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Old 12-04-2017, 10:52 PM   #1
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My lease mate blast a spike elk on our Hillcounty lease , well he got it back
From the processer, and it taste awful,first he fixed hamburgers with it and it was dry and gross, " he likes it hockey puck well done "
then he made elk burger mixed with pork sausage again and it was again gross, this past weekend, I tried it made into summer sausage, one bite and my lab was a happy dog we both use the same game processing place and my stuff taste good, he is very touchy when I will turn down eating his elk , but it is the worst elk I have ever had!! And he insist it is the best he has ever had , I wonder if he did not get it cooled off in time or processer messed it up? Or if something else happened like bad feed " it was breaking into a feeder pen "

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Old 12-04-2017, 11:58 PM   #2
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I've shot several elk cows, and my wife has as well, and we've never had any problems with meat. But then again, we process our own, so we usually add 20 percent tallow, or do 73/27 beef and do a 50/50 split.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:20 AM   #3
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My lease mate blast a spike elk on our Hillcounty lease , well he got it back
From the processer, and it taste awful,first he fixed hamburgers with it and it was dry and gross, " he likes it hockey puck well done "
then he made elk burger mixed with pork sausage again and it was again gross, this past weekend, I tried it made into summer sausage, one bite and my lab was a happy dog we both use the same game processing place and my stuff taste good, he is very touchy when I will turn down eating his elk , but it is the worst elk I have ever had!! And he insist it is the best he has ever had , I wonder if he did not get it cooled off in time or processer messed it up? Or if something else happened like bad feed " it was breaking into a feeder pen "


Something is wrong. Whitetail deer is 4th on the list for me for wild game that I have had.


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Old 12-05-2017, 03:09 AM   #4
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Something is wrong. Whitetail deer is 4th on the list for me for wild game that I have had.


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Yep this is not my first rodeo with elk ,just first with one that taste so terrible
Maybe it was sick?'
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:52 AM   #5
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Yeah, something's wrong. Elk is better than beef to me.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:55 AM   #6
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Never eaten hill country elk, maybe available food makes it taste different.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:11 AM   #7
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My lease mate blast a spike elk on our Hillcounty lease , well he got it back
From the processer, and it taste awful,first he fixed hamburgers with it and it was dry and gross, " he likes it hockey puck well done "
then he made elk burger mixed with pork sausage again and it was again gross, this past weekend, I tried it made into summer sausage, one bite and my lab was a happy dog we both use the same game processing place and my stuff taste good, he is very touchy when I will turn down eating his elk , but it is the worst elk I have ever had!! And he insist it is the best he has ever had , I wonder if he did not get it cooled off in time or processer messed it up? Or if something else happened like bad feed " it was breaking into a feeder pen "
Bribe him into getting it made in Buck stix or summer sausage. OR find out what freezer he has it in and unplug it.

Seriously though, I have found that ground game must be mixed with 20-25 % beef tallow to keep from drying out, unless your just using it for chili or taco meat.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:31 AM   #8
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Maybe your eating from the wrong end
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:51 AM   #9
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Iíve only ever had elk that I would choose any day over beef or pretty much anything else for that matter. My guess is there was an issue somewhere along the way with the meat or how it was handled.


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Old 12-05-2017, 07:00 AM   #10
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Your buddy got screwed at the processor in my opinion. He didn’t get Elk back. They kept that meat for themselves I would bet. I could be wrong but a spike elk should be awesome
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:13 AM   #11
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Did he skin it right away? If not the hide will retain heat, even in a walk in cooler, and will spoil.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:16 AM   #12
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I've had Texas elk and it was very gamey compared to elk I've had from CO and NM.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:39 AM   #13
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Something with handling/. Got to get them opened up and skinned fast. They will sour/spoil faster than whitetail. I've had elk from Texas. Shot it when cold. Shot 2 cows in neck. Both were gutted and opens up within minutes.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:57 AM   #14
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Diet plain and simple. Probably eating all those cedar berries, that will turn a WT nasty as well.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:49 AM   #15
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Diet plain and simple. Probably eating all those cedar berries, that will turn a WT nasty as well.
The elk where braking into the protein feed,
He has shot 2 more a cow and another spike, both gutted and hauled into town within a hour,he had 100% summer sausage and link made out of one
The other back straps and ground burger, I hope for his sake the other ones are better
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:01 AM   #16
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Something smells fishy.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:44 AM   #17
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elk is some of the best meat I have ever had-something is not right there
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:16 PM   #18
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Your buddy got screwed at the processor in my opinion. He didnít get Elk back. They kept that meat for themselves I would bet. I could be wrong but a spike elk should be awesome
That's what I'm thinking. He probably got some kind of ram or something.
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:22 PM   #19
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That's what I'm thinking. He probably got some kind of ram or something.
LOL probably, I guess stranger things have happened , I just know I am not going to eat anymore of his elk burger or anything labeled ELK in our deep freeze
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:27 PM   #20
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I killed a stag last year that we are still eating and the meat smells very strong before cooked but it tastes amazing. I have never had an issue with elk meat.
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:30 PM   #21
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I know of another Texas elk that got into a feed pen around a bulk protein feeder. He consumed a large amount of protein and tasted awlful as well.
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:41 PM   #22
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The elk where braking into the protein feed,
He has shot 2 more a cow and another spike, both gutted and hauled into town within a hour,he had 100% summer sausage and link made out of one
The other back straps and ground burger, I hope for his sake the other ones are better
Why in the world would someone have an elk turned into 100% sausage?????
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:16 PM   #23
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Why in the world would someone have an elk turned into 100% sausage?????
I didn't even ask, but I guess because the 1st one taste so god awful bad
And he does give a lot of sausage away to his friends and clients
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:59 PM   #24
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Why in the world would someone have an elk turned into 100% sausage?????
I have guys around here that get 100% done ground beef. Don't understand why either
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:53 PM   #25
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What processor? I would bet somewhere somebody didn't handle the meat properly!!!
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:22 PM   #26
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What processor? I would bet somewhere somebody didn't handle the meat properly!!!
This is same as Hudson in Austin it also seems like it has lots of sinue ground into it
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:07 PM   #27
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sounds like it was a processing issue. they have to take the time to get as much fat off as possible. that and you need to cool if fast. mine are usually gutted/skinned/quartered and in a refer in an hour.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:19 PM   #28
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Well if it tastes like ****......be glad you didnt step in it.

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Old 12-05-2017, 07:31 PM   #29
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I have guys around here that get 100% done ground beef. Don't understand why either


How do you turn elk into ground beef?
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:35 PM   #30
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Could be your taste sensitivities, I know a lot of folks that take animals to processors and like it just fine, the last few years I can taste when an animal has been to a processor, to me it taste just like their coolers smell along about this time of year. I usually can smell it when the package is opened, then taste it when the meat is served. Everyone says it's all in my head, and may be, but my home processing doesn't smell or taste like any of that.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:38 PM   #31
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I have killed 5 elk, 4 in Montana and one on Texas, the Texas one was the best tasting of the 5, but it was killed pre rut in an alfalfa field.

The first bull I killed was in Montana post rut and if I had never had elk before and judged it from that old bull I would have never killed another. I would up making it into sausage and jerky to consume most of it. Dog got lots of elk treats as well. That old bull during rut had 40-50 cows so lets say he left his seed on the mountain and fought a lot to keep that many cows so was rutted down bad when I killed him so I chalk up his taste to that, he was not that tasty. I would not expect a spike to have the same issues though.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:47 PM   #32
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This is same as Hudson in Austin it also seems like it has lots of sinue ground into it
I learned this lesson last year. Don't take your meat to Klien's in Boerne. We ate maybe 2lbs of meat since last season and I have a freezer full of meat I need to throw away.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:56 PM   #33
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I’ve killed two bull elk. One was better than the other but neither were as good as a whitetail. Not sure what’s was wrong with them....
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:58 PM   #34
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I learned this lesson last year. Don't take your meat to Klien's in Boerne. We ate maybe 2lbs of meat since last season and I have a freezer full of meat I need to throw away.
Yep I switched to Cowcreeke in boerne over off 1376 ,
If no one eats this elk soon I will be making a run to the San Antonio food bank
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:58 PM   #35
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Schott's off Bandera Road a couple miles from Hwy 46. I have been using them for 12 years and never have had a problem.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:36 PM   #36
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The elk meat Iíve had has varied greatly. Some of it was very flavorful and tender, some just average, and at times Iíve had really sub par meat that was like chewing on a stirrup.


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Old 12-06-2017, 09:15 AM   #37
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Diet plain and simple. Probably eating all those cedar berries, that will turn a WT nasty as well.
We have been wondering that. I have now killed two mule deer up in the panhandle, in that area, is seems the deer really only have grass to feed on. No cedar or very few cedar. Those two deer have had no gamey flavor to them. I have thought for years, that acorns and cedar are two things that are likely making the deer I have shot in the hill country and other areas, taste so gamey.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:20 AM   #38
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Not meaning to hijack the thread, but shot a sika buck a few weekends ago. How do they taste?
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:22 AM   #39
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We have been wondering that. I have now killed two mule deer up in the panhandle, in that area, is seems the deer really only have grass to feed on. No cedar or very few cedar. Those two deer have had no gamey flavor to them. I have thought for years, that acorns and cedar are two things that are likely making the deer I have shot in the hill country and other areas, taste so gamey.
Not acorns. Been hunting the Post Oak Savannah eco region for a few years now and that is the main diet there. Hogs and Venison have no gamey taste at all and is the best game meat I have ever had.
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How do you turn elk into ground beef?
Whatever you know what I mean
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:00 AM   #41
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I've been trying to turn axis into wagyu all morning...
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:25 AM   #42
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I learned this lesson last year. Don't take your meat to Klien's in Boerne. We ate maybe 2lbs of meat since last season and I have a freezer full of meat I need to throw away.
What happened with Klein's I've been using them for a few years and have only had 1 small issue
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:27 AM   #43
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Something with handling/. Got to get them opened up and skinned fast. They will sour/spoil faster than whitetail. I've had elk from Texas. Shot it when cold. Shot 2 cows in neck. Both were gutted and opens up within minutes.
100% this.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:31 AM   #44
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That's what I'm thinking. He probably got some kind of ram or something.
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What happened with Klein's I've been using them for a few years and have only had 1 small issue
The place is great. What Happened?
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:42 AM   #45
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This is same as Hudson in Austin it also seems like it has lots of sinue ground into it
Trying to avoid any drama here, so let me just say that Hudson's is the reason why I process my own deer now.

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:47 AM   #46
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The place is great. What Happened?
I took an axis in and the hamburger was very bloody like defrost and wring it out like a sponge bloody. That's been it, that said I did drop a deer off yesterday so it didnt bother me to much. I use to do my own but with work and a 1 yr old and 4 yr old finding the time isn't easy
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:51 AM   #47
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Not saying OP did this, but if you wait around to gut your deer, throw it in the back of the truck to sit in the sun, etc. Its gonna taste like crap.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:02 AM   #48
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I learned this lesson last year. Don't take your meat to Klien's in Boerne. We ate maybe 2lbs of meat since last season and I have a freezer full of meat I need to throw away.

I would have to strongly disagree with this statement. I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but I use them regularly and have nothing bad to say about their quality. One of the better meat processors I've used and I've used a lot all over the state.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:10 PM   #49
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Elk are naturally grazers. A lot of times, hill country exotics become browsers because thats what they have available. Acorns, twigs and leaves probably made up the majority of his diet, in addition to the protein. Not normally what elk eat. Thats my guess on why it tastes different. How its handled from recovery to the processor also makes a big difference.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:24 AM   #50
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Pillar has to be in the handling I have an elk in the freezer that was killed about a mile north of your lease and it was eating protein also and it is very good but we processed our self.
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