What do you do with ibex?


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helotaxi
January 10, 2013, 08:28 PM
I've got the opportunity here in NM for an over the counter tag for female or immature male ibex with a bag limit of two. Until this point ibex tags have been fairly hard to come by and have been either sex mature tags only with a limited number by lottery.

I'm very likely going to pick up one of these tags. The resident price is fair. The hunt area is close. I've been looking for a good reason to take some vacation days and I'm otherwise out of hunts for this year.

My question is, other than mounting the skulls, and a "devil horned" female would make a really cool European mount, what do you do with an ibex? Is the meat edible?

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rcmodel
January 10, 2013, 08:31 PM
Should be great eating.

If you like gamy tasting goat meat.

Certain ethnic groups swear by it.

rc

bayjoe
January 10, 2013, 09:47 PM
Shoot straight !
They are mean as all get out

heeler
January 10, 2013, 10:00 PM
Pretty much what rcmodel said.

helotaxi
January 10, 2013, 10:23 PM
That's what I figured. Shoot a pair on the first day and sit over the gut pile/carcass for the next 3 shooting the coyotes sounds like fun...

Patocazador
January 10, 2013, 10:40 PM
I've never eaten goat but I have smelled a few. Definitely worse than an older boar hog. Caproic acid is the culprit in goats. I don't know if there is a neutralizer for it or not. If there are any Jamaicans in your area, ask for a good BBQ recipe.

25cschaefer
January 11, 2013, 12:00 AM
People say the same thing about speed goats; that they are awful and gamey. The only way to find out is to try it. I suspect that if you gut it immediately, cool it down, get the hide off as soon as possible, it will be fine eating. Does and little bucks ought to be especially good to eat.

Where in NM are you going and do you know a time frame yet? If you get the tag that is.

303tom
January 11, 2013, 12:22 AM
You eat em....................

helotaxi
January 11, 2013, 02:18 PM
The hunt is for the Florida Mountains SW of Las Cruces, basically between I-10 and Mexico, from 21 Feb until 31 Mar or until 125 are checked in, whichever comes first. It's a management hunt because the population is over the bearing capacity.

tarosean
January 11, 2013, 03:16 PM
I've had meat from the herd in white sands. It was good and didn't taste like goat IMO

T.R.
January 11, 2013, 04:57 PM
Uncastrated male goats are quite gamey but females are good eating. In our area, the Amish raise goats for milk which is made into cheese. Castrated young males are sold for meat. Flavor/texture is similar to lamb.

TR

helotaxi
January 12, 2013, 09:11 AM
I've had meat from the herd in white sands. It was good and didn't taste like goat IMO
Likely oryx, not ibex. The ibex herd is not on the range, it's 75miles or so to the southwest of the far west edge of the range. The oryx herd is on hte range and they want to confine it there as much as possible.. Oryx is some of the best meat available in the US. Oryx can weigh over 600lbs while ibex are more in the 120lb range.

Oryx

http://www.naturephoto-cz.com/photos/sevcik/oryx-gazella--oryx_3.jpg

Ibex

http://i1.treknature.com/photos/405/ibex_3.jpg

photo credit for the second picture http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Middle_East/Israel/photo33481.htm

tarosean
January 12, 2013, 12:29 PM
Likely oryx, not ibex.

Correct.

Patocazador
January 13, 2013, 12:30 PM
My Dad and I ate oryx (gemsbok) in Namibia. We had to order it in a restaurant even though I had killed one. When you hunt there, the hide and head belong to the hunter but the meat belongs to the landowner. It is delicious but I thought that warthog was the best, then oryx and then springbok. Zebra was the worst.

fdashes
January 13, 2013, 12:34 PM
you can't bbq Jamaicans, sheesh

Patocazador
January 13, 2013, 12:45 PM
you can't bbq Jamaicans, sheesh
I suppose you can but it would get you in a lot of trouble. :o Jamaicans in So. Fla. BBQ goats all the time and allegedly can get them to taste good.

Coop45
January 13, 2013, 12:55 PM
Nothing better on earth than bbq goat.....cabrito!

sixgunner455
January 14, 2013, 11:33 AM
Was served sheep and goat several times in Kuwait. Both were quite palatable.

H&Hhunter
January 14, 2013, 07:21 PM
OKAY..

I've killed an Ibex in NM my dad has killed an Ibex in NM and the little Persians that live down in the Floridas are just about unpalatable. They stink worse than ten tons of dry concentrated cat piss.

We killed billies. I'm guessing the nannies are better but I wouldn't bet on it. They are however a fantastic animal to hunt as are any wild Mt. goats. They are extremely challenging to hunt I highly recommend hunting them if you get the chance. if you are looking for tasty game meat I'd say pass if you are looking for one heck of a true mountain hunting experience then go for it.

Now a couple of things that we need to get straightened out..

People say the same thing about speed goats; that they are awful and gamey. The only way to find out is to try it. I suspect that if you gut it immediately, cool it down, get the hide off as soon as possible, it will be fine eating. Does and little bucks ought to be especially good to eat.

"Speed goat" is a slang term for the pronghorn antelope which is not a goat at all and in no way related to a Persian Ibex which is from Persia and is a true wild goat and has in no way whatsoever anything in common or anything to do with an American pronghorn antelope.

For some reason this species confuses many people, it is not an antelope either. This explains it very well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronghorn

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Nothing better on earth than bbq goat.....cabrito!

You can't smoke, slow cook, or season the nasty out of a Persian Ibex. These suckers are good for shooting, bad for eating.

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Shoot straight !
They are mean as all get out

Did you forget to put the little "just joking" icon on here, this one ;)? The only thing mean about them is the country they thrive in.

helotaxi
January 15, 2013, 08:14 PM
if you are looking for tasty game meat I'd say pass if you are looking for one heck of a true mountain hunting experience then go for it.Got two freezers full of deer and elk. I'm looking for an excuse to get out of the house and spend some time in the mountains. Having something out of the ordinary to spot, stalk and shoot is just a better excuse.

H&Hhunter
January 15, 2013, 10:09 PM
Bring GOOD glass, spotting scope, binos and rifle scope. be very patent spend more time than you think you need to glassing. Be prepared for long hard climbs with lots of failed stalks at the conclusion and have a GREAT HUNT!!

These little buggers are dialed in.

nmlongbow
January 16, 2013, 01:34 AM
I was thinking about getting a tag for this hunt but there will probably be a lot of hunters on the Rock compared to every other year. Ibex are fairly easy with a rifle but very difficult with a bow, especially a bow without wheels.

I've been in the Florida's and have eaten Ibex several times. They're not bad at all to eat in my opinion...maybe not as tasty as Oryx but I wouldn't pass it up or throw out the meat.

helotaxi
January 16, 2013, 01:38 PM
I've got the glass covered. I'm actually looking forward to the climbs and stalks...just not the cold! I found a hunting buddy this morning as well.

Jdillon
January 27, 2013, 06:23 PM
Heliotaxi:

Good luck on the hunt. I live in southern NM and hunted countless times in the Florida's for quail and and other creatures. Haven't been over there in a couple of years since the quail populations have been so poor. Pretty rough country especially where the Ibex are most likely to be found at higher elevations.

splattergun
January 27, 2013, 09:18 PM
Properly cape for shoulder mount. Use carcass for jaguar bait.

helotaxi
January 27, 2013, 11:27 PM
Not a trophy hunt so I'm not dropping the coin on anything more than a Euro mount. I'll probably still skin it out nice and send the hide off to get finished.

gamestalker
January 29, 2013, 02:05 AM
They are a goat and taste just like antelope to me. I got one back in the 1990's in S.W. New mexico and it made for some really good tasty meals. Good luck and I hope you don't get spooked about putting them on the dinner table.

And if you ever get the opportunity to take an Oryx those are even tastier, and bigger of course, and also a member of the goat family / antelope. Our local G&F guy gave me one that had been hit by a car on the missle range, good eats buddy!

GS

helotaxi
January 29, 2013, 02:11 PM
Yeah, I'm really hoping to pull oryx this year, even just a cull hunt.

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