome looking axis buck. You are so lucky to have them on your place. That writeup made me picture the whole thing in my mind. Congratulations to you on making a good shot with your bow and bringing home a true trophy. He's gonna look real good on your wall.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:19 AM   #29
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Beautiful!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:19 AM   #30
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Super Jealous. Congrats on a great hunt and terrific table fare.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:20 AM   #31
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Great hunt. Well done
What area is the ranch?

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Old 09-13-2017, 11:30 AM   #32
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congrats
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:33 AM   #33
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Congrats as well !!! I can relate with all your AXIS WOES ! Have them thick at my honey hole - -but it's the wind in the hot months that's so hard to work those deer.

I have almost had shots at 2 shooter bucks and then it seems something goes array. I feel your pain !!! Alas, it all came together for ya !!! awesome !
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:40 AM   #34
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Congrats on a nice buck and some excellent eating !
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:44 AM   #35
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Very nice sir!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:48 AM   #36
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:50 AM   #37
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Awesome! Congratulations!!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:04 PM   #38
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Congrats.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:07 PM   #39
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Very cool, Congrats!
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:08 PM   #40
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Great axis and story! Had to be frustrating when he was just laying down all that time, tantalizingly close. But ... wait! -- he's coming back! Whack!
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:25 PM   #41
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Awesome!!!! One of my bucket list animals!!! Congrats!!

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:28 PM   #42
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Nice job. On my wish list. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:34 PM   #43
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congratulations and nice write-up
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:44 PM   #44
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Great deer. Congrats.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:13 PM   #45
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Nice!
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:19 PM   #46
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Great job, congrats!
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:43 PM   #47
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Congrats on a fine buck.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:50 PM   #48
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Awesome


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Old 09-13-2017, 02:54 PM   #49
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A beauty
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:55 PM   #50
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Well done, congrats!
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