Rain Creek Ranch - Texas Hill Country, the deer hunting capital of the world
Rain Creek Ranch - Texas Hill Country, the deer hunting capital of the world
Rain Creek Ranch - Texas Hill Country, the deer hunting capital of the world
Rain Creek Ranch - Texas Hill Country, the deer hunting capital of the world
Rain Creek Ranch Exotic Animal Hunting

Axis DeerAxis Deer
A moderately large, spotted deer with three tines on each antler; the brow tine forms nearly a right angle with the beam and the front (or outer) tine of the terminal fork is much longer than the hind (or inner) tine; a gland-bearing cleft is present on the front of the pastern of the hind foot; upperparts yellowish brown to rufous brown, profusely dappled with white spots; abdomen, rump, throat, insides of legs and ears, and underside of tail white; dark stripe from nape to near tip of tail. Dental formula as in Cervus elaphus, but upper canines (the so-called elk teeth) usually lacking. External measurements average: (males) total length, 1.7 m; tail, 200 mm; height at shoulder, 90 cm; females smaller and usually without antlers. Weight, 30-75 kg in males; 25-45 kg in females.
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Blackbuck Antelope
Blackbuck AntelopeBlackbuck Antelope are one of the smallest antelope species of the exotic breeds. Mature males differ in appearance greatly from that of females. As males age, their coloration graduates from a light tan at birth to dark brown, almost black, at 5 to 6 years of age and older. These older males exhibit a striking contrast in color with their bright white bellies, muzzle, and "eyebrows". Females and young Blackbucks have similar white markings to males with their main coat color being tan. Male horns "corkscrew" upward in a V-shape with 1-4 tight spirals (depending on age and genetic potential). Female Blackbucks usually lack horns, but some may. Female horns are often thinner, smoother, and may grow in non-typical patterns. Male Blackbucks typically weigh from 70 - 100 lbs while females weigh slightly less.

Blackbuck Behavior
Blackbucks tend to inhabit open grasslands and are primarily diurnal. Blackbucks are considered one of the fastest animals in the world. Their keen eye sight and blazing speeds are its main protection against predators. When alarmed, the Blackbuck herd disperses in high leaps and bounds, and then breaks off into a quick gallop. Males use horns in displaying rituals to attract females and fighting for breeding rights during the rut. Male Blackbucks will lock horns and push against each other until one male concedes defeat. Playful sparring occurs much in the same way, but lacking intensity.

Axis DeerBlackbuck Food Habits
Blackbucks are grazers that feed primarily on grass in open prairies. They also consume leaves, herbs, and shrubs.

Blackbuck Breeding
Blackbuck males fight for dominance during the rut and protect their territories from intruding males. With their heads tilted back and horns parallel, they proudly display for potential breeding does. Males will also change color, with the darkest male being the most dominant male. Breeding can occur throughout the year, with peaks seen from August to October and March to April. There is a decline in the number of births during the winter months. Blackbuck does have a short gestation period of five months, which allows them to breed twice a year. While they usually give birth to only one young at a time, two breeding cycles per year often results in two young born in a 12 month period. Blackbucks reach sexual maturity at a year and a half (does as young as 8 months).

Blackbuck Life Span
Blackbucks usually live 10 to 12 years and sometimes up to 15 years. The oldest Blackbuck on record was 18 years of age.

Raising Blackbuck
Blackbucks are one of the few exotics that do not require a high fence to stock on your property. They will seldom jump a low fence unless they feel threatened or cornered. If looking to add Blackbuck to your ranch, be sure to thoroughly check all perimeter fences (low or high) for weakness or holes that these minuscule animals will explore and possibly slip through. Blackbuck do require a dependable water source and shelter during periods of snow. At feeding stations, Blackbuck tend to be timid, allowing other animals to feed first.

We also offer opportunities to hunt Axis Deer, Aoudad Sheep, Turkey and other exotic game.

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Rain Creek Ranch

1755 PR 506 , Menard, Texas
Tel : (817) 875-5550
30°59'16.8" N , 99°35'22.8" W
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