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I've got a small ranch in South Texas (about 300 ac), and I know any deer I'd buy would likely get killed by the idiots down here, but I was wondering....

Let's say I had someone with an axis deer problem willing to round a dozen or so up for me. Could I stick 'em in a trailer and bring 'em to my place, and set 'em free? Are there any laws against something like that?

What are the odds of them surviving and staying in the general area of my ranch?
 

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Well, I know that up around Junction/ Rocksprings and probably other areas of the state, Axis deer are free-ranging. It had to start out somehow-- as these deer are not native to the states. I was just wondering how it started. If I could get a few down south, and somehow protect 'em for a few years- they'd multiply tremendously- then I'd just let 'em loose, there would be free ranging axis down here.

Swampus, how would you go about rounding some up? And how much per head would you want?

I know someone who just wants to get rid of a few dozen on his property so the whitetail can prosper. I think all I'll need is a trailer and gas.
 

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Good luck. It is always kind of neat to see Axis running free. There is no law against it, unfortunately there are poachers out there that cause the rate of survival to go down. There are sightings of Axis in the Boerne and Bandera areas too. My neice went to pee in the woods during a soccer game and came running back onto the soccer field with a fresh Axis antler shed yelling "Mom, look what I found!!" Go figure... we laughed until we were crying.
 

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We use a helicopter and net them w/ a 308 cal. pistol--cool! then we run up on 4 wheelers and hog tie them bad boys--thro them on back and go to the trailer--un tie them and put them in the trailer--some times have to cut the horns on the bucks so they dont hurt the others on the road! It is a blast--Audad-Red Sheep--fallow--Black Buck etc. all done the same--Wrangler City--it's Wild!--get some 100-135 a weekend when we can fly for herd reduction!

You can also hit some of the auctions and even get deliver--like Dominos! Ha!

You will need a secure pasture for them or it's a freebie for the neighbours--hard to get them back when they get out--just feed them real good so the know where their bread is buttered!

SWAMP!
 

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One thing to research a little; when we were on a lease in Real County, the Axis had kinda taken over, and the whitetails seemed to be going downhill. Maybe not that way everywhere, but we felt they hurt the "locals". This was a low fenced ranch w/ some high fence land in the area, so I would guess these were just escapees. TONS of escapees.

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I know from Junction to Boerne, and out to Rocksprings down to Uvalde there are free ranging Axis. I've seen 'em out at Medina Lake even. I think they will slowly populate most of Texas...tough animal.
 

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Swampus said:
We use a helicopter and net them w/ a 308 cal. pistol--cool! then we run up on 4 wheelers and hog tie them bad boys--thro them on back and go to the trailer--un tie them and put them in the trailer--some times have to cut the horns on the bucks so they dont hurt the others on the road! It is a blast--Audad-Red Sheep--fallow--Black Buck etc. all done the same--Wrangler City--it's Wild!--get some 100-135 a weekend when we can fly for herd reduction!

You can also hit some of the auctions and even get deliver--like Dominos! Ha!

You will need a secure pasture for them or it's a freebie for the neighbours--hard to get them back when they get out--just feed them real good so the know where their bread is buttered!

SWAMP!
That sounds like a freakin blast!!!!
That's alot of deer rounded up for a weekend.... what do you do with 'em???
 

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Eggbeater axis hunt sponsored by SWAMPAS?

Swamp somone posted this week "post your dream hunt",I think your eggbeater hunt has'm beat!
 

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there are already some free ranging exotics down south... I know of some seen on small low fence ranches along the nueces just outside of cotulla.
 

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We round up the extra animals and take them to the auctions like the YO etc.--have to keep the #s down on exotics so the whitetail do better w/ out too much comp. for food etc.--protien cost mucho $ every year.

It is a blast--have to find some of my viedo and post it!

My oldest son and I were unloading some 15 Blackbuck and a Non-Typ Axis Buck and you can get Hooked if not on ur game! Watch ur Lips!.......good times!
 

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When a Fallow Buck Bow's up at ya u better get on out of there--Fallow Love to Fight and can tear right thru fences and all to get to ya! If they do charge ya --better get on those horns and flip that bad boy on his back and get out of dodge!--Thats bull doggin! Been ther done that --got the shirt!--Watch ur lips!--a guy helpin' out got gored by an Axis in the stomach --ouch--stiches. and lucky!--he is alive.

We were moving some white tail out of 1 pasture to another--bout 25 were at the open gate--we-my oldest boys and there rambo friends--all had radios so as to close gaps circled around in a u--all were going fine as they followed the corn trail out the gate--we got within 75 yds. and my oldest radioed--"BUCK DOWN_BUCK DOWN!" He had the fence line to the right and a young 8pt busted down there--Sammy had grabbed that bad boy by the horns--one side comming off in his hand! Holdin' the other horn and on the bucks back on the ground dust flying and buck spittin' we rushed the gate and closed it and ran to him and Hog Tied that dude and let him out on the other side! Took viedo of that! Cool!--It's what a country boy does for fun! Ha! good times!

sorry for the hijack!
 

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Capturing deer is something every one should experience at least once. We do the TTT (trap, tag, transport) thing down south to get rid of excess does rather than shoot them all. Last time when we were done we decided to capture some hogs to put in a pen and feed out for grins, that was especially fun until our "gunner" got cute with us and netted about a 250# boar! It took 4 us to get him tied and restrained and even then he was throwing his head around trying to get us!!!!

As far as releasing exotics down south, good luck! We actually had a hunter shoot a dang nice fallow buck 2 years that we never have figured out where it came from? There is a ranch about 2 miles away with exotics under high fence??? Most south Texas trophy hunters will shoot the exotics on sight because they dont want them harming the whitetail population.
 
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