You need to know someone from one of the ranches in order to hunt Axis deer on Maui. Thats a connection that everyone dreams of. I am not to sure about the hunting on Molokai, but i'm fairly sure it's the same. The only thing That I can recomend is that you sign up for the Lanai Axis Deer lottery this Year. The tags are out as we speak. I am not sure of when the deadline is, But there are some trophys out there. The Largest I saw this year when I was hunting for Mouflon was about 26"-28". To me that is a trophy because the largest Buck I currently have is a 26" that I shot on Lanai about 10 years ago on a pay hunt. Good luck on your quest!
Good luck on your hunt for Axis Deer, I saw a nice one near the rubbish dump this past Mouflon season. I heard that there are alot of nice bucks out there this year, hopefully you can find one of them!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...