Fallow, Axis or Sika?

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  1. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    I’m looking at an exotic deer hunt.
    I’m looking at these 3 choices.
    From what I have heard.
    Axis is the best meat.
    Fallow and Sika are close behind.
    None of their antlers do anything for me, so I’m not interested in a “trophy”.
    Hell, I’m even looking at doe hunts for them as well.
    It’s a “different kind of deer to hunt and shoot” as much as it’s some new kind of table fare, plus the “seasons” on exotics don’t interfere with my whitetail hunting. :)

    Question is: Who has experience hunting or eating the above mentioned critters? :)
     
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  2. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Oh, and BTW, there’s pretty much gonna be a hog or two thrown in no matter what species I go after. :thumbs:
     
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  3. Ingramite

    Ingramite On The Lost Highway

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    Sep 16, 2018
    You will find all three here in the Texas Hill Country. My vote would be for Axis.
     
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  4. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Destination hunt or stateside?
     
  5. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Oklahoma hunt.
     
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  6. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Fallow would probably yield the most meat, otherwise I guess go Axis just to try it? The real answer here is that you're going to have to make a three year commitment and try em all.
     
  7. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    ^^^^^^
    My kinda answer. :thumbs:
     
  8. WoodrowAugustus

    WoodrowAugustus Well-Known Member

    753
    Jan 16, 2018
    I’ve eaten all three and far more Axis than the other two. Axis is in first place by a fair margin over Fallow. Don’t even consider shooting a Sika for the meat if the first two are an option.

    Axis meat is in the top of the upper tier for best available game animal meat in North America along side red stag, elk, caribou, moose, and nilgai. I realize half of those are exotic to NA, but the point remains Axis never fails to make the top spot or top three when you talk to people who’ve eaten lots of game meat.
     
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  9. 1911_Bandit

    1911_Bandit Batteries_included

    238
    Mar 5, 2020
    I am on board with the Axis doe meat as being the best. I can PM you the name of the guy I have hunted with since 2005, located in Junction, TX. Extremely reasonable pricing. He will put you on ANY animal that you want, including the hogs.
     
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  10. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Well, it looks like the wheel has stopped on a Corsican or Barbados full curl Ram and a Hog hunt.

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    Should be fun. :)
     
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  11. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    .308, .257 Wby or 7mm Rem Mag?
    Choices, choices, choices. :)
     
  12. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Leaning towards my new 700 XCR .308 with 130gr TTSX loads, which will be plenty for everything on the menu. Plus, it’s a lightweight gun that’ll be good for the spot and stalk ram hunt.
     
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  13. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    would be a great choice
     
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  14. BCD 45

    BCD 45 Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2019
    257 WBY no questions asked. I've taken over 30 exotics with a 257 & 100 grain bullet.

    I was a butcher for 40 years & have processed thousands of animals and have been given all types of meat.

    WoodrowAugustus post #8 is right on the money! Don't even think Sika. And Axis is far above Fallow as far as eating. If you've ever ate good Elk meat, Axis is very close to Elk meat.

    12% to 16% of wild feral hogs carry 1 or more of 4 diseases that can be harmful to humans. Take care & wear double elbow length rubber gloves when cleaning and above all DO NOT EAT undercooked wild hog meat!!!

    Meat Processing and Handling

    Hunters are also at risk for exposure to potential diseases from feral hogs. To limit exposure to potential diseases hunters should:

    1. Not process feral hogs that exhibit any signs of illness.
    2. Wear a double set of rubber or plastic gloves while processing and handling feral hog meat.
    3. Wear safety glasses while processing feral hogs to shield their eyes.
    4. After processing a feral hog hunters should wash their hands soap and warm water, and tools and work surfaces with a dilute bleach solution.
    5. Cook feral hog meat thoroughly to an internal temperature of 160°F.

     
  15. schofield

    schofield Well-Known Member

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    Mar 11, 2013
    What outfit are you hunting with in Oklahoma

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  16. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Reply listed. Ryan is the main man. Great guy. :thumbs:
    Tell him Joe turned you onto him. :)
     

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