Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Difference in taste?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Ms_Dragon, Jan 20, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Ms_Dragon

    Ms_Dragon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    190
    Location:
    Hell
    I was wondering if there is a taste difference between Elk, Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer?

    Thanks.
     
  2. gspn

    gspn Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2006
    Messages:
    2,164
    Neve had mule deer and only had elk once...but it was different from whitetail...both are very good...but that elk loin was out of this world.
     
  3. Ms_Dragon

    Ms_Dragon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    190
    Location:
    Hell
    Thanks for the response gspn.

    I was worried because what I've seen from pictures Elk look like a massive animal and it'd be a huge waste if it doesn't taste nice.

    I can't wait to get stateside and go hunting.
     
  4. gspn

    gspn Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2006
    Messages:
    2,164
  5. Ms_Dragon

    Ms_Dragon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    190
    Location:
    Hell
    Damn you GSPN!:neener:

    Now I'm hungry and now I have to get my sweetie organize some elk tags for my trip.

    You've created a monster! :p
     
  6. Wylie1

    Wylie1 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    306
    Location:
    Shoshone Idaho U.S.A.
    I prefer Elk to Mullies but they are both very good, better than beef if dressed out proper.
     
  7. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    1,949
    Location:
    Munising MI
    Id say this. From my experience mule deer is a bit better. That is comparing the mule deer ive killed out west to the whitetails ive killed around camp. Now if i compare mule deer to the whitetails we shoot doing crop damage shooting on the potatoe farm id take the whitetails hands down. Personaly i think either is a step up from elk. But thats just my opinion. I think elk is kind of tasteless. If you want your meat to taste like beef youd probably like elk more but if you like the tasted of good venison id take deer over elk.
     
  8. Patocazador

    Patocazador Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,677
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I used to hunt out west a lot until I got too old for those steep hills and high altitude. I have killed 9 mule deer and 2 elk and eaten some meat of several others. Everyone's opinion will vary on taste but mine is as follows:
    #1 Elk - no contest. It has a sweet flavor that makes it better than deer.
    #2 Whitetail deer - This depends on what cut of meat and how young the deer.
    #3 Mule deer - I have only killed older mule deer bucks so the muley's position on this list could change if younger deer were involved.
    #4 Moose - Based on 2 moose killed in Wyoming - Tastes good but just the same as grass-fed beef to me. (I like deer better than beef or buffalo.)
    #5 Pronghorns - Again only older bucks taken during the rut. Good for sausage.
     
  9. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,760
    Location:
    at the center of my own little universe
    They are all good if handled properly.
    They can all be ruined if mishandled.
     
  10. helotaxi

    helotaxi Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    2,218
    The buffalo hunters hunted the Great Plains elk to extinction because they preferred the taste to buffalo while not putting a dent in the deer population. I've got a freezer full of deer and elk, I'll run out of elk first.
     
  11. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2003
    Messages:
    8,811
    Mule deer, elk and whitetails all taste different from each other. And as has been mentioned will have a different taste depending on their diet. Some of the nastiest mule deer I've ever eaten were from South Eastern NM and lived in areas with lots of grease wood.

    Some of the finest tasting have been killed off of agricultural areas especially areas were there is lots of alfalfa farming. Over all I prefer cow elk, whitetail deer, bull elk, and last buck mule deer. In that order.
     
  12. osprey176

    osprey176 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    452
    Location:
    SC,Midlands
    Elk extinct!!??? Thinned out,but far from extinct. But without question,elk is the best tasting game I have eaten.Where I hunt,the whitetail tastes better than mule deer,but that may have something to do the timing of the rut.The mule deer bucks I have taken have a stronger smell than whitetails,and it seems to affect the taste.
     
  13. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,760
    Location:
    at the center of my own little universe
    Lots of variables. A rangy old buck during the rut isn't gonna taste like a yearling. My corn fed Illinois whitetail are good eating but when I went to northern Minnesota and shot a buck in a swamp, it tasted swampy by comparison. Elk is excellent. Mule deer is good. Pronghorn can be excellent or sometimes a little sagey.
     
  14. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Messages:
    15,710
    Location:
    Hot and Humid FL
    Personally, while I like elk, moose is better, and antelope is right up there as well. But as mentioned previously, if not handled properly after the kill, any meat will taste bad
     
  15. witchhunter

    witchhunter Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,829
    Location:
    Lassen County, California
    I agree, it is all about how it is handled. I have lived on mule deer for years, whitetail is screamin, antelope chops,mmm, But elk is hard to beat...I better go have a look in the freezer.
     
  16. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,302
    Location:
    Minnesota
    jest me, but I rate them...

    Moose
    Elk
    Caribou
    Mule Deer / Antelope
    White Tail

    But = if Moose is a 9, the scale is such that White Tail is still an 8...
     
  17. helotaxi

    helotaxi Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    2,218
    The Great Plains species of elk are gone. All that is left is the Rocky Mountain elk. There used to be two species of elk in North America, now there is one.
     
  18. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2003
    Messages:
    8,811
    Well actually there are three species of elk in North America, Rocky Mountain Elk, Tule Elk and the Roosevelt Elk.
     
  19. Ankeny

    Ankeny Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    2,131
    I guess I have just overdosed on elk. I killed three this year and gave them to folks who need the meat more than I need it. Lately, I have grown fond of white tail deer that live in agricultural areas. I really like those deer that live in the corn all day, then wander into the alfalfa in the evening.
     
  20. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    2,912
    I love elk. #1 in my book. But part of that may be the challenge and rarity of actually getting one.

    Had some young whitetail for the first time ever this year. That little buck was yummy.

    Grew up on mule deer. Whether I actually liked it depended on what they were eating and how old they were.
     
  21. Nasty

    Nasty Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    Messages:
    534
    Elk, then Whitetail in the corn.
     
  22. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Messages:
    3,357
    Location:
    Central Fla
    Hard to say as not all taste buds ......are a like. Plus, it all depends where those mentioned live and what they eat. Plus age may or may not play a part in the taste test.
     
  23. Resist Evil

    Resist Evil Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    Messages:
    440
    Location:
    Denver Metro
    Elk is my favorite, followed by mulies, then pronghorns. Pronghorns make for great jalapeno jerky from my favorite processor in Arvada. Yum!
     
  24. Ankeny

    Ankeny Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    2,131
    I have always wondered if that isn't true of a lot of folks, but you are the first one I have heard say as much. Around here, the rarity is a white tail and folks (myself included) find them great table fare. FWIW, pronghorn taken in agricultural areas are pretty darned good. Especially in comparison to their sage brush counter parts. I never have understood why people kill pronghorns, then literally feed them to their dogs. Seems like wanton waste to me.
     
  25. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2002
    Messages:
    43,071
    Location:
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    I've eaten a heckuva lot of central Texas whitetail. All of it was good. I've eaten a few west Texas mule deer, and I'd say that those were maybe a bit better, but hard to say why.

    I'd rate the rather small amount of elk I've eaten through the years as better than the deer. Not bunches better, but better.

    I've only killed and eaten one antelope, killed near Marfa, Texas. It was very good eating and seemed "richer" than deer or elk. Very tasty, but it didn't take all that much for me to feel full.

    There is a brushy plant in the area from around Uvalde, Texas, on out past Del Rio that's called "guajilla". Wah--hee-yah. Deer love it. Butchering out the meat, you can smell it. Not a bad smell, though. But it never seems to affect the taste any, compared to the deer from back in the hill country.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page