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Exotic Axis Deer: Featured Wildlife

Exotic Axis Deer

What are Exotic Axis Deer?

Originating from India, Exotic Axis Deer were introduced to various parts of the world, including Texas and Hawaii, for hunting and conservation purposes. These deer are known for their striking appearance, with beautiful spotted coats and impressive antlers. These exotic creatures are becoming increasingly popular as featured wildlife species.

Characteristics of Axis Deer

Axis deer are recognized for their distinct characteristics. They have short tails, dark stripes, and spotted markings. These exotic species feed on sedges, bark, and a variety of plants. Matriarchal herds are formed, with adult females leading the group. They are commonly found in open lowland habitats.

Axis deer, also known as chital, boast a body length ranging from 3 to 4.5 feet. Their antlers come in varying lengths and tines. Male axis deer, called bucks, possess impressive trophy antlers. These majestic creatures are easily recognizable due to their distinctive markings, including white spots.

Height Female: 26 to 33 inches, Male: 29 to 39.5 inches
Length ~ 5ft 7in
Weight Female: 90 to 150 lbs, Male 150 to 250 lbs
Color Orange coat with white spots
Lifespan 9 – 13 years
Country of Origin India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Habitat Fields near wooded or sheltered areas, open areas during warm periods of the day, but are primarily active at dusk or dawn 
Diet Grasses such as paspalum, switchgrass, and little bluestem
Fence Requirement 8 ft minimum height
Suggested Fence Pattern 2096-6, 2096-3

Brief History of Axis Deer

Axis deer, indigenous to Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India, have an extensive history. They can now be found in numerous countries such as the United States, Australia, and Germany. They have established populations and are even considered invasive in some regions, impacting native flora and fauna. As such, high-fence axis deer hunts in Texas and Texas Hill Country have gained popularity. With a stable population, axis deer are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List.

Behavior Patterns

Axis deer herds follow a matriarchal hierarchy. During the mating season, male axis deer demonstrate aggressive displays to establish dominance. Vocalizations, such as low grunts, are used by these deer to communicate with each other. They exhibit spacing behavior, maintaining a certain distance between individuals. Additionally, they are adaptive and can adjust their habitat use based on environmental conditions.

Exotic Axis Deer and FawnReproduction and Lifespan

Axis deer have a gestation period of 7 to 8 months, resulting in the birth of a fawn. The fawn, camouflaged and reliant on its mother, reaches maturity at 1.5 to 2 years. In captivity, their lifespan is 15 to 20 years, while wild axis deer have a shorter lifespan. Conservation efforts benefit from understanding axis deer reproduction dynamics.

Experience Trophy Axis Deer Hunts Right Here In Texas

Texas offers an unforgettable trophy axis deer hunting experience, one that hunters from all over the world love to experience. The exotic axis deer is a beautiful animal that is famous for its unique trophy rack. Texas has several private ranches where trophy axis deer hunts are conducted throughout the year. These ranches also offer comfortable accommodations and professional guides who will help you make the most of your hunting experience. Whether you are a seasoned hunter or it’s your first time, the trophy axis deer hunt in Texas is an adventure worth experiencing!

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