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#6475425 - 09/30/16 07:30 PM Processors?
Bear Charge Offline
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Registered: 05/20/11
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Obviously, you dont tag an exotic but what proof do you take to a processor? How different is an axis shoulder, ham, backstrap from a whitetail?
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#6475558 - 09/30/16 09:51 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
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I've never been asked for proof of specie when dropping off an axis.
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#6478056 - 10/03/16 06:59 AM Re: Processors? [Re: TexFlip]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I've never been asked for proof of specie when dropping off an axis.

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#6487208 - 10/08/16 09:50 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
TX_Diver Offline
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Registered: 07/15/14
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Last processor I went to wanted the head for proof of species. Took him 3 black buck does.

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#6487405 - 10/09/16 05:51 AM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
Curtis Offline
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I use Rust Game Place near New Braunsfels on 46. He has only asked me what it was. I have talked with different game wardens and even called TPWD about it over the years. A wildlife resource document will suffice is what I was told. If the game processor didn't want that I would take my business elsewhere.
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#6487565 - 10/09/16 09:55 AM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
John Humbert Offline
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Any processer worth their salt can tell an exotic from a whitetail just by looking at the meat.

Just saying.

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#6490732 - 10/11/16 01:11 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
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Never been questioned about it. Just told them what it was and they took my info.
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#6490736 - 10/11/16 01:15 PM Re: Processors? [Re: TexFlip]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I've never been asked for proof of specie when dropping off an axis.


^ This - nor when I have dropped off Sika, Blackbuck, Fallow...and soon to be Red Deer

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#6490834 - 10/11/16 02:04 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
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Also with some out of state non-exotics, you don't get to keep the tag. NM pronghorn was one where the tag didn't accompany the animal back.
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#6490889 - 10/11/16 02:31 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
Tony270 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/16
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Loc: Peoria, AZ
In 2014 I shot what I thought was a Mouflon Ram and took it into the processor and told them the same thing. After they caped it they sent it to my taxidermist who said (That's a dam nice RED SHEEP you have here). Also being from Arizona it was my first time seeing one on my property!
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#6491415 - 10/11/16 08:12 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Tony270]
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We have those red sheep on our prooerty their in Montell too they come from the Ox ranch behind us.

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#6491445 - 10/11/16 08:32 PM Re: Processors? [Re: John Humbert]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext

We had a few whitetail and axis skinned and hanging in the cooler, you couldn't hardly tell the difference when they were side by side. If you looked close you tell a difference in color, but it wasn't true for all of the deer, maybe their diet or how well they bled, who knows.
We have always kept the hides in the cooler or at least photos and we have had some insist on keeping a head.
Although I have never heard of anyone getting questioned one way or the other, I am sure that it has happened.
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#6492956 - 10/12/16 07:07 PM Re: Processors? [Re: Bear Charge]
John Humbert Offline
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Axis meat is very easy to tell from WT. A trait of the species is that they do not store fat in muscle tissue. In other words, the meat is never marbled. Whitetail is always marbled to some extent, although it might be low.

This trait of axis is why the USDA considers - and labels - axis meat as "fat-free".

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