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#6311456 - 05/25/16 05:37 PM Which one to shoot.
NMGW Offline
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Registered: 01/16/12
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Loc: New Mexico
Hypothetically speaking would you rather shoot a younger buck, bull, ram, whatever with a respectable set of head gear, that is also good table fare. Or are you more inclined to shoot a big ole narly buck, bull, ram, that is only good for maybe sausage, but has the head gear to brag about. Curious what your opinion is. I have in mind particularly Barbary sheep "Aoudad" in Texas, which I know can taste pretty gamey when old and full of years. Some on the THF will not eat them. Let me know what you guys think.
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#6311468 - 05/25/16 05:45 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10156
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Big ole narly. I've got axis to eat on my place. grin
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#6311469 - 05/25/16 05:46 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
dune2218 Offline

Registered: 02/09/16
Posts: 246
Loc: Temple, tx
for deer I either shoot a yearling doe, or a buck that I will mount, nothing in the middle. --------- Never hunted sheep.
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#6311496 - 05/25/16 06:07 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Elkhunter49 Offline
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I'll always eat what I shoot but I'm a horn hunter, the bigger the better. up
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#6311507 - 05/25/16 06:19 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Denton County
Meat eater here, can't eat the horns and my house ceiling is to low. Not necessarily young but don't go the old gray haired ones, like me. roflmao

#6311508 - 05/25/16 06:19 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1055
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
It doesn't matter so big nasty. I've been fortunate to have many great hunts and have killed a good share of trophy animals so a few years ago I decided I'd challenge myself to learn more about processing animals in order to glorify them but turning them into something amazing for the table. We have an opportunity to make good organic meat that's good for you and makes the act of hunting come full circle when the game is taken very good care of and processed with care.

That being said I've taken rank boars and old stinky wt does and turned them into great table fare by this process.

1 cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt in lots of ice. You let your quarters soak four days and replace ice as necessary. I like to let the meat sit in the melted ice water with the salt/soda mix one whole day. Then I drain and keep adding ice as necessary. You'll see the meat change color the first day.
After that even the steaks will taste good but my favorite thing to do is ground the meat with grass fed beef fat if I can find it

#6311524 - 05/25/16 06:31 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Meat eater here, can't eat the horns and my house ceiling is to low. Not necessarily young but don't go the old gray haired ones, like me. roflmao
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#6311554 - 05/25/16 06:45 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: SnakeWrangler]
JJH Offline
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does for meat....mature bucks for trophies

#6311731 - 05/25/16 08:34 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
breadman Offline
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Registered: 08/19/14
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dont eat the sheep !! i tried to every way possible but its nasty every one of those ways . so the horns are what i look for in sheep.

#6311751 - 05/25/16 08:44 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Txcatman1 Offline

Registered: 10/02/13
Posts: 838
Loc: S texas
I'll take a pile of does anyday
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#6311855 - 05/25/16 10:14 PM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5737
Loc: texas
Depends on how much meat is in the freezer. Food comes first! If I've already shot a doe or two, I'm horn/antler hunting. Otherwise I'm hunting for a legal animal, and no I don't shoot young bucks other than one spike that was aged at 3yrs old
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#6312027 - 05/26/16 07:34 AM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Flags Offline

Registered: 11/20/14
Posts: 182
Loc: Athens, TX
None of the above. I'll take a nice tender doe any day.

#6312045 - 05/26/16 07:49 AM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 27902
Loc: Texas
Wont eat the sheep. Don't have much urge to hunt stuff I'm not going to try and eat. Heck I eat javalina and I wont clean another Audad ram, that should say something.
It's hell eatin em live

#6312075 - 05/26/16 08:10 AM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
Hoytman Offline
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meat first.
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#6312101 - 05/26/16 08:30 AM Re: Which one to shoot. [Re: NMGW]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8860
Loc: Lubbock, TX
We've had ONE buck in nearly 40 years of hunting in Mills County that wasn't edible, and that was ~1985 or so. Bigger deer means more meat, and bigger horns are a bonus.

I've heard many conflicting things on Aoudad but have no first-hand knowledge so I can't really say. But, if I'm hunting them, I'm likely looking for the biggest one.

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