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Old 07-30-2021, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Attracting Axis?

We hunt a place that is on the edge of a part of the hill country where there are axis. According to the neighbor, they've only seen one in 20 years, but there are populations within 5-10 miles.

What can be done to get them to come over and visit lol? Alternatively, what can be done to increase the chances of seeing one in an area with limited population?
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Old 07-30-2021, 03:36 PM   #2
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Protein and sweet feed. (horse and mule) worked for us up above Boerne.
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Old 07-30-2021, 03:38 PM   #3
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All stock pellets from tractor supply. It’s a 12% protein sweet pellet
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:05 PM   #4
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We have been running 1/2 protein 1/2 corn in our feeders the last two seasons, but don't feed year round.
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:06 PM   #5
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Axis move around a lot. There’s exceptions but normally they don’t pattern as well as whitetail.
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:06 PM   #6
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Chaffa hay (spelling)
Or alpha hay

Water would also be a key ingredient.
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:31 PM   #7
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Water and pellets or sweet feed. They love corn of course, but will stand in line for sweet feed.
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:45 PM   #8
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If you have water sources and don’t graze your property too hard. They should make their way to your area. In my experience they are sensitive to pressure.
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:48 PM   #9
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Maybe the lack of water is relevant.
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Old 07-30-2021, 05:39 PM   #10
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We had them less than 500 yds away from our home in Fredericksburg and tried Everything for 11 yrs . They just wouldn’t cross a valley!
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:18 PM   #11
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Water, alfalfa, and low pressure.
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:29 PM   #12
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Axis are pretty interesting. My in-laws have a few acres mostly consisting of hillside. Down low by the house you rarely see axis. But less than a mile down the road the fields are full every night. I decided to place trail cam up on top of the hill and wouldn’t you know the axis regularly pass thru up there but wouldn’t go down the hill 75 yards to the house/feeder area.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:28 PM   #13
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They stick to cover during the day and browse at night. Often grouping up into large herds.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:34 PM   #14
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Old 07-31-2021, 04:15 AM   #15
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Buy an Axis doe.




They also love Alfalfa, rice bran, all stock sweet feed.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:24 AM   #16
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I know they like roasted soybeans. Might try putting some out.


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Old 08-01-2021, 12:44 PM   #17
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Don't forget the frost killed a good number of Axis. So I'd bet there is less of them. In the spot I hunt Axis in Kerrville there used to be dozens of Axis. 3:1 whitetail. Now that number has reversed. Much more whitetail. The buck I shot a few weeks ago had damaged antlers from the frost. Black, like frost burnt. They like green. Alfalfa and chaffhaye.
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Old 08-01-2021, 12:54 PM   #18
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Purchased 10 bags of that chafaye but our axis in RS ran from it! The WT liked it but only the immature bucks.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:05 PM   #19
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Chafaye is a waste of time on Axis. Regular ole alfalfa, protein and cottonseed work best.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:14 PM   #20
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Chafaye is a waste of time on Axis. Regular ole alfalfa, protein and cottonseed work best.



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Old 08-01-2021, 10:08 PM   #21
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My place in Uvalde has axis less then half a mile from our gate. I can not get them to our place. Our terrain changes In elevation and is a lot more rocky from where we see them. Alfalfa and chafe have both failed me so far.


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Old 08-01-2021, 10:15 PM   #22
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We hunt a place that is on the edge of a part of the hill country where there are axis. According to the neighbor, they've only seen one in 20 years, but there are populations within 5-10 miles.

What can be done to get them to come over and visit lol? Alternatively, what can be done to increase the chances of seeing one in an area with limited population?
Move 5-10 miles from where you are?
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:29 AM   #23
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Purchased 10 bags of that chafaye but our axis in RS ran from it! The WT liked it but only the immature bucks.
So funny as my Axis in RA will put me in the poor house eating chafaye hay.

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Old 08-02-2021, 12:48 AM   #24
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Maybe the lack of water is relevant.
This is #1. Axis like/need water. A river or creek is awesome, but good stock tanks or water troughs that are never dry are equally good.

Grass is #2. They like good green grass. Some herds will hit corn or protein, but I've hunted places loaded with axis that wouldn't hit a feeder more than once every few weeks. They love acorns, so oak trees help too.

Sweet feed, chaffhay, and alfalfa are all the best attractants, but you can't buy enough of that stuff to get axis to move into your place if they're not already there or very close. 5-10 miles is a long way.
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:46 AM   #25
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#1 - WATER
#2 - Alfalfa
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Old 08-02-2021, 09:04 AM   #26
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I don’t think there is any feed that an Axis is going to find from 10 miles away. Time is your best bet. Eventually maybe they will come close enough to lure them in.
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