Originally native to southern Asia, Axis now run wild in multiple areas of the United States. They are the most abundant free range exotic deer both in Hawaii and Texas, where they were introduced in the 19th and 20th centuries. In Hawaii, Axis were first given as a gift to King Kamehameha V from China and soon populated the islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui. Axis deer is best known for the challenging hunt, and the delicacy that comes from a successful harvest. The males have 2 long, 3 pointed antlers used for fighting and protection, but are most recognizable from their dark red coat with white spots, very much similar to a Whitetail Deer fawn.