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#7007497 - 12/22/17 01:37 PM Anyone ever ate a nasty elk?
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I've had elk meat several times and it's always been good

Just cooked up a pound of ground meat from my Colorado bull and it smells and tastes like it smelled when it walked up to it


Is this normal? I always thought elk was some of the better eating stuff out there
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#7007510 - 12/22/17 01:43 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Had a Colorado mule deer that was that way and had to trash it, killed some elk but never had any rut smell or bad meat. Had he been running before the kill, stressed animals can taste gamey. rifle

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#7007522 - 12/22/17 01:50 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I agree. Iíve got an elk in the freezer that Iím not pleased with. Hamburger meat is great. Steaks and roasts are gamey and tougher than boot leather. Nearly unedible. Ive always thought elk was better than deer. Not this one.

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#7007565 - 12/22/17 02:23 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Shot this elk at dark.

Went and gutted it and left it there. Bone head mistake but I did forget to prop the cavity open

It got down to 18 degrees that night.

Went the next morning and started work on him ....steam was still comming out between the hindquarters

Got him skinned and quartered and deboned and put the meat on ice

I ate some ham steaks the other day. It was ok. Jerky and salami is delicious.

This ground meat is pretty rough
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#7007580 - 12/22/17 02:34 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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My grandfather was a butcher all his life and carried a metal spoon with him. When people brought in the game for processing, hogs whatever. He would cut a piece of fat off carcass, use his lighter to melt fat in the spoon, if it stunk entire animal went to cold cuts, salami, dry sausage something you didn't have to heat and eat. That's what gives off the stink is when you heat it. This was a long time ago , today you'd swear he was a crack addict, with his spoon! You could take all your meat and have it turned into jerky salami ect and it shouldn't smell. Just don't heat it. I follow his tricks with all the hogs and deer I kill. If the fat stinks there's no amount of apples in cold water tricks, or marinade that is going to take out the stink. Maybe if you use enough cream cheese and jalapenos with lots of ketchup!!!!

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#7007588 - 12/22/17 02:42 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I have never heard of the "heating the fat trick". I will try that sometime.

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#7007616 - 12/22/17 03:12 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I heat a bit of fat off hogs. If it stinks, I make sure and trim really tight. If it smells nice, I will toss it in grinder pile.

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#7007647 - 12/22/17 03:33 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I have had a mule deer and an elk from the sage flats, both were nasty.

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#7007662 - 12/22/17 03:42 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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The cow I shot was great. The bull was okay. There wasnít anything wrong with the meat, it just wasnít nearly as good as the cow. I also had better access to the cow and was able to get her quartered and on ice quicker, although the bull was handled well. I bet itís a combination of a nasty old bull and how it was handled.
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#7007673 - 12/22/17 03:54 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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When I take 2 deer to the processor Iíve never had them separate and package separately. Maybe I should in case I get a funky deer?

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#7007679 - 12/22/17 04:03 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Ground elk, to me, always smells like a gut shot when being cooked. My brother gave me all of his ground elk from his last one because be can't stomach it. Tastes fine, just smells when cooking.

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#7007681 - 12/22/17 04:09 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Don't know never killed elk but deer are sometimes different if I can soak the blood out in some ice water for couple days seems to make it really mild.
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#7007690 - 12/22/17 04:17 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: Sneaky]
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
The cow I shot was great. The bull was okay. There wasnít anything wrong with the meat, it just wasnít nearly as good as the cow. I also had better access to the cow and was able to get her quartered and on ice quicker, although the bull was handled well. I bet itís a combination of a nasty old bull and how it was handled.


Don't know if you saw the pic but he wasn't a young bull


In hindsight I should have skinned him but it was late and we were 6 miles from camp and I assumed due to the freezing temps he would be ok gutted and hide on.
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#7007692 - 12/22/17 04:18 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Ground elk, to me, always smells like a gut shot when being cooked. My brother gave me all of his ground elk from his last one because be can't stomach it. Tastes fine, just smells when cooking.



This smells and Tastes like they ground up the hock and threw it in with the meat
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#7007825 - 12/22/17 05:41 PM Re: Anyone ever ate a nasty elk? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
The cow I shot was great. The bull was okay. There wasnít anything wrong with the meat, it just wasnít nearly as good as the cow. I also had better access to the cow and was able to get her quartered and on ice quicker, although the bull was handled well. I bet itís a combination of a nasty old bull and how it was handled.


Don't know if you saw the pic but he wasn't a young bull


In hindsight I should have skinned him but it was late and we were 6 miles from camp and I assumed due to the freezing temps he would be ok gutted and hide on.



Yes, I remember seeing him. I would expect him to taste less than great, but not bad.

They can be left with the hide on in cooler temps, but itís best if you can at least quarter and hang for circulation. I would not have expecting to have steam coming out of the carcass in your situation. I guess that goes to show just how well insulated they are. Now we know. Experience is the greatest teacher.
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