I take all the "elk/deer is tender" with a grain of salt. I have been processing my own venison since I was a child helping my dad with deer he shot from loading in the truck through putting it on the table. Yes you can have edible and even good steaks from deer that are properly cared for and prepared, but in most instances a beef steak from a similar cut will be hands down better than the venison... now how much cheap steaks, think choice sirloin etc have you had that was a bit tuff? Now think its a deer and 10 times as lean, yeah they aren't all as tender as people make them out to be. I bet for every wife like creekrunner's who gets a taste and wants more there are a dozen who want a beef steak.
It's hell eatin em live