I've gone after free-range axis deer a few times, and they present a challenging hunt. Like all big-game, and especially exotics, you can sit and wait for one to come to you, but they are ideal candidates for spot-and-stalk tactics. My first stag came on a hunt in South Texas where we were testing some new Winchester ammunition. For two days, my guide and I were repeatedly busted in the thick, thorny brush. It seemed the whole countryside stayed on high alert due to the distinctive warning bark axis deer make when alarmed. On the final morning, we caught this nice stag slipping to cover just before sunup. His attention was fixed on two smaller stags sparring, and that allowed us to close the distance in the dawn light.