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#6806161 - 06/27/17 02:38 PM Rheas/Emus
SJdport57 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 23
Are rhea and/or emu commonly hunted in Texas? If so what are some experiences hunting them? Pretty fun hunt or a giant turkey shoot? Also how do they taste? I might consider hunting them if they're worth the cost and meat!

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#6806166 - 06/27/17 02:45 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 2029
Loc: Smith County
Mulie Mike on here was offering Rhea hunts. I am sure he could answer your questions. I hunted ostriches in afrrica a couple of years ago. It was a legit tough hunt.

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#6806402 - 06/27/17 07:02 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
poisonivie Offline


Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7825
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
I haven't seen many since the big bust on exotic birds in the 80's. We had 4 pairs of emus on a ranch I worked on in the 90's. They were dumber than dirt and the meat was horrible. It wouldn't even make passable chili.
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#6806464 - 06/27/17 08:24 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
Elkhunter49 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
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Loc: Oak Harbor, Slidell La
You might try a float trip down the Nueces River. cheers




Edited by Elkhunter49 (06/27/17 08:31 PM)
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#6806527 - 06/27/17 09:51 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
mulie_mike Offline
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Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 6719
Loc: El Paso Texas
We have a bunch on one of properties. They are wild. I have not eaten one so no idea how they taste.
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#6808938 - 06/30/17 02:03 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
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The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 16978
Loc: Winters
Emus taste like lean beef, so it's not bad at all. They are also quite dumb, so they're easy to kill.
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#6809123 - 06/30/17 05:51 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
JOBK Offline
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Registered: 11/02/12
Posts: 45
Rhea meat is very tender and good , but cleaning is unpleasant.. stinks..I will not try again ..

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#6809654 - 07/01/17 12:00 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
SJdport57 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/17
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Surprisingly, I got a lot of offers for emu/rhea hunts since I started inquiring! They're not a bad "budget" exotic. I'm thinking I might try for one this fall just for fun. Cheaper than a ram hunt and honestly nothing can be as bad as ram meat!

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#6809986 - 07/01/17 06:47 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
A friend used to raise Emu and the meat was just fine. We cut it into little steaks and battered and fried it. Hard to tell it from beef.
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#6810753 - 07/02/17 09:28 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
djs303 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 278
Loc: Jackson County
The meat is similar to venison back strap. You can also render the oil from an emu and use it for hand lotion or on sunburn as a moisturizer.

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#6812512 - 07/04/17 07:53 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 5669
Loc: Graham to Arlington
We killed a few after the prices dropped and folks turned them loose. The emu meat was pretty good I thought but the eggs needed to be cooked all the way through it was not good left runny but would make an omelette for four.
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#6813231 - 07/05/17 02:47 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
SJdport57 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 23
I've been wondering what kind of a trophy one of these birds would make? I don't have the $$$ for a whole body mount, so I wonder if you could preserve the wings and legs almost like a turkey wall display. Just an idea...anyone else got any?


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#6815438 - 07/07/17 03:59 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
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Registered: 05/10/13
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What is the going rate for this type of hunt? Seems like it would be a fun trip.

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#6815957 - 07/07/17 11:08 PM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: the lab]
SJdport57 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 23
I've been quoted at anywhere from $900-$350 for a rhea or emu hunt. It depends on the package

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#6816256 - 07/08/17 11:16 AM Re: Rheas/Emus [Re: SJdport57]
deerfeeder Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 04/27/07
Posts: 7676
Loc: Southwest, Tx
One of the ranches I guided on had Rheas. After the exotic bird will make you millions bust, they wanted them eliminated. The ones we shot ALL had some sort of worms, almost like tapeworms, and nobody would eat them. If you can drain the eggs, they are cool when decorated like Easter eggs.

I would shoot them with a Rossi .357 mag, lever gun using 125 grain semi jacket hollow points. When hit it would look like a pillow exploded. Sometimes it would take two hits to put them down for good though.
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