While not the most user-friendly month, there are some perks — so discover them and enjoy the best we can.

Story and photography by Bob Zaiglin

For many sportsmen, August represents a substantial amount of down time.  After all, it is generally the hottest month of the year, thus it’s simply not that enjoyable to be outside; but for the creative outdoor enthusiast, there remains plenty to do.

First of all, if you haven’t had the opportunity to hunt axis deer, August is prime time to pursue these red, dapple-coated cervids.  With antlers extending upwards, occasionally beyond the 30 inch mark, they are one of the most impressive exotics that roam the Texas Hill Country.

Not only are axis deer abundant, the highest percentage of males in hard antler occur in July and August.  More importantly, axis venison has no equal when it comes to taste.  So if you can find the time, try an axis hunt, and you won’t be disappointed.

August is certainly not the most comfortable month of the year, but early morning and late evening hours provide sportsmen an opportunity to conduct basic chores on their piece of deer turf.  This can encompass a variety of projects from straightening up camp to repositioning blinds.

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