Tuesday, July 13, 2010
My Axis Buck
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.