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    Posted: April/11/2013 at 12:33

I had the amazing opportunity to go on an Axis hunt in the Texas Hill Country at the beginning of April.  This has been a highly anticipated trip for me, that despite my quite nature, I was imploding to get out and hunt such a majestic animal.

Prior to the hunt, I had to do some fine tuning to the rifle. The rifle is a Browning A-Bolt .300 Winchester Magnum with the Boss muzzle brake system that I didn’t quite understand until I spoke with Ted (Rifledude). After learning how the system works, I quickly discovered exactly what he was talking about.

The trip was fantastic overall. Friday morning CF II and I pack up, fuel up, grab some necessary road worthy essentials and head out so we can make it in time for the Friday evening hunt.

 

When we arrived the guide was not present and we waited on the front porch until he came back.

He was there the entire time, but was guiding his father on his hunt from this morning.

Once the guide arrived we were quickly greeted by Jason Wallace of Alpha Outfitters.  He showed us around the “Lodge” and moved our stuff to our resting place for the evening.

 

After we got everything put away in our room, we loaded up to head over to what is known as the “Photography Blind”.

 

By this time it is about 4:45-5:00 PM and we begin to see movement.

 
 

The feeder wasn’t more than 120 yards away from us and we could see the timid Audad ready to rush in the moment the dinner bell began to ring.

All of a sudden the feeder starts to throw, and the guide wasn’t bashful with the corn. This thing must has run for at least thirty seconds.

 

After a while of not seeing anything of taking a shot on the first night, darkness was falling on us.

 

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Fantastic! SUPER nice axis, Sky! Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us! Good "through the optic" pics too!

Is that place located near Rock Springs?


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Ted it sure was.
 
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Nice.  Sounds like you have a blast!
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Dan I said we were waiting on the pigs to come. No telling how many would show up.
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Those are some amazing pics. Glad you guys had an awesome outing. Man i miss Texas. Always damn deployed to take advantage of the hunting down there when i was stationed in Texas/Arkansas.
 
 
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Paul, am I mistaken, or did you say you were considering moving here (TX) in the near future?

If so, if there's anything I can do to help you in that regard, let me know.
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Nice pics.  Axis is very good eat'in, much better than white tail meat.

I applaud your use of a 300WM, it kills stuff extra dead.

Turkeys looked to be in need of killing as well, gotta keep the population in check.

South Texas is indeed a great place to hunt, sorry no piggies wandered into your line of fire.  When they do, a 30-rounder is definitely a good thing.

From the wildlife/terrain/topography, it looks allot like the Sonora area.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Paul, am I mistaken, or did you say you were considering moving here (TX) in the near future?

If so, if there's anything I can do to help you in that regard, let me know.
 
Thanks so much Ted. I'm keeping my eye open on two of our terminal locations near Lancaster and Fort Worth for job openings. Nothing set in stone, but the wife and I agree, given that we do have some family down there already and a few friends, that Texas is the best bet if we do consider a big move.
 
I'll keep everyone posted if something does materialize.
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Paul I'd be more than happy to have you here.
 
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OUTSTANDING!!! Excellent
Made my day just reading it and viewing the pictures! 
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Unbelievable how good the shots thru the range finder turned out. Congratulations on a spectacular hunt. (Turning Green)
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Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:

Dan I said we were waiting on the pigs to come. No telling how many would show up.

I was being facetious...

CFII looks "ready"...
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Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:

Dan I said we were waiting on the pigs to come. No telling how many would show up.

I was being facetious...

CFII looks "ready"...
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Nice!!!!! Looks like a fun trip.

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   Excellent!!   CONGRATS,Skylar.
 
  Excellent photos and story.
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Fantastic Skylar man I'm jealous, the Axis buck are stunning looking animals. Great pics they really help to show us your experience.
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We already spoke but congrats again Skylar!!!  Excellent
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Mike our conversaion over the phone doesn't give the pictures justice.
 
I put all of them on Facebook, but I just did the highlight reel here.
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Still great stuff my friend!!  Big Smile
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Congrats Skylar. Great hunt, great pics, great write-up. Excellent
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There was only TWENTY-FIVE rounds in it thank you very much! Well 24, since I expended a rather epensive match grade round on a jack rabbit. Hammer
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You're safe then...

 
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