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Old 03-14-2019, 01:46 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Attracting axis

Just wondering what yíall do to bring axis in regularly. I have a hunt coming up pretty soon and I just want to know what can be done to draw them in regularly and keep them there
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:47 AM   #2
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I’ve got bales of alfalfa out and they seem to like that
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:55 AM   #3
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We never have them come in to feeders, i always spot and stalk for axis

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Old 03-14-2019, 06:49 AM   #4
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They will sometimes get on the feeder pattern thing for a bit, but they certainly can’t be relied on to show up like whitetails do. Alfalfa is a great draw, but I’ve seen them turn their nose up to it all too often if there’s green grass to graze on. Being grazers, they are nomadic, much like cattle. If it’s dry and there’s a good water source nearby, sit on that and see what happens.

Good luck and let us know how ya do.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:44 AM   #5
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has anyone tried these? I just ordered one to try it out, I had been thinking about it and this thread reminded me

http://www.axisdeercaller.com/
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:53 AM   #6
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I have one but I haven’t tried it yet.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:55 AM   #7
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Just has been a steady stream of corn and a few bales of alfalfa to keep them coming.
We know they prefer the grass, but when that is not available the corn and aromatic hays bring them in.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:59 AM   #8
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I have one but I havenít tried it yet.

If it arrives in time, I will try it when I go turkey hunting
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:19 AM   #9
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Sweet feed. Seems like they can smell it from a good ways off.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:42 AM   #10
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I know for a fact they love roasted soy beans.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:48 AM   #11
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Have they migrated to the Brownwood area yet?
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:11 AM   #12
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I have been waiting for a Axis call. Hope it works
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:21 AM   #13
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I have an Ez Axis but haven’t used it in the woods yet. Tip- when you blow out/break the latex on the call, pull that piece out and turn it around. The guy built a second reed on the backside that can be used as a replacement, it’s just not advertised about.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:26 AM   #14
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Iíve got bales of alfalfa out and they seem to like that
This right here....
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:04 AM   #15
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I have one but I havenít tried it yet.
Works great for me on my place
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:46 AM   #16
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Axis love cottonseed. I know a ranch that has them regularly come into the cottonseed feeders.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:49 AM   #17
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Sweet feed. Seems like they can smell it from a good ways off.
This is what we use.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:04 PM   #18
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+1 on the alfalfa and cottonseed
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:07 PM   #19
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has anyone tried these? I just ordered one to try it out, I had been thinking about it and this thread reminded me

http://www.axisdeercaller.com/
Yes, blow that thing and it will ruin a white-tail hunt. I have gotten the thing to sound like the videos but have never had an Axis come into the call. All that is left is to use it while Axis are around and see how they respond.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:56 PM   #20
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:02 PM   #21
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Sweet Feed!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:24 PM   #22
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Never heard that one before! I have access to plenty of bamboo. Please tell more!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:51 PM   #23
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Have they migrated to the Brownwood area yet?
Not yet.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:58 PM   #24
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sweet feed!
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:43 PM   #25
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Hoochie mama elk call works great
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:59 PM   #26
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I put out alfalfa in a covered trough with sweet feed and corn. in the same pen I have cotton seed a timed corn feeder and a 700 gallon water tank.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:38 AM   #27
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alfalfa & Chaffhaye
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:59 AM   #28
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Hoochie mama elk call works great
I have heard this as well. I will give it a shot during the next work weekend. I will also re-try the ez axis caller during the summer months. To add to my earlier post, for some reason the easy axis caller scares the deer real bad (It may also scare your hunting buddies if you blow it after dark). I typically have 10-40 deer out during a sit in Junction. I have shot a deer before and only a few scattered. I blew that dang call and they all hauled butt, thinking Bigfoot was coming in for lunch, and I did not see anything the rest of the sit.

The little beeper did not have the same impact on deer, but I did not see any Axis come in either.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:07 AM   #29
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Iíve got bales of alfalfa out and they seem to like that
Yeah they really like alfalfa even when there is corn out.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:07 AM   #30
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I have a friend with a small plot (20 acres) bordering a large ranch in Real county. He dumps 50-100 lbs corn and busts open a bale of alfalfa. He gets 30+ axis about 100 yards from the house every morning and evening around
October and they move off after green up in the spring to eat native browse
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:23 AM   #31
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How do you feed the chaffehaye? Just on the ground?

Iíve been interspersing it with alfalfa in my gravity hay feeder which takes animals about 1 month to empty. Heard that chaffehaye goes bad after a few days when exposed to air didnít know if the deer wouldnít eat it after that or may turn them away from eating regular alfalfa.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:31 AM   #32
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How do you feed the chaffehaye? Just on the ground?

Iíve been interspersing it with alfalfa in my gravity hay feeder which takes animals about 1 month to empty. Heard that chaffehaye goes bad after a few days when exposed to air didnít know if the deer wouldnít eat it after that or may turn them away from eating regular alfalfa.
I can only go by my experience...

put out near corn feeders with alfalfa bales...

chaffehaye busted up on the ground.
we had WT & axis hit it hard.
a 50# bag was gone in about 3-4 days, so I can't speak on the effects of long term exposure.

I hunted both with & without chaffehaye:
days with chaffehaye out, I saw axis RUN straight to it...
days without chaffehaye out, they came in, but not in the same numbers or urgency...

so for ME, I am 1000% sold on chaffehaye for pulling in axis...
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #33
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alfalfa brings them in for us in Utopia
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:48 AM   #34
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I use a timed protein feeder and corn feeders. I have the timed protein feeder open just for a little while in the morning. This gets them coming to the feeder in the morning when I bow hunt during the summer.
Used free choice peas one year but they knocked them out in no time. Can't afford to feed them free choice protein or peas. Might try putting peas in with the protein this year.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:48 PM   #35
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I've tried them all, but to answer your question about what brings them in regularly? Plain old Lyssy and Eckel Exotic Breeder 16%. On a timer, 1 second in the morning, 1 second in the afternoon. Gotta make them work for it if you expect them to mind.
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:50 PM   #36
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the exy axis call works. practice makes perfect... and using in an open area helps so u can see them coming...
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:37 PM   #37
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has anyone tried these? I just ordered one to try it out, I had been thinking about it and this thread reminded me

http://www.axisdeercaller.com/
it works! both do...
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