Discussion in 'Hunting' started by PlayMaker, Nov 2, 2007.
Buffalo (tho not really "game") & alfalfa-fed whitetail, elk, bunnies, oh hell, I like it all!
I shot a yearling elk once and boy was it good.
Really any game can taste really good it just matters how you prepare it.
Pheasant, alfalfa and corn fed Whitetail, and I like moose too.
Pheasant stuffed with wild rice , basted with butter roasted golden brown,Canada goose skinned to get rid of the fat, slow roasted in a covered pan with a little water to steam it 'till it darn near falls off the bone. Chicken fried rabbit southern style. These are my favorites.
My father and his brother were raised in the Lander WY area during the great depression of the 1930's,
as youngsters were always hungry. When my grandfather was lucky enough to bring home a cow elk, they claimed there was absolutley nothing that could come close to the taste and satisfaction of this animal when roasted.
Venison chops on the grill, can make you burn your fingers in attempts to get them off the grill and on to your plate first, before they are consumed by others.
Beaver is usually good. Just make sure you wash it first to get rid of the "gamey" taste.
As far as which big game taste best, I'd have to say its a toss up between elk and antelope. With deer being a very close second.
The bison that I tried was less than good, but I wouldn't mind trying it again in case I got a bad example.
Rabbit is also very good, if its cooked right.
in case I got a bad example.
You must have . . . yearling cow is excellent!
Gotta go with quail, fried. Maybe pheasant or sandhill crane. Elk & deer backstrap ain't too far behind.
i am quite fond of duck.
I haven't tried a whole lot of different game. However, last years mule deer on the gas grill with one of those wood chip smoker doodad's proved very tasty.
Elk and duck are up ther too for my tastebuds.
I'd have to say it's a toss up between squirrel and turkey.
Young elk cow taken "cleanly". That is, first shot fired into both lungs.
The best tasting wild game is eaten in hunt camp!!!
Four Ruffed grouse killed only hours before. Never chilled/frozen, deboned and chunked, simmered in a light white wine sauce until just the edges of the cubes are golden. Pour off the wine, then pour the meat atop a plate of Alfredo sauce over pasta noodles. Served to two of your to best hunting parters with chilled glasses of Alaskan Amber as they sit around the camp fire.
In hunt camp one season, a partner that had more time to hunt than I that year brought most of the wild fair. I brought Blacktail venison from the previous season. He brought Elk steaks, Mule Deer Doe chops and burger from the previous week, Antalope chops, Antalope burgers, fresh bunny, Grouse, for several dinners that Elk season.
Yes, preparation of game meat starts with the shot. A clean kill is necessary. I've never shot a running animal. Adrenaline meat is not my idea of the best taste or tenderness. Gut and bleed an animal quickly. Hang and cure, removing heat. Butcher in a timely manner. (Each animal has rules to abide)
Best tasting to me? Blacktail Deer and Grouse. I'd have to put Pheasant and Turkey on the list too. Cow Elk...
I'm still sticking by my original choice.
Bald Eagle is up there, but the Sandhill Crane and Wood Stork certainly taste amazing. But when I can get it, the manatee's meat is ten times better than pork.
Now excuse me while I go thaw out some howler monkey for dinner.
I grilled the backstrap of a yearling antelope last week. Butchered within 20 minutes of the kill, all sinew removed. Due to the low fat content, I soaked it for two days in five cups of olive oil, 2 tbs salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Grilled at high heat while basting continually with more olive oil. Just a bit spicy, no gamey taste.
The best I have had is Ruffed Grouse, but all I have had is Ruffed Grouse, hog, venison, quail, pheasant and sharptail grouse (yuk).
Chukar, doe, quail for me in particular order.
Quail is better than chicken meat. European wild hog on corn feeding is so gooood. Ummm, the grilled ribs is out of this world.
Even my baby girl loves it.
Sandhill crane actually is pretty good. It's not dissimilar from turkey. I am going to try and shoot one this year, although it's tough because their habitat is pretty limited and I want to say that the season is pretty short.
As far as best tasting game birds, I don't think anything can beat a Chukkar. Delicious!
Edit to add: I looked up the season dates for sandhill crane using the 2007 CDOW brochure, and the season isn't really that short, so I was wrong about that.
Nathan, she is adorable!
Funny but if ya didn't know, sandhill crane is legal game bird in several states, and is extremely tasty - it's been called the "filet mignon of wild game" before.
THAT's what I'm talkin bout - you're killing me, man - sounds beyond wonderful.
elk, duck, deer, rabbit, are all my favorites that i eat almost daily.
Hard to beat ruffed grouse.
Nathan, we have the same brown plates y'all do.
Now that that useless fact is out of the way, for those that live up north where you have elk and deer:
I have tried elk before, but somebody else fixed it and it was so covered up with sauce that I really couldn't taste the meat. How would you compare it to whitetail?
think id have to put a good snapping turtle soup at the top of the list
squirrel and whitetail next
Young grey squirrels are fine table fare, I like swamp rabbit very well, corn fed whitetails can be delicious, bob white quail and white gravy is lip smacking good, fried turkey breast is mighty fine, moose is really good as is elk, I don't care much for possums though.
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