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Old 11-24-2013, 09:53 PM   #15
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Congrats on the deer. Freezer full of nice meat I bet.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #16
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Smile Re: Freezer full of meat

Judging by the outside temp, (-16) they would put it in the freezer to keep it warm!
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Venison is fine, but I prefer elk.
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Question: Is there a secret to making venison taste less "gamey" or do you just get used to it? My Dad has hunted the last 3 or so years since my folks purchased property in WY yet gives his deer away to a neighbor every time because my folks don't like how it tastes. I've never got to try it so don't know what "wild flavor" they are referring to. Now they do like the turkeys he gets so they must not have that same type of flavor. He hasn't been able to get an elk tag yet so don't know if they taste better.

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Old 11-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #18
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one thing to do is get the animal cooled down as quickly as possible, not just gutting it but also skinning it. The hide can retain a lot of heat. Hunting for pronghorn last year in Wyoming in 90 degree weather was a challenge. got our animals, gutted and brought back to house and immediately skinned, quartered and dunked them in cooler full of ice and water. We also hang when skinning head down to get blood to drain out parts you are not using (head). Then also careful trimming before packaging to get rid of the tallow. Usually in Minnesota it isnt such a big deal since the deer hunt is in freezing temps. Elk to me is the Angus of the four legged wild animals
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Venison is fine, but I prefer elk.
Elk meat is venison, which is a term synonymous with meat from all antlered animals. I have to agree, it is one of the best.

When I used to hunt, we always seemed to have an abundance of moose venison. Lots of roasts and steaks, but primarily used it for ground meat and some different sausages.

I also preferred White Tail meat over Mule Deer, but both were very good.

Tom is right on the money, that all game needs to be cooled down ASAP. In warm weather it can be tubs of ice, or what I prefer is submersing into a cold creek. Hanging it at just above freezing for a week or so really helps age the meat nicely, but is something that is hard to control for most hunters. I used to always butcher my own meet, but started to use a butcher, as they could control the temp of the beat better as it cured. A bit costlier, but with WAY better results.
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Tastiest wild meat I ever ate in my life was moose that some friends brought back from Alaska. We used it for one of our dinner-on-a-stick bonfire cookouts, and flashroasted still rare I think it was superior in flavor to the best prime rib. And tender! You bet.
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if we had "gamey" venison, we'd grind it up and mix in about 1/3 pork to make sausage. Yummy! Especially when we added fennel.
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Thought the hubby may like this Cyndi. Took this guy over a month but Members of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club had been trying to capture the animal for years after it was first spotted on trail cameras.

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Had family hunter that would put a few potato wedges or quarters in with the meat when cooking to absorb some of the strong taste, then give the potatoes to the dog. Even a roast that was going to be cooked with potatoes would get it's initial browning and start with some "scrap" potatoes before the other ingredients were added.

Don't know personally because I can't taste the difference but several folks say what food source makes a big difference in taste. Here in Mich. it's are they eating corn and raiding orchards in the fall down here or up north eating acorns.
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Question: Is there a secret to making venison taste less "gamey" or do you just get used to it?

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Ok here is how I prepare my venison. Two ways. (1) I will use the meat grinder and mix with either regular store bought hamburger or just package it by its self. I do use the seal a meal to package it. (2) The best way is to pressure can it. I quarter the deer and put it in my special fridge that I have in my garage. I let it set for about three to four days. I then de-bone, cut off the fat and cut into one to two inch chunks. Then I place in a canning jar (never add water; it will make it's on). Sometimes I add a beef bouillon cube in the jar before I pressure can it. And of course you have to have the can flat and ring to seal. Comes out tasting like beef and will fall apart.

Finally, the best home-made chili for hot dogs. Ground venison (brown in pan) add chili powder and catsup. Trust me it's the best. I always wanted to be a chef anyway.
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My husband is so excited to hunt this year. Not only is he a resident of Montana which makes hunting license cheaper, they also get cheaper after 62.
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We are eager to try the canning thing.
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Sort of off topic but we recently moved to a rural Arizona community and just discovered that it's completely legal for bow and arrow hunters to enter private property to hunt. Most of the residents here enjoy the deer running through their property and some even provide food and water for them. Local hunters after realizing the easy targets now shamelessly hunt here. We have found that in order to stop the hunters we have to post no trespassing/hunting signs but they only get knocked down or removed. The hunters that were confronted were very arrogant and refused to leave private property. The last hunting season the residents have taken up hunting the hunters and vandalizing their equipment hoping to spread the message that they were not welcome. It's almost becoming laughable. It's beyond me why hunters would concentrate on this relatively small 2 mile square area in the middle of thousands of acres of BLM land. Go figure.
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We have that problem with our trout stream that runs through our yard no matter how many private property/no trespassing signs we put up. We can even be standing in the yard and they fish through like we aren't there.
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