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Old 05-19-2009, 07:42 PM
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Re: so how does antelope taste ?

I normally hunt public land which means the antelope have been feeding on sage brush, cactus and grass. They are not very tasty. The younger ones taste better than the older ones. Try to avoid shooting the old, bony, scrawny, granny does. You will see their ribs and hip bones sticking out and their hair will be real scruffy. Avoid the lead doe also as she didn't get to the top of the ladder by being meek and mild. My preference is a yearling.

My first option is to always give it away. The only people who you can give an antelope to are the nonresidents.

If I cannot give it away then I always debone the entire antelope on the day it is shot and bag it up and put it on ice. I am always a long ways from home so I have no use for hauling bones around and space is always at a premium. The interior of the hams cool down faster if they are deboned.

I carry a lot of 1 mil plastic tarps and freezer bags with me for cutting up animals.

Soaking the blood out of the meat for a couple of hours before cooking will improve the taste and odor. The Montreal steak seasoning is very good and I use peanut oil because it is easier to acquire on the road when far from home. Any Mexican recipe will disguise the taste. Tacos, chili, enchiladas etc are all good bets.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:00 PM
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Re: so how does antelope taste ?

I would agree with the suggestions for proper care in the previous posts.
Where I live is probably the largest Antelope migration route in Wyoming.
Oddly enough many of the native locals I know look down on Antelope as a game meat. After observing some of the "hunting" methods I have understood why. The season is in September (warm) and when you chase an animal in a pickup or ATV for several miles, then shoot it, do a rough gutting job, throw it in the back of a pickup unskinned and drive around a few hours in the sun, it is no surprise it may not taste good.
As well as post kill care, the hunting method can have, IMO, an effect on meat quality. Probably 75% of the Antelope I have taken never knew I was there as they were either ambushed or taken by spot and stalk using wind, camo and cover. The long shot is also a rarity. In the last 10 years my longest shot was 352 yards, most under 150 and the last at 40.I use TSX or TTSX and shoot through both shoulders when possible. I'll trade a few pounds of shoulder meat for an instant death with no tracking. This combined with the good fortune of having an excellent public hunting area one mile from my home, a good hunting buddy and his toboggan (works great on Sage) allows us to have the animal gutted, skinned and in the cooler very quickly. While Elk is still top on my tablefare list, I'll take a "lope" over a deer any day.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:02 AM
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Re: so how does antelope taste ?

Grain fed, best meat you can get. Prairie, sage fed, hit and miss. Good field practice helps.

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:57 PM
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Mark, They aren't the best. Like Jim said, make chili, sausage, salami, or something else that is highly spiced. If you can get one thats been eating alfalfa or good grass, they really aren't bad. They could be within 10 feet of a hayfield and still eat sagebrush. Like everyone says, field care is going to help the most. Shoot it right, skin it, and cool it down. There isn't much meat on one.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:42 PM
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Re: so how does antelope taste ?

Great!!

MY son and I have hunted Wyoming antelope for 21 of the past 23 years. That equates to 42 buck antelope and many many doe antelope.

After skinning our first two kills on a sheet of plywood we developed the lope rack. a metal frame with 2x4 top rails to hang the critters for skinning, washing and bagging.

Only one time in all those years did we have to hurry our kills to a commercial butcher due to very high temperatures and we were staying over to hunt deer.

We cut up our own animals and have three basic cuts, steaks, roasts and stew. Jr and a helper bring each animal in to the kitchen from our well insulated shop. Jr breaks it down into quarters and back straps, I bone it out, trim off all fat and damaged areas, Gordo is the package man.

FIT FOR A KING!! Antelope back straps cut into "butterfly" shapes. Covered in flower, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc and browned in bacon fat. Topped with sauted onions, green peppers and bits of bacon....FANTASTIC!!

I also make a mean antelope stew," two beer stew", one for the cook and one for the stew! Plus a bean bash with antelope bits and three different kinds of beans..good stuff.

In 2008 our group brought home four bucks and nine doe, almost all are consumed.

Bill
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:52 AM
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Re: so how does antelope taste ?

Where do you hunt, Bill?

I have a good deal for you!!!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:15 AM
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IME best areas are 87, 88, 89 & 90
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