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#7068911 - 02/06/18 08:57 PM Axis meat taste bad
BaffinBoy Offline
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So I shot an axis, prob 2 1/2 year old small buck. The meat is so gamey I canít eat it, Iíve shot several over the last 5 years that all have tasted good, all ages and sexes. I have used the same processor for 10 years which is Schotts in Helotes, I stand by them giving you what you shot. The only theory I have is I shot it at about 4pm on a warmer day and it wasnít gutted till probably 7pm bc I finished the evening hunt before retrieving it. Any thoughts ?

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#7068930 - 02/06/18 09:13 PM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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If I had to guess I'd say you waited too long to field dress it. Personally I wouldn't let one lay for 3 hours unless it was a really cold day. I'm not judging you, just giving a personal opinion.

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#7068939 - 02/06/18 09:17 PM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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3hrs is a little long for getting it gutted. Getting those guts out letís the meat cool faster. You need that meat under 70 degrees as quickly as possible. From there you have a few days. The only deer I ever killed that tasted bad was one that I didnít find the same day. It was cold, but he didnít die the quick painless death he deserved, and then those guts sat in him for a good while. Yeah he really wasnít good. While 3hrs is far from ideal, I wouldnít have guessed it would ruin it, but that sounds like thatís what happened. Axis are big. The bigger the animal, the harder it is to cool them quickly. 3hrs before gutting an axis might be like 5-6 for a white tail.


Edited by ImBillT (02/06/18 09:18 PM)

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#7069066 - 02/07/18 05:08 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: ImBillT]
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Originally Posted By: ImBillT
3hrs is a little long for getting it gutted. Getting those guts out letís the meat cool faster. You need that meat under 70 degrees as quickly as possible. From there you have a few days. The only deer I ever killed that tasted bad was one that I didnít find the same day. It was cold, but he didnít die the quick painless death he deserved, and then those guts sat in him for a good while. Yeah he really wasnít good. While 3hrs is far from ideal, I wouldnít have guessed it would ruin it, but that sounds like thatís what happened. Axis are big. The bigger the animal, the harder it is to cool them quickly. 3hrs before gutting an axis might be like 5-6 for a white tail.


You need the meat under 41 degrees within a few hours. Bacteria forms at any temperature above 41 degrees.
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#7069112 - 02/07/18 06:39 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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I don't think 3 hrs would ruin it. How long before you skinned it and put it on ice?
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#7069118 - 02/07/18 06:42 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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Iím thinking I did let it sit too long I guess. I have shot dozens of deer in the past and let them sit a few hours while I continue to hunt till dark and they never tasted bad. But maybe it was colder on those days? Itís really disappointing I have a ton of fresh axis I canít eat. In the future I guess Iíll just not finish my hunt if I shoot early and immediately tend to the animal.

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#7069119 - 02/07/18 06:43 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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Also did you sling it up on your hood and tie it down then drive home?

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#7069121 - 02/07/18 06:44 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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Pitchfork, it was gutted about 3 hours after I shot and put in a walk in cooler at a processor.

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#7069124 - 02/07/18 06:46 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
BaffinBoy Offline
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Snake, I drive it from Rocksprings to SA 2 days later gutted, it was stiff cold and I put ice in the cavity. Iíve been doing the same thing going on 6 years now, never had a bad tasting animal.

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#7069149 - 02/07/18 07:03 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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Originally Posted By: BaffinBoy
Snake, I drive it from Rocksprings to SA 2 days later gutted, it was stiff cold and I put ice in the cavity. Iíve been doing the same thing going on 6 years now, never had a bad tasting animal.


IDK maybe it was sick or something......

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#7069155 - 02/07/18 07:09 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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Two things contributed to the tainted meat.
The three hours before gutting and leaving the hide on it for a couple of days.
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#7069160 - 02/07/18 07:16 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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The best tasting meat is always the meat that is handled properly.
If it wasn't, everyone would be doing it.

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#7069185 - 02/07/18 07:44 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
BaffinBoy Offline
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Pope, we typically gut then take them to a walk in cooler, typically they chill in there for a few days before we head back home and drop them off at a processor, never once has one ever tasted this way so Iím guessing maybe I let it sit too long but Iíve also done that before and never had bad meat. The shot was also a little more behind the shoulder then I would have liked, maybe it hit some guts then leaving it sit for 3 hours Iím not cold weather ?

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#7069235 - 02/07/18 08:16 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: Pope&Young]
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Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
Two things contributed to the tainted meat.
The three hours before gutting and leaving the hide on it for a couple of days.



Negatory. Cold aging a deer with the hide on is preferred. IF, it is shot, gutted and in a walk-in within an hour. This hunter let an animal lay way too long in warm weather and got meat spoilage.

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#7069244 - 02/07/18 08:21 AM Re: Axis meat taste bad [Re: BaffinBoy]
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How hot was it? Should be good unless it was 100 in full sun.

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