Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Axis Buck

Nearly 18 months ago, I was fortunate enough to kill a trophy axis deer. I'm not the kind of hunter that lusts after big racks (deer anyhow), but I knew as soon as this animal was on the ground that I'd have to have him mounted. And today, I'm certainly glad I did.

I picked him up over the weekend during a quick family trip to Dallas (thanks Dad & Mom!) and last night, Mrs. Scampwalker helped me hang him on the chimney over the fireplace mantle.  (Yes, I am married to a saint for allowing a critter to inhabit such a prominent spot in the Casa Scampwalker.)  I think you'll agree the taxidermy job was spectacular. They're unique animals, and I'm glad I paid a few extra bucks to get the full shoulder mount that shows off his spotted markings.

If you look closely, you'll also see that he was in the process of shedding his velvet when he met the business end of a 7mm-08 bullet. I shot the deer in March -- but before anyone freaks out, bear in mind that there is no season on axis deer in Texas.  They're considered an exotic species, even though they run free on many ranches throughout Texas. Even more interesting is that Axis apparently don't rut during any particular season -- fully antlered bucks can be seen standing alongside mature male deer with no headgear at all, at any time of the year.

While the venison he provided is long gone, it's satisfying to me that I can immortalize this beautiful animal in perpetuity.


  1. Most excellent! Congratulations.

    exotic hunting, PBR, BBQ contests, awesome photos, GSP's, and a healthy appetite for bird hunting.... count me in.

  2. Great headgear! You must be delighted

  3. Hey Silk Line... thanks for stopping by... both you and SBW are added to the blogroll.

  4. Wow, nice animal and a beautiful mount. Never hunted axis deer...

  5. Hello Scampwalker,

    I must admit that I've never been one for the stuffing of animals (the tales of Welshmen and sheep are slightly exaggerated!) and displaying them as a mark of a hunter's prowess, but this case is the exception. The work has obviously been done thoughtfully and to very high standard, coupled to the fact that the animal was slain for its meat which is always the best reason for taking a life, I think that the showing of this buck in this manner does him honour.
    As usual your post is interesting and informative, an excellent combination, and I look forward to many more tales from your hand.

    Best regards,