In the wild, axis males in rutting condition and with hardened antlers can be found throughout the year. Every buck can have a reproductive cycle of its own which may not be at the same time as other bucks in the herd. Therefore, when some bucks have hardened antlers, others are still in velvet, or with no antlers. The major breeding season lasts from late spring through late summer with June-July having the most activity.
Axis deer, or Chital (cheetal), are native to India. Their bodies are a rust/gold color and completely covered in white spots. The underbelly, rump, throat, ears, and tail are all white. A noticeable black stripe runs along the spine. Either of the antlers has at least three points on it. The brow tine is roughly perpendicular to the beam. The antlers, which shed annually, can reach up to 36-38 inches long. Some possibly longer.
Axis is known to be some of the best tasting venison, which is a big incentive for many hunters.
In 1932, axis deer were introduced to Texas and in 1988, established herds were found in several southern Texas counties. The deer mostly inhabit the Edwards Plateau, where the landscape resembles their native habitat in India.
Martin Hollow Outfitters is located in Sutton County, which is centrally located on the Edwards Plateau.
BLACK BUCK & RAMS
Black buck are part of the antelope family. They have a distinct two tone coloration, with dark backs and white underbellies. When they are mature, males change from brown to black.
Our rams are a mix of muflon and barbado, which are a subspecies of wild sheep.Mouflon have red-brown, short-haired coats with dark back-stripes and light-colored saddle patchesThe horns of mature rams are curved in almost one full revolution (up to 85 cm).
RIO GRANDE TURKEY
Sutton County is known to have the biggest Rio Grande turkey roost in Texas.