Blaschke Exotics specializes in Axis deer, one of the most popular exotic livestocks in Texas. Our deer herds aren't limited to Axis, though. Take a look at the entries below and on the linked pages above to get a look at just some of the exotic livestock species we deal in. We're sure you'll agree that many of these antlered masterpieces are simply stunning! Although Axis are the only deer we guarantee to have in stock year-round, we also deal with large numbers of Red, Sika and Fallow deer as well. If we don't have any on hand of the particular breed you're seeking, we can acquire whatever you need in a relatively short period through our extensive contacts in the exotics industry. Just tell us what you're looking for, and we'll get it for you. Blaschke Exotics will work with you to fulfill your unique needs.
To have a look at our other main herd animal, Blackbuck antelope, click on the Antelope links above to see them, as well as quite a few other antelope and gazelle species. And if that's not enough to satisfy you, click on our Other link to see what we have in the way of exotic sheep, goats, camels... and maybe a surprise or two.
Our main stock is Axis Deer, a swamp-dwelling species native to India that adapts well to the Texas climate. One of the most attractive of all deer species, Axis are actually more closely related to native Elk than other North American deer species. They are distinguished by their tawny coats, which are streaked with irregular rows of white spots. This resembles the coat of the fawn of the native Whitetail, but Axis retain their distinctive coloration into adulthood. Adult Axis can weigh anywhere from 145 to 250 pounds and average about 35 inches high at the shoulder. The Axis buck's antlers usually feature three tines on a long, upright beam, differing from the forward curve of Whitetail and Mule Deer. Axis trophy racks are scored by length of beam, rather than number of points. Trophy length falls between 29-37 inches.
The primary diet of Axis deer is grass, but they also eat acorns and our Axis' diets are supplemented with feed corn. Because grass is the main food for Axis, the meat doesn't have a "gamey" taste like Whitetail has. Axis do not put on fat and the meat has no marbling, since Axis originate from the tropics. Uncooked Axis steak has .06 grams of fat, 26 calories and 13.9 mg of cholesterol per ounce, and is often recommended as a replacement for beef for patients suffering from high cholesterol and heart disease. One ounce of uncooked, skinless chicken has .88 grams of fat, 34 calories and 20.0 mg of cholesterol for comparison.
The Red Stag is one of the most impressive deer species. More closely related to the American Elk than other native deer (in fact, the Elk is considered a Red Deer subspecies), the Red grows impressive heavy beam antlers with some trophy racks featuring over 20 tines. Red Deer may weigh anywhere between 170-750 pounds, with only the stags exceeding 500 pounds. They can reach an impressive length of nearly nine feet, and may stand as high as five feet at the shoulder. All Red Deer subspecies have rich, reddish-brown coats in the summer that grey in the winter months. Like other deer species, Red Deer fawns are born with white spots, but these disappear by the second month. Red Deer a usually silent, but both stags and hinds will bark when alarmed. Stags are generally solitary, but hinds will congregate in large herds. Red Deer browse and graze, eating a variety of leaves and grasses as well as shrubs and twigs. Originally a forest-dwelling deer, they have adapted and expanded their range to include grassland, scrub and alpine valleys.
Fallow Deer are native to the Mediterranean region, but have greatly increased their range due to introductions, and now are common in the wilds of Europe and parts of Asia. They are the most widely kept of all deer species worldwide. Distinguished by broad, palmate antlers, this lanky, thin deer averages 38 inches high at the shoulder and comes in four common colors: tan, rust, white and black. All variations have white undersides and white spots on the sides and back. Fallow Deer prefer mixed woodlands and brush for cover, but feed in open, grassy areas. Unlike Axis Deer, which predominantly feed on grasses, Fallow Deer browse live oak, shin oak, Spanish oak and hackberry. Males weigh between 175-225 pounds, while females average 80-90 pounds.
Considered sacred in Japan and valued for their antlers in China for use in traditional medicines, Sika Deer are nearly extinct in their historical range of Eastern Siberia, China and Japan due to poaching and habitat destruction. Worldwide Sika populations are healthy, though, and Texas producers export a significant number of the deer to Asia each year. A small, forest-dwelling deer, the Sika is highly variable in size and color due to hybridization. The two deer in the image at right are examples of Japanese and Dybowski subspecies. The Dybowski, on the right, is distinguished by the white patch on his rump.
Their coat is thicker than Axis or Whitetail, and ranges in color from drab brown to deep mahogany, with or without mottled white spots. They have thin legs and a wedge-shaped head, with antlers that have three to four points branching off a main beam. Antlers average 11-19 inches in length, but may grow up to 25 inches. In Texas, the Japanese subspecies stands 30-35 inches at the shoulder and weighs 100-176 pounds. The larger Dybowski's Sika subspecies stands at 35-43 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 150-240 pounds. Sika perfer to feed on grasses, although they will browse on live oak, hackberry, mustang grape, sotol and wild plum.
One of the largest native deer species, Elk (also known as Wapiti) can grow to weigh more than 600 pounds with massive, six-tined antlers that tip the scales at 33-45 pounds.In Texas, free- ranging Elk can be found in the Guadalupe Mountains (their only historical range in Texas), and also the Glass Mountains, Wylie Mountains, Davis Mountains and Eagle Mountains, where they were introduced. Their coat is tan on the main part of the body, darkening to black or rusty brown on the face and legs. The coat is shaggy along the neck. The distinctive bugling call of the Elk is made by bulls during breeding season, which begins in August. Elk feed both by grazing and browsing.
The oddly-named Barasingha deer gets its name from the Hindi language, meaning "12 horns." The distinctive antlers can grow to reach 40 inches in length and usually have 12 tines, and sometimes up to 15. The coat is generally dark brown in stags, with hinds exhibiting an orangish tinge. Both sexes have a darker dorsal stripe along the back. The underside is generally white. Barasingha can grow to a length of six feet, stand 50 inches high at the shoulder and weigh anywhere between 370-620 pounds. Their build is generally similar to Sika, although they are significantly larger than their Japanese cousins.
The Barasingha originates from Northern India, where it prefers floodplains, grasslands and marshes. It is almost exclusively a grazer, and only very rarely will it eat leaves. They will form herds of 20 or more animals, with stags gathering harems of up to 30 hinds during breeding season. Its range overlaps that of the Axis, although Barasingha aren't as numerous. Although not endangered or threatened, Barasingha are considered to be a vulnerable species because of habitat destruction, and will eventually be dependent on conservation efforts if it is to survive in its native ranges. Already several subspecies are on the verge of extinction.
The largest species of deer ever to walk the earth, the Irish Elk roamed from the British Isles to Asia and North Africa during the last ice age. This giant stood up to 7 feet at the shoulder, and had enormous antlers that spanned up to 12 feet. Not a true elk, this deer got its name from the many well-preserved fossils found in Irish peat bogs. The magnificent skulls and antlers are a common sight in Irish castles today. Unfortunately, Irish Elk no longer exist. Extinction claimed the species roughly 10,000 years ago, when pressure from stone-age hunters and the changing climate at the end of the last ice age proved too much for it to adapt to. Truly, we're sure you'll agree, one of the most exotic deer ever. We don't have any, obviously, but with all they advances being made today in cloning, genetic engineering and biotechnology... we're keeping our eyes open. After all, Japanese researchers are maybe just five years away from cloning a wooly mammoth, so you just never know.