AXIS DEER SKINS
Axis deer is undoubtedly the species of the cervidae family with the most exquisite-looking hide. The spotted coat, which sometimes is confused with that of a baby whitetail deer or “Bambi", is actually a permanent feature of the axis deer. The contrast between the brown background and white spots is stronger during winter months and weaker during the summer. That is why some skins obtained in Florida or Texas during the hot summer months are a bit “sun bleached”. Originally from India, but now widespread in Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, the axis deer has a pelt that is very coveted and we are proud to be the strongest reseller of those skins in the USA.
Often our clients ask if they were ethically obtained which our answer is a big YES. No cow or deer is killed for its hide. It is simply not economically feasible. Just tanning a deer skin costs around $70.00 to $100.00 so if you look at the sale price of these skins you can easily conclude they could not be taken for the sole purpose of using the skin. Animal skins such as cowhides, bison skins and axis deer hides are always a byproduct of the meat industry and would be otherwise wasted. So when you purchase a cowhide or deer skin know you are helping utilize a part of the animal which would otherwise be destroyed.
In Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Argentina, the axis deer is so abundant that population control is needed as it has become an invasive species which competes with native wildlife. The axis deer is a hardy creature which can survive intense draught but also when vegetation is plentiful it can reproduce twice a year. That makes its numbers grow exponentially when compared to other deer species. In India, hunting the axis deer is forbidden although they also exist in Pakistan where sport hunting is allowed. In the USA, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand, hunting the axis deer is 100% legal.
Here is a general introduction to Axis skins