Black Buck Antelope

Male Black Buck Antelope have black fur on their upper parts and white fur on their chest, belly and inner sides of their legs, and on their muzzle and chin. The have white rings around their eyes and they have long, ringed horns that spiral with three to four turns and are up to 28 inches long.  The males are born light brown then turn black around three years of age. Males stand about 32 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 70 and 100 lbs. Female Black Buck Antelope are smaller, are beige or light brown and usually do not have horns. However, if they do, the horns are smaller and not ringed and spiraled as on the males.  Black Buck Antelope are one of the fastest animals on earth and can out run other animals over long distances. They can run almost 50 miles per hour, when necessary.

The Black Buck Antelope eat mainly grass but also eat leaves, pods, fruits shrubs and flowers. They live mainly on the plains and open grassland and have adapted very well to the Texas Hill Country where they were introduced back in the 50’s.

Black Buck Antelope live in female groups of 15 to 20, in mixed groups, bachelor groups and as territorial males.  Territorial males are dominant and occupy the prime grazing areas along with the female groups. The males will spar with each other but rarely do major damage. During the rut, males hold their noses up with their horns across their backs to attract does. The gestation period for female Black Bucks is 5 months and they generally have two fawns per year. The fawn will generally lie in a hidden place for about two weeks, feeding from the mother whenever she returns.  Afterwards, the fawn will join the mother with the rest of the group. Young females stay with their mother for about a year. Young male Black Bucks join bachelor groups when they are between 6 months and a year due to harassment from territorial males.




Paloma Blanca Ranch offers the
following animals for sale to
ranchers and individuals.
Blackbuck Antelope Pricing:          
                                                                           
0-1 (< 4") $450                4-5 (14-16")  $1600
1-2 (4-7")         $650(>16")   $1800+ $100/inch  
2-3 (7-10")       $950                 Does    $450  
3-4 (10-14")    $1300      
  
Axis Deer

The Axis deer was introduced to Texas in 1932. In 1988, Texas Parks and Wildlife found free-ranging herds of Axis Deer in 27 counties of central and southern Texas. Both male and female have striking reddish-brown coats marked by white spots arranged in undisciplined rows along their sides. They have a black dorsal stripe and white bib on their neck, white inner legs, stomach, and under-tail. Male heights range from 29 to 39.5 inches. Mature weight is from 145 pounds to 250 pounds. Males have antlers which they shed annually. Males have darker facial markings with a more pronounced "scowling" expression the older they get. Bucks are larger bodied than does with thicker necks and broader chests. Female Axis deer stand 26 to 33 inches and weigh from 90 to 150 pounds.

Axis bucks can be in hard horn any time of the year. They grow and shed antlers on their own clock. In one herd there may be a newly shed buck, a hard horn buck and a buck in velvet. Usual antlers are 22 to 27 inches. Trophies range from 30 to 36 inches. Axis have a typical antler structure of three points on each side consisting of a main beam, one secondary point halfway up the beam, and a brow tine. Four points on a side are not uncommon.

The primary diet of Axis deer is grass. They will graze on new weeds and forbs. When grass is not in sufficient quantity, they may browse. Axis deer appear incapable of putting on intramuscular fat so are very efficient grazers. They produce the leanest meat of any deer species, 0.2% fat or less, legally "fat free."

The Axis deer needs far less water than typical domestic livestock. Water should be fresh and available. They will drink from troughs and tanks.

Axis Deer Pricing:


0-1 year bucks        $450
1-2 year bucks        $600
2-3 year bucks $900
3-4 year bucks      $1,200
4-5 year bucks      $1,600
Above           $2,000

Does        $450


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