My HUGE free range axis buck! Story+Pictures
Well heres the story:
After a week off planning my bestfriend (Brian), his girlfriend, my girlfriend, and I were finally Westbound on IH-10 bound for our 56 acre place in Kerr County. So far our season had be super slow in terms of shooters. We had seen more deer than we could count but all young animals. Brian and I were up at the ranch the week before this trip and had placed several bales of alfalfa hay out. Well I told Brian I was going to place a bale in the middle of the pasture thats in front of the house so we could look out he window and see what was there throughout the day. After arriving at the ranch and unpacking the girls decided they were tired and wanted to stay at the house watch tv and hangout. My girlfriend is an avid hunter so I was suprised at this but I used it as an oppurnuity to hunt my bow blind which had a large 10pt hanging out around. After climbing in my blind I immediately realized I was under dressed. The temp was in the low 40's and dropping fast. I tried to tough it out till dark but, my shivering made my tripod sound like a machine shop so I decided to get out and walk back to the house and get ready to cook dinner for everyone. When I got back to the house, the girls told me they saw 8 axis does and 3 whitetail at the hay bale in the pasture but they ran off when I walked up. After hearing this I grabbed a rifle and went downstairs and sat by where we usually have our campfires. At dark I looked out and saw a large body animal at the hay bale which is 180 yards from camp. One look through my scope was all it took to realize he was a shooter. I steady my rifle on a camp chair and took my shot. I watched him run behind a hill and disappear and thats when the doubt set in. My girlfriend heard the shot and came down stairs and by the look on my face I think she knew it was a big one. I told her I wasnt sure and thought maybe I rushed my shot and wanted to go look. She told me no your not going to go bump the deer and reassured me my shot was perfect. She sat me down handed me a cold Coors Light and said we are waiting at least 15 minutes before you can go down there. After fifteen minutes of waiting my bestfriend, my girlfriend, and I walked up on the biggest axis buck I have ever set eyes on and I lost it. I couldnt talk all I could do was hug them and look at the deer. After regaining my composer it took everything we had to load him in the truck and get him to camp. I will never forget this memory as I was with the best people a guy could ever ask to have in his life.