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Old 07-17-2012, 04:54 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

Not bad eating...........
Try to get one before they start running for the day=they run for the fun of it!
Bonem right there=right now The faster you cool them the better and who in thier right mind whats to gut a goat! Use a guthook to open them up across the backbone and skin enough to remove the meat=Cut the meat off with a different knife!
I usually carry a couple of bottles of ice in my backpack to help cool the meat till I can get back to the cooler of ice in the truck.
Even then you can get a strong one that even the dog plugs her nose for but with care it aint often.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:33 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

You have gotten some good advice. I've lived in Wy for 25 years and killed at least 1 every year except one. They make great sausage and jerky. Getting them cool fast is very important. The cleaner they are the better they taste. A couple of years ago I watched a couple of guys do the final cleanup on a goat they had killed that day. It was hung in the landowners barn. The hide was off. They were wiping out the inside of the body cavity with a mixture of vinegar and water. It was CLEAN when they got done. Then they put him a game bag. We have sometimes cut and wraped our goats the same day. We're very careful about hair and fat.
When I first came to WY a friend took me out to kill a couple of does. He always claimed that he liked to eat them better than deer. My son still feels the same way.
Most antelope hunts occur at the end of the rut. The bucks can be a bit smelly. 20 years ago I got on a private ranch to hunt. I saw 34 bucks before I shot one. He was just standing around feeding. When I walked up to him I could smell him from 15 feet away. I cleaned him and washed him out and got him home. Still smelled in the garage. Got the hide off and the smell dropped by 80%. CAREFULLY cut and wrapped and he wasn't too bad. Last year I saw a couple bucks so worn out by Oct. 7 that all they wanted to do was eat and sleep. Saw the same buck in the same bed 4 times over a 6 hour period. I think he was too tired from the rut to want to do much.
I like to wash my goats out as quickly as I can. I'll carry water for that purpose if the area I'm hunting doesn't have running water to do it with. Good luck. Bruce
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:14 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

how good would a beef taste if shot in august and transported with the hide on in the back of a truck for a couple of hours?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:18 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

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how good would a beef taste if shot in august and transported with the hide on in the back of a truck for a couple of hours?
When is the leftover beef tag draw? I ought to be able to stalk one of these, at least.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:50 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

best meat period. I have shot 4, my wife shot 1, I am going to Wyoming, CO, and New mexico to hopefully take # 5,6,&7 this year.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:06 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

Some of the best game meat I've had. My wife won't eat deer but likes antelope. I followed previous advise and boned the meat in the field and put them in plastic bags. Then kept them as cool as possible before I could get them on ice. Worked for me.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:11 PM
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Re: Antelope-good to eat?

If you've ever had (domestic) goat it tastes a lot like that. I thought for years they were related. Turns out pronghorn's closest relative is the giraffe. Haven't had giraffe yet but if they taste like pronghorn their pretty damn good, better than deer.

Still haven't found a meat I like better than cow. Buffalo's close.

I wonder, if you kept some antelope in your back yard and fattened them up on corn and steroids, how would they taste?
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