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Old 12-08-2021, 09:45 AM   #1
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I've been invited to go hunt axis in the Rocksprings for the chance to get a "cull" or "management" axis buck with a bow or gun.

For you axis hunters out there, what is a cull or management buck to you??? Got any pics to help me?

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Old 12-08-2021, 09:49 AM   #2
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Be pretty hard to judge that for us right now. We arenít shooting any axis bucks until they grow their next set of horns. All of our bucks that were in velvet in February had damage to their horns.

A full grown, mature axis looks like an absolute tank. Their belly line will be virtually straight from their elbows to their knees. A ďcullĒ for us is a fully mature buck that has weak caudles or brow tines or doesnít grow one or the other at all. The ranch youíre on may have different standards.


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Old 12-08-2021, 09:51 AM   #3
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I am seeing most of the axis in our area have "nubbs" for antlers this year. We've got some huge bodied deer with essentially no antlers.
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Old 12-08-2021, 09:54 AM   #4
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This is a cull on my place...

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Old 12-08-2021, 10:01 AM   #5
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here is a good example of some axis culls.
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:02 AM   #6
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This is a cull on my place...

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did he grow them like that or are they broken from fighting? a lot of mine will have broken antlers by the end of the rut
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Old 12-08-2021, 12:01 PM   #7
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did he grow them like that or are they broken from fighting? a lot of mine will have broken antlers by the end of the rut
Grown...that's right before he shed velvet. Basically a giant spike with nubs for bows and cuddle tines

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Old 12-08-2021, 12:04 PM   #8
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Can I come shoot a cull?
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Old 12-08-2021, 12:25 PM   #9
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If the herd is getting big then it is usually small bucks (less than 2yrs) and does. If they are managing for long wide Axis then those that are tall and narrow. older ones with short caudals.
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Old 12-08-2021, 01:03 PM   #10
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Can I come shoot a cull?
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Old 12-08-2021, 01:10 PM   #11
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Id let them tell you what they want shot vs left.
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Old 12-08-2021, 01:39 PM   #12
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Here is my big cull axis. I love hunting big cull axis they are pretty cool

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Old 12-08-2021, 03:54 PM   #13
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Good info, thanks guys
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Old 12-08-2021, 04:07 PM   #14
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Hopefully not hijacking thread. Do they have classifications for axis?
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Old 12-09-2021, 02:55 PM   #15
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It can be very hard to judge age on axis sometimes. It’s crazy to me how old some free ranging axis are. I hunt in Kimble/Menard and the mature bucks I see are usually on camera at night. I guess they are old for a reason. I would consider culls to be less than 30 inches with short caudals/narrow. We don’t shoot any axis that are not trophy’s since we want the population to increase.

I really wish there was a in depth study on their population in the hill country since the winter freeze. I’m amazed at how their population has increased (prior to the freeze) since they have no restrictions and everyone wants to shoot them or trap them. I enjoy hunting/watching them more than whitetail. That’s my opinion on them.
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Old 12-28-2021, 07:04 AM   #16
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Take out the ones with spots. Youíll thank me when eating it .
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Old 12-28-2021, 07:58 AM   #17
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Hereís a few.


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Old 12-29-2021, 07:30 AM   #18
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Shot this right outside Rocksprings
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Old 12-29-2021, 03:16 PM   #19
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Shot this right outside Rocksprings
Thats just dang cool!
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Old 12-29-2021, 03:41 PM   #20
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Shot this right outside Rocksprings
Thatís the coolest and ugliest axis Iíve ever seen.
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Old 12-29-2021, 03:56 PM   #21
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Shot this right outside Rocksprings

Must have been dang hot that year. His antlers melted on his head.

Thatís wild though. Never seen anything remotely close to that on any of ours.

A lot of our Axis dropped horns and are in velvet currently. Hoping we donít have another ďeventĒ again and we can have trophy axis to harvest in a few months.


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