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#5670514 - 03/26/15 01:39 PM Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt?
DuckBuckGoose Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/19/11
Posts: 153
Loc: Spicewood, TX
So I'm low on venison this year after only shooting one deer last season and am looking at an exotic hunt to fill in the gap until the Fall. I've looked at prices, places, etc. and there's a ton of stuff around where I'm at out outside of Austin so not worried about that.

My question is - what is the best value - size, meat quality, etc. for an exotic hunt? I've only hunted hogs & whitetail and have eaten axis before but am curious if that's the way to go? I've assumed it was going to be an axis doe hunt but looking at fallow, sika, blackbuck, etc I am curious if anyone has a good recommendation since I don't know much about these critters?

Thanks!
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#5670606 - 03/26/15 02:20 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
blackdog21 Offline
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Registered: 03/06/08
Posts: 486
Loc: NW Denton County
Red Deer Hind (doe) (some good deals out there)
Axis doe (prices are rising)
or Eland Cow (largest and among the best)

Just my opinion.

Oryx cows are good eats as well.
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#5670615 - 03/26/15 02:22 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
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For the money right now I think a cull oryx may give you the most money for the buck. Then maybe a cow elk or red deer hind (doe). Axis does seem to be fairly high for the amount of meat they yield although it is delicious.
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#5670656 - 03/26/15 02:44 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/19/11
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Loc: Spicewood, TX
Thanks for the info guys - this is exactly what I was looking for. My assumption is that processing is the same - just more meat. Or at least that's what I'm hoping for!
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#5671397 - 03/26/15 09:39 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
NMGW Offline
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Registered: 01/16/12
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Hard to beat red deer hind, some good deals out there and good eating.
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#5671516 - 03/26/15 10:28 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
C3 guide Offline
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Registered: 05/05/13
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Loc: Boerne
Get with guadalupeoutfitters on here. She is our hunt coordinator and she has a smoking deal on red deer hinds and some buffalo heifers in the next few weeks. Thanks

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#5671888 - 03/27/15 08:26 AM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
bghunter3 Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 131
Not cheap, as everyone seems to want bison meat, but maybe look into a cow bison hunt. You can get a lot of great meat.

As some have said eland meat is delicious. It was by far my favorite meat when i was in South Africa. I really want one for the wall, and the fact I could take one here and keep the meat is pretty tempting.

I gotta say I was not a fan of red stag. However I did shoot a male and it was the peak of the roar in New Zealand, so maybe a hind would taste better, but I gotta say I was not a fan.

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#5672009 - 03/27/15 09:39 AM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
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Nilgai cow hunt. Should be a fun hunt and lots of really good meat from it.
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#5672108 - 03/27/15 10:28 AM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
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Registered: 12/19/11
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Loc: Spicewood, TX
Man with so many options its gonna be tough but gotta start somewhere! C3 I'll get in touch with guadalupeoutfitters thx.
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#5672479 - 03/27/15 02:52 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: bghunter3]
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Can't beat price per pound of bison or eland. Hind or nilgai would be good too.
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#5672654 - 03/27/15 05:02 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: therancher]
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Forgot to mention pere David. If you can find someone to sell u a cow you will have some awesome meat. They have been going cheap lately too.
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#5672856 - 03/27/15 07:38 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Forgot to mention pere David. If you can find someone to sell u a cow you will have some awesome meat. They have been going cheap lately too.


Know anyone with any Pere Davids?

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#5673342 - 03/28/15 08:29 AM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: kdkane1971]
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Ha! Yes, but I ain't selling cows.
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#5687185 - 04/06/15 05:47 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
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Registered: 04/11/14
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Loc: Australia
The two best meats I've eaten are hog deer and chital (axis), flavour wise they're the pic of the deer we have. Red deer hinds are a close third though and the one that I eat the most of.
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#5688577 - 04/07/15 01:13 PM Re: Grocery shopping - best exotic hunt? [Re: DuckBuckGoose]
1headshot Offline
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Registered: 10/04/13
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DBG - looks like you have been given some good information, everything but the $$$

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