Potential SCI #2 Axis Taken Near San Angelo
Some good friends of ours just harvested what could soon prove to be the 2nd biggest typical axis ever harvested with a bow outside of a high fence!
Dr. Pat Gibson of San Angelo, Texas, hunting as a guest of Brian Hemphill on his private ranch, was able this brute of a deer. The buck doesn’t sport overwhelming main beam length (29-31 inch beam measurements), but what he lacks in that department he easily makes up for everywhere else! The deer’s caudals, brows, width and exceptional mass, lend to a ‘green’ score of 164 & 4/8″! Qualifying trophies can be submitted to the Online Record Book immediately, but SCI requires that Top 10 entries go through a 60-day ‘drying period’. After that time, if that score holds up, Dr. Gibson’s axis is poised to assume the #2 spot in the SCI all-time record book for free-range axis with a bow, behind only Rob Sylvia’s 173 & 1/8″ axis taken back in 2007 in Victoria County, Texas. At this moment, the #2 spot is held by Doug Lambert’s 160 & 4/8″ Kimble Co. buck, so the gap between spots 1 and 2 is pretty significant window to allow for Dr. Gibson’s buck to slide in and take the lofty spot, even after the 60-day drying period wait.
Regardless of where this deer winds up in the record book, a big ‘congrats’ from the AAE Crew to Dr. Gibson on a truly world class axis buck!!