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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:47 am

Private land on a Landowner tag hunting with Friends.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby orhunter » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:09 am

!!!!... Nice bull. Hope you have strong jaws for chewing.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:15 am

Thanks Harvey, I have killed a number of old bulls, cared for the meat properly and found them all excellent table fare.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby jlw034 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 am

That is so friggin cool. Congrats.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby greg moyer » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:34 am

Well me and the dog are back in MT doing some early season sharp-tail hunting.

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Nice bull Ag!!
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:43 am

Thanks Greg. Not surprised to see you and Josie are on the prairie and finding birds. Spud and I are heading to SD next week.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby orhunter » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:03 pm

Thanks for the photos Greg. Highlight of the trip stopping in Froid to see you and the ugly kid. Mentioned to Cheryl if she noticed how Josie changed while we were there. By the time we left, she was faking the foot injury to the max for more sympathy. What a display. Sure good for a laugh. She needs a good whippin’. We’re in Shelby now. What a dump!!!

Kent: I shot an old bull one time and had to grind the whole thing. Even the pepperoni had an odd texture. Could have had something to do with how long it took him to lay down and die after the shot. Bang flops might be a whole lot better?
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:05 pm

Harvey I think how long an animal lays before it is field dressed and then skinned to allow the meat to cool has everything to do with the quality of the meat. I took this Bull in 2016. He travelled 10 yards after taking an arrow through the lungs,flipped over backwards and died. He was a huge, old bull, field dressed with minutes of dying, hung and skinned within 2 hours. We marinated and grilled the steaks and they were delicious. Tight grained meat, but surprisingly tender. That is the trend I have enjoyed.

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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby orhunter » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:12 pm

Kent: I had that bull of mine opened up within minutes of his last breath. All four quarters hanging soon afterward. Soon is kind of relative because one person working on a 900 lb animal isn’t the quickest thing. Shot him before 9:00 and was back at the truck a little after noon which was quite a hike. Didn’t haul him out to the road till the next day.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:44 am

All 12 of the bulls I have eaten were excellent table fare, (including the steaks), and that is the consensus of the elk hunting crowd I run with. All my bulls have come from MT and NM, so no experience with bulls from your part of the world. Localized diet could make a difference I suppose. Or just different palates perhaps.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby orhunter » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:29 am

Kent: Flavor was fine, couldn’t chew it. Tenderloins were tough too. I shot a small 5 pt the year before and it was a little more chewy than spikes. They all taste the same. It’s come to the point if I ever elk hunt again and I see Mr. Big standing next to Mr. Spike, Mr. Spike is going home with me.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:22 am

Harvey its a shame you were not able to swing by my place this summer. I could have fed you a data point contrary to your opinion. My first archery bull was a 3x4. The 11 since have all been mature bulls and excellent eating. The crowd I run with considers it a myth that the big bulls are not fit to eat.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby ryanr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:43 am

Great job AG, and I've never had a bad or hard to chew piece of elk either. Steaks, tenderloin or ground it was all delicious.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby Sooty42 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:49 am

orhunter wrote:Kent: Flavor was fine, couldn’t chew it. Tenderloins were tough too. I shot a small 5 pt the year before and it was a little more chewy than spikes. They all taste the same. It’s come to the point if I ever elk hunt again and I see Mr. Big standing next to Mr. Spike, Mr. Spike is going home with me.


Next time you could try dry aging the meat in your fridge for a week or so and see if that mellows it out.
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Re: Hunting Seasons are Under Way!

Postby JONOV » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:21 pm

Congrats on a nice Elk. I don't have any experience with elk but I do think that aging meat before you package and freeze it is a key component. It isn't always easy or even possible but I think it does help, that's why hangar aged steaks are a thing.
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