Axis deer are native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and were brought into Texas and Hawaii in the 1800s as a game animal and meat source for European settlers. Their numbers have exploded across both states, and they now provide a target-rich, exciting summer hunt. These deer breed year-round, like cattle, but the peak of the rut tends to run across June and July. You’ll see hard-horned Axis bucks breeding does and rag horns shedding velvet all in the same herd. Bucks have 3x3 antlers whose main beams can grow to 30-inches or more. But the real trophy is the meat.