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#5928362 - 09/14/15 03:52 PM Wild Emu at the ranch!!!
George - w/ Map My Ranch Offline
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Ok, so I know that in the late 80's/early 90's there was a short-lived interest in people raising Emus in Texas. One of the neighbors near our place gave my grandfather some Emu meat and a pair of Emus when the market tanked, when a breeding pair of Emus went from $45k to less than $200. It was general more expensive to raise them than what they were worth. I heard some people let them go wild. Not sure what my grandfather did with his and he's passed on, so no way to know. I was checking my game trail pics when this guy pops up:



This may be a descendant of some of those let out in the wild some 20-25 years ago. My uncle said he's been turkey hunting a few times in the last 5-10 years when he looked up to see one of these passing through our place. Thought he was seeing the world record turkey until he realized what the heck it was.

Not sure if we'll ever see one in person again. I never have...

What would you do it you saw this? Let it walk, or shoot it? Or try to saddle it??? Could be a great pet for the kids, right? (Kidding)


Edited by George - w/ Map My Ranch (09/14/15 04:11 PM)
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#5928371 - 09/14/15 03:54 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I remember some TASTY emu burgers being served at a little burger shack back in the day. I say shoot. THINK ABOUT THE DRUMSTICKS!
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#5928375 - 09/14/15 03:57 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I bet it is fun field dressing one of those....That being said, I'd hate to corner one, those birds are huge.
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#5928386 - 09/14/15 04:03 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
kmon1 Offline
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Most of the meat is in the legs an thighs, but does make for some good burgers.

NOT A GOOD PET, SniperRAB's Emu story at this LINK
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#5928398 - 09/14/15 04:09 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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We chased one down on my families place in Oklahoma. Me being young and dumb reached out the passenger window and grabbed by the neck while it was running and the truck was moving. This birds are crazy strong. I don't recommend trying to catch it, but kill it and eat it. We did, and it wasn't as bad as people say
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#5928424 - 09/14/15 04:23 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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#5928491 - 09/14/15 05:08 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Most of the meat is in the legs an thighs, but does make for some good burgers.

NOT A GOOD PET, SniperRAB's Emu story at this LINK

I laughed until my sides hurt on that one. Missed the post the first time thanks kmon.

Funniest part:

"If we had that on video, I promise we would never work another day in our Life...We never said two words on the drive back to Ft Worth, he pulled up and I just got out and walked away and never looked back like we just left a Crime Scene. Its still hard to talk about.. roflmao "

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#5928948 - 09/14/15 09:41 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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We have made some great chili using emu meat. Used to see some southwest of town years ago, it has to be 20 or 30 years since I last saw one running loose.
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#5928961 - 09/14/15 09:53 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: 8pointdrop]
cameron00 Offline
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If you shoot them in the head they'll run around like a chicken for a minute or so.

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#5928963 - 09/14/15 09:53 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Had a neighbor that raised them and we always enjoyed the meat when he gave us some.

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#5928999 - 09/14/15 10:05 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I would love to come across one for the meat.
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#5929002 - 09/14/15 10:06 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
B_Rod Offline
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Registered: 12/27/12
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Pretty cool. I'd heard the same thing about the great Emu bust. Texas author John Graves has an emu story that I always liked, and a little Texas history to boot, in this video... John Graves on his Ranch

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#5929097 - 09/14/15 11:56 PM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: kmon1]
texassippi Offline
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Registered: 08/06/15
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Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: kmon1
Most of the meat is in the legs an thighs, but does make for some good burgers.

NOT A GOOD PET, SniperRAB's Emu story at this LINK


that is hilarious. thanks for throwing that in the thread.

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#5929189 - 09/15/15 06:56 AM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
colt45 Offline
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several yrs ago there was one that hung out between Bastrop & Cedar Creek on Hwy 21
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#5929262 - 09/15/15 07:57 AM Re: Wild Emu at the ranch!!! [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I helped kill an even 2 dozen of those one morning. Actually, it took all dang day. They are tough, DO NOT make good pets, and the best way to kill one, we found, is to get it to a stump, chop his head off, and run like hades! They can tear crap up...quick.
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