Axis Deer have become one of the most desired of hunted species in Texas. Originally from India, these large deer have a reddish hide with white spots with long, gently curved, three-pronged antler tines averaging up to 35″. Besides the beautiful hide and horns, exotic game cooks continually seek unique ways to enjoy this delicious venison. Males at Rock Creek Ranch average 200 lbs. plus and horn length between 28-39″.
Axis deer have become one of the most desired of hunted species in Texas. Originally from India, axis were introduced to Texas in 1932, and are now found on many ranches throughout Texas. These large bodied deer have a reddish hide with white spots. Antlers are long, gently curved, lyre-shapped three-pronged antler tines averaging in excess of 36″. Besides the beautiful hide and horns, exotic game cooks continually seek unique ways to enjoy this delicious venison. Males at RCR average 200 pounds plus and horn length between 28-39″.
The axis deer, also know as the chital deer, cheetal, or spotted deer, were introduced at RCR about 20 years ago. The appearance of the coat is pinkish-fawn to a reddish color,
marked with white spots, and white underbody. The antlers, which it sheds annually, are usually three-pronged but there some may have more points. The males, can weigh in excess of 250 lbs. they are larger than the females but they can weigh in excess of 150 lbs. It should be noted weights can vary from each ranch depending on the land and animal Mangement Typical lifespan is up to 14 years. Axis are primarily grazers, however, they will also browse and eat forbs, and branches of trees.
Axis are most commonly in herds of 10 to 50 of both sexes. These animals have a protracted breeding season with birthing throughout the year. For this reason, males do not cycle their antlers at the same time and females are fertile at all times of the year. Males with hard antlers are dominant. Normally one fawn is birthed at a time, on rare occasions two.
The quality of axis meat is outstanding and hides can be manufactured into various ways such as pillows, seat covers and small rugs. Also, the antlers are magnificent to display, and are sought after for uses in furniture coverings and beautiful home accessories.