axis deer


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Related to axis deer: Chital Deer, Spotted deer

axis deer

n.
A large deer (Axis axis) native to South Asia, having a brown coat with white spots. Also called chital.

[Latin axis, a kind of spotted Indian quadruped mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Historia naturalis.]
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The Brady Ranch offers the largest free-ranging axis deer herd in North America with trophy bucks common; plus fallow, red and sika deer, blackbuck antelope, water buffalo, Osceola turkey and whitetail deer.
Axis deer hunts on Lanai run from late February through March.
Blacktail deer or axis deer inhabit Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and Maui.
I'd been hunting axis deer on the Hawaiian island of Lanai for most of a week in which the wind blew incessantly; howling trades that set the powdered red soils of Lanai swirling and flying so that after several days my camo clothes and leather boots had turned completely red and my eyes were crusted and blinking constantly from the fine ocher dust.
But a glance toward the blue Pacific below and the kiawe-and grass-covered slopes above verified I was a million miles from the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore; I was hunting axis deer on Molokai.
In Hawaii, I know of a hunting area just this size that holds axis deer, and I'll give you a dollar for every deer (not actually) you can see in the chest-high grass there on a typical day's hunt.
The text also describes hunting for South Pacific antlered game, including red deer, axis deer, and sambar, with a bonus chapter on whitetail deer on New Zealand's remote Stewart Island.
Axis deer abound on Lanai, and there are a number of public hunting opportunities, along with ranch hunts.
So, I won't be seeing my friends, island residents and fellow archers Steve Gelakoski, Jeff Grundhauser or David Kahoe, unless I can break away in May or June to hunt for axis deer.
And a new addition to my spring hunting ritual last year was the spotted axis deer.
The game harvested on the ranch ranges from sika, whitetailed and axis deer to buffalo.