Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. Axis Deer. They are a beautiful animal. Also known as the chital (or cheetal) and pronounced as the latter is spelled. They originate in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal. They have adapted insanely well to Central and South Texas. The climate is perfect for them. They do not have a "breeding season" as Whitetail Deer do. Breeding is year round and a doe can have multiple fawnings in a couple of years. There is something of a love/hate relationship with these deer in Texas (mostly love). You see, they are free-ranging now. They escaped from game ranches decades ago and have set up shop and taken over. The love portion is the great meat and beautiful hides. They travel in large herds and I've been known to pick more than one (much more) out of a single herd. The "hate" portion of the relationship is the direct competition with indigenous deer and (not indigenous) livestock. The incredible table-fare they provide pretty much outweighs any negative view people have.
|and the presentation is fabulous|
On the other hand, we have the much maligned (and rightly so) wild pig.
This one was taken by my brother on Thanksgiving night. Sorry for the small picture, but it was emailed. Then, there is this...
Nasty little buggers. Well, this one wasn't little. It weighed in at 245 pounds. Also, those tusks are serious. I've seen what they can do and it isn't pretty. It looks like between this and the deer that have been taken so far, we are looking at our first batch of sausage. I'll post when we do that, you can count on it.