Axis Deer Hunt

Ever since I started hunting (which wasn’t too long ago), I guess I acquired a thing for exotics given that my first hunt took place in New Zealand and my second hunting experience was in South Africa.  So of course an Axis deer was on the top of my trophy list.

The first time I laid eyes on an Axis was in South Texas while I was hunting white tail.  It was such a beautiful creature; I would be honored to hunt one.  A year and a half later I found myself inland Florida having my go at it.

In the morning, we spotted one but it ran off quicker than it took for me to bring my gun up to my shoulder! I was starting to think, this was not going to be easy.  The guide told me how smart these Axis were on his property and they do not stick around for long if they do come out so I better be ready.  Also, controlling sent was very important.  Apparently, these Axis know exactly where the hunting stands are located on his property and if they come out to feed they will look up at the stand first to check it out so we implemented plan B, ground blind.  It was mid-afternoon, and we found a pretty well covered spot about 100 yards away from where we were expecting an Axis to come out.  Once seated, my guide covered me with fallen branches and brush to help hide me.  I felt like Rambo, camouflaged in the brush waiting to ambush what came my way.

Time passed slowly as I sat and waited as my leg was now dead asleep.  I was a little nervous because I didn’t have any type of shooting sticks or something to help keep me stable.  This was going to be my first time making a completely free hand shot while sitting and holding steady with just my elbows.  I personally will not take a shot unless I know I’m steady and zoned in on my target, plus I was wearing my lucky shirt so I wasn’t worried.

My Lucky Shirt

Then, out of nowhere, this beautiful creature prances around the corner and slowly works its way into my view.  I have to admit I was a little swift on the trigger because of what my guide told me, I didn’t want to miss my chance, especially if I had a clear shot! The second that Axis stepped out in front of me, it took my breath away, my heart started racing, adrenaline was flowing, and I had to work hard at steadying myself to make the shot.

I dropped the Axis in his tracks, and watched him fall straight to the ground through my scope (I didn’t take my eyes off him once). I was ecstatic, but I couldn’t help myself. You can watch my excitement and reaction from the video of my Axis hunt.

I definitely have the perfect spot in my house to show this trophy off!

About the Author

Larysa Switlyk

Larysa Switlyk is from Sarasota, Florida. Her goals include following her passion for the outdoors, learning as much as possible about hunting and fishing, stressing the importance of regulations, becoming a role model to both men and women, and encouraging women to get more involved in outdoor sports.