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Old 12-04-2022, 09:35 AM   #1
Justin Spies
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For the last several years my family and I have been fortunate to go hunt a beautiful place in Menard County on the SanSaba River with Droptine3030. This hunt is primarily a whitetail
hunt for us, but with it being on the river exotics do come through. In years passed we have taken some axis does for the meat, and I have encountered some bulls out of bow range.

My limited experience with axis has proved to me that theyíre are sporadic to pattern and skid-dish when you do encounter them. The majority of the time when I have seen them on the ranch itís too late because they have already seen us!

I personally have gotten to a point where I donít rifle hunt much anymore. If I am in a rifle blind it is to guide my six year old. Well a little before this trip Nathan got some pictures of what I imagine as the ideal axis buck. With this in mind I opted to bring my rifle with me to the blind when I sat with my son.

In the years I have known Nathan I havenít known of him wanting to hunt anything on the ranch, but he did try some to get on this particular axis bull with no success.

Our first afternoon, Easton and I went and hunted a blind at the black of the ranch where Nathan had not hunted for the bull. At 5:25 an axis doe came out of the brush. My son asked if he could shoot her, but I had a feeling we better wait. It wasnít much longer I looked up to see what looked like a goal post heading towards her.

Like I said I donít rifle hunt much because it doesnít do it for me like bowhunting, but when this thing stepped out at 140 yards I got the shakes that make us all do it!

It took awhile to get a good angle on him, and I still never really calmed down, but I managed to make it happen and I am coming back to East Texas with some excellent meat, and a taxidermy bill!

Heís actually bigger than we thought. His long side is 37Ē on the nose and the shorter side is broke off and is still 36-1/8Ē. He got the classic barrel shape that I love as well!

Thanks again Nathan, we have made countless memories on this ranch with you and I hope you will have us back again!!







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Old 12-04-2022, 09:39 AM   #2
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Congrats! Great buck
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:44 AM   #3
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Wow! 37" and 36"? Nice Axis!
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:51 AM   #4
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Awesome deer!
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:51 AM   #5
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Congrats again on the giant Axis.

Give ole Nathan a hard time for me.
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:57 AM   #6
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Congrats. That’s a stud!!!
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:02 AM   #7
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Awesome. Congrats
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:05 AM   #8
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Nice congrats!
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:37 AM   #9
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Stud Axis. Congrats on an overall phenomenal hunting season.
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:41 AM   #10
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Congrats!
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:57 AM   #11
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My goodness your taxi bill this year is going to be a large one!!! Congrats on one more excellent animal!!
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:28 AM   #12
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Awesome axis ! By the look On his face , you might want to make sure you send him a Christmas card attached to a new can am.
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:32 AM   #13
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A fine Axis!
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:34 AM   #14
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What an awesome axis! That’s def an incredible animal. Lots of folks hunt for a long time and never kill one that good.
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:36 AM   #15
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Oh yeah he's a purty one. Congratulations.!

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Old 12-04-2022, 11:40 AM   #16
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Congratulations again buddy!
Phenomenal Axis!! Phenomenal year!
Well deserved!
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:43 AM   #17
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Very nice, congrats
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:44 AM   #18
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Stud
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:48 AM   #19
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Beauty of a buck
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:50 AM   #20
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Great buck!! Free range?

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Old 12-04-2022, 11:58 AM   #21
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Awesome critter!
Good skilling MrSpies.
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Old 12-04-2022, 12:44 PM   #22
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Great buck!! Free range?

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Old 12-04-2022, 12:57 PM   #23
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Man thatís a stud of an axis. Congratulations!
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Old 12-04-2022, 01:01 PM   #24
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A beaut of axis buck. Congrats.
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Old 12-04-2022, 01:37 PM   #25
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Thatís a stud of an axis buck!!!!!

Congrats!

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Old 12-04-2022, 01:41 PM   #26
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Thatís an awesome buck!! The more I look at it the bigger he gets!!! What a stud


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Old 12-04-2022, 03:25 PM   #27
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Nice! Congrats!
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Old 12-04-2022, 03:32 PM   #28
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Monster, congrats!
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Old 12-04-2022, 05:21 PM   #29
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Congrats!!!!
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:48 AM   #30
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Congratulations!
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:52 AM   #31
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Nice!
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Old 12-05-2022, 11:54 AM   #32
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congratulations! that's awesome
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Old 12-05-2022, 01:41 PM   #33
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Congrats, great Axis!
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Old 12-05-2022, 01:48 PM   #34
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what a toad! Congrats
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:00 PM   #35
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What a STUD AXIS
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:01 PM   #36
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Heck yeah, Congrats!
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:54 PM   #37
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That’s a whopper. Congrats.
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Old 12-05-2022, 06:15 PM   #38
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So cool. Congrats!
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Old 12-05-2022, 06:23 PM   #39
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Fine Animal sir Fine Animal ��
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Old 12-05-2022, 06:26 PM   #40
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Wow--what a thrill and an awesome axis! Congrats!
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Old 12-05-2022, 10:16 PM   #41
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Congratulations, that is an outstanding buck. Nice shooting.
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Old 12-06-2022, 03:26 AM   #42
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Very nice congratulations!
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:23 AM   #43
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What a beautiful animal. Congrats.
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:34 AM   #44
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Very nice Axis, congrats.
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:05 AM   #45
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Congrats!!
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:10 AM   #46
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Congrats on a great one!
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:15 AM   #47
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37" is getting up there. Congrats on a big one
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:26 AM   #48
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Pretty impressive. Congrats
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:29 AM   #49
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Word..Congrats
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Old 12-06-2022, 09:59 AM   #50
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Congrats. I can't wait until they re-populate our section NW of Menard.
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