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Old 01-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever found a map of Texas showing the concentrations of free ranging Axis? When I get serious about buying property it will be a big consideration to me.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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Bump. Interesting idea
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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The Hill Country.

The axis deer was first introduced into Texas in the 1930s and now occurs in at least forty-five counties. Largest numbers occur on the Edwards Plateau, where the semiopen, dry scrub forest vegetation resembles that of its native habitat in India.

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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I know they over run boerne.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:32 AM   #5
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All over Bandera, Boerne, spring branch
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:54 AM   #6
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Roosevelt/Junction would be heavy with them as well
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:59 AM   #7
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Has anyone ever found a map of Texas showing the concentrations of free ranging Axis? When I get serious about buying property it will be a big consideration to me.
And be sure to hire a Realtor that understands your considerations...
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:03 AM   #8
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Kendall,Kerr,Real,Eastern Edwards, northern Uvalde County, Northern Kinney County, Kimble county, Gillespie County, Mason County, McCullough County Sutton County, Menard County,etc....lots of counties have them, with western Kerr, Kendall, Real and Eastern Edwards probably having the highest concentrations.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:10 AM   #9
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Some bright young A&M Student could get their PHD by charting their spread in Texas.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:13 AM   #10
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Still waiting for them to show up in Blanco county!
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:16 AM   #11
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Some bright young A&M Student could get their PHD by charting their spread in Texas.
they are nomadic and move in and out of areas with heavy hunting pressure. my inlaws live in south western blanco county (200 yards from the Kendall County line) and they had some axis move in about 8 years ago. the locals acted like it was a free for all and they killed several and then they hauled butt and havent' been seen since.

buddy of mine did a lot of land clearing work up by possum kingdom and he saw a bunch while he was up there.

I know several ranchers in Gillespie that have never seen one on their ranch, same goes for guys in bandera, but you drive 10 miles down the road and they are infested with them.


few things to keep in mind....axis like water. If your in a river bottom or a drainage and in one of the counties mentioned, odds are you will see them every once in awhile, they may even be the predominant animal there. that's not to say you won't see them miles away from water but they do concentrate along river bottoms and drainages.


I went to high school in spring branch (comal county), we never had them out there 10 years ago, then we started seeing a few here and there, now they are everywhere in the Guad river bottom, we see them dead on the side of 281 all the time now.

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Old 05-29-2014, 08:18 AM   #12
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Still waiting for them to show up in Blanco county!
far werstern and south western blanco counties. not in huge numbers but they are there.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:48 AM   #13
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I live a couple miles east of Boerne on hwy 46. Getting to the point we see more axis than WT. Doing our best to keep numbers in check. Killed one last night.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:25 AM   #14
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I live a couple miles east of Boerne on hwy 46. Getting to the point we see more axis than WT. Doing our best to keep numbers in check. Killed one last night.
Need any help with that?
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:33 PM   #15
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far werstern and south western blanco counties. not in huge numbers but they are there.
We are smack dab in the middle, just south of Johnson City. Maybe one day. I saw a lone sika doe a couple of years ago on the neighbors place while driving in but nothing since.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:37 PM   #16
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I've seen axis in Tom Green also. Free range axis.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:40 PM   #17
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Still waiting for them to show up in Blanco county!
Saw 1 last year dead on the side of the road there.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:11 PM   #18
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Still waiting for them to show up in Blanco county!
A few ranches in central Blanco County "let" some escape back in the '60s and '70s, but they never seemed to really take hold in that country. We always had a few fallow as well, but they too were rather nomadic (or simply got shot out). Sika were pretty common in the rough cedar hills, but I haven't seen one of them on the old home place in years either. These critters all seemed to fade away without any specific effort to hunt them hardÖand it didn't seem to be tied to any particularly bad drought cycle, either. Not sure what the problem was. I did enjoy seeing some around.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:20 PM   #19
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they live in the expensive part.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:47 PM   #20
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I've seen axis in Tom Green also. Free range axis.
Oooh! What part?
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:48 PM   #21
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:50 PM   #22
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Great realtor to use!
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:03 PM   #23
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I live a couple miles east of Boerne on hwy 46. Getting to the point we see more axis than WT. Doing our best to keep numbers in check. Killed one last night.
You need some help!!!!
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:40 PM   #24
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Good luck on your looking. IF possible make sure your Realtor REALLY knows the area and what you are looking for. I was lucky and my realtor and her partner grew up in the area and knew everything I asked. They were looking at satisfying me and not just a commission. You wait a lifetime to get the perfect place so you don't want to waste time and money. If you end up in REAL county I have the perfect Realtor for you. Shawn Gray @ Frio Canyon Real Estate. Good luck.
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:31 PM   #25
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From Sonora Texas down to Boerne Texas along the I-10 corridor.

Leakey, Rocksprings down to Concan along the Frio River valley.

North fork of the Guadalupe River above Hunt Texas


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Old 10-15-2014, 02:59 PM   #26
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about 15 yrs ago my great uncle turned some loose in chambers county (southeast tx). as far as I know, they were never seen again
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:08 PM   #27
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from sonora texas down to boerne texas along the i-10 corridor.

Leakey, rocksprings down to concan along the frio river valley.

North fork of the guadalupe river above hunt texas

wow!!!
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:11 PM   #28
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And be sure to hire a Realtor that understands your considerations...
great advice. will also help you avoid areas with major issues like oak wilt, anthrax, small parcel sell off..
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:12 PM   #29
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From Sonora Texas down to Boerne Texas along the I-10 corridor.

Leakey, Rocksprings down to Concan along the Frio River valley.

North fork of the Guadalupe River above Hunt Texas

now that is a busy guy.....
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:19 PM   #30
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We have them on our place in Gillespie County. About 4 miles off the river. The numbers definitely grow every year.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:57 AM   #31
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Can someone please suggest a good realtor for "axis country", a realtor that can cover all the counties?
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:46 PM   #32
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Can someone please suggest a good realtor for "axis country", a realtor that can cover all the counties?
Talk to Chance Love
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:56 AM   #33
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Bumping this old thread, as I'm just starting to look for Hill Country retirement land (a home with hunting allowed on the property). I know the axis range has continued to spread over what it was "way" back in 2014, but not sure to what extent. I'd like updates in particular on Kendall, Gillespie and Mason counties, if anyone has recent sightings or kills to provide info on. Thanks.
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:15 PM   #34
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The Hill Country.

The axis deer was first introduced into Texas in the 1930s and now occurs in at least forty-five counties. Largest numbers occur on the Edwards Plateau, where the semiopen, dry scrub forest vegetation resembles that of its native habitat in India.

Link from where I took info.
https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/...articles/tca03
I don't know where they got that, but it's false. Axis deer in India live in wet, tropical forests. Yes, they've adapted well to the Edwards Plateau, but it really doesn't resemble where they're from.
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:37 PM   #35
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I wish they would get a lot more cold tolerant and come to southern Oklahoma
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:40 PM   #36
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I wish they would get a lot more cold tolerant and come to southern Oklahoma
They do seem to be much more cold tolerant than blackbuck. They don't, however, seem to be able to see incoming vehicles well, as anyone who travels state hwy 55 could attest.
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:42 PM   #37
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I have my land now and itís technically in the Edwards plateau but the very northern tip of it. I havenít seen any axis on my place but I have seen them within about 5 miles of my place.

Hereís to hoping!
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:44 PM   #38
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I saw a herd of 35 or more along the Sabinal River in Sabinal. i have also seen one dead on the road between Hondo and Bandera. There also has been a herd seen south of Hondo along the live oak slough as well as some along the Hondo Creek south of Hondo.

Not highly concentrated like the plateau but they are moving south for sure.



Edit/Update; Just went and looked and saw 8 to 10 100 yds from the city limits of Sabinal.

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Old 02-04-2020, 01:06 PM   #39
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I did get some interesting info recently from the Hill Country Alliance. They note that on a recent spotlight survey on the Cave Creek Wildlife Management Association area in eastern Gillespie County, a 3-night run picked up a total of 347 whitetails . . . and 546 axis.
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Old 02-04-2020, 01:06 PM   #40
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Room for Error: Extend any potion of this line E,W,S, or N 20-40 miles to please the masses

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Old 02-04-2020, 01:17 PM   #41
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I don't know where they got that, but it's false. Axis deer in India live in wet, tropical forests. Yes, they've adapted well to the Edwards Plateau, but it really doesn't resemble where they're from.
Exactly. They are all over the Hill Country because that's where all the high fence ranches with exotics started, and they've escaped here and there for a few decades. Same thing is happening in other parts of the state now. In a couple decades, they'll likely be widespread over most of the state. Saw one dead on the side of the road just outside Abilene the other day.
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Old 02-04-2020, 01:21 PM   #42
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we hunt in Kendall county and regularly see groups of 50 plus
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Old 02-04-2020, 01:27 PM   #43
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I've seen axis in Tom Green also. Free range axis.
I saw some free range in southern Coke County this year along with talking to someone that had them on their place free range in Tennyson, I kind of hope they turn up at our lease sometime.
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Old 02-04-2020, 02:06 PM   #44
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in Edwards county my axis outnumber the whitetail 3 to 1
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Old 02-04-2020, 02:21 PM   #45
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I saw a doe Sunday with 5 fawns. Now, there may have been another doe somewhere nearby, but that would still mean one had twins and the other triplets. They are outbreeding whitetails.
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:43 PM   #46
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Works for me
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:35 PM   #47
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I am in Coleman County and had a few Axis doe on camera last season.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:36 PM   #48
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Some outside Angelo heading towards Bronte. Always see 2-3 dead a year on the side of the road.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:56 PM   #49
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Any around Bronte?
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:02 PM   #50
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Gillespie county is trying to eradicate them if that tells you anything.
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