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Are Sika good eating? #7687693 12/13/19 02:02 PM
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I shot 2 sika does. Free range. Are they good table fare? Comparable to what?


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7687714 12/13/19 02:14 PM
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Id call them comparable to just about any other exotic or WT you would shoot in the area. I find with similar prep there isn't much difference.


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They seem close to elk in taste to me. I would think the taste would be affected by their diet as well. The one I ate was a free range Sika, so a ranch managed animal might be a little different.

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I shot a old rutty stinky sika bull and he was delicious. One of the best eating animal I have ever eaten.


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7687793 12/13/19 03:17 PM
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Ive eaten both Japanese and Dyboswki and both were very good.


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7687802 12/13/19 03:22 PM
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Sika are closely related to elk and red deer, they taste similar to both, which is better than whitetail and fallow.


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7687832 12/13/19 03:41 PM
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I've only shot one, and it was an older bull. On the same trip, my wife took a couple of axis does. While each tasted different and axis is by far the best, the Sika was Delicious!!!! Reminded me of elk more then anything else. If the opportunity happens, I'd shot sika deer over whitetail for eating without thinking twice about it.

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I have been lucky to have taken at least 20 Sika........my opinion,,,,,,,the best exotic meat.
Buck or doe.......never had a gamy one.


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: Black02z28] #7689182 12/15/19 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Black02z28
Ive eaten both Japanese and Dyboswki and both were very good.

Same hear, dang good


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7689781 12/15/19 10:53 PM
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they are excellent! Wet age them for several days for sure. They can be a bit stinky but it doesn't effect flavor


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Thanks so much. I had them processed at a place in Mason and will pick up in a week or so.


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let us know what you think

So far the Fallow I shot in November is good, only had the sausage so far. I can taste a difference in axis and definitely whitetail.

I'll make some tacos with the ground meat, see how it is

he he, my girlfriend likes it too


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I've heard nothing but good about them.

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They make whitetail taste like liver
Especially when they're young
These two taken at Chincoteague NWR
They eat the grasses growing from the saltwater marsh and are marinated when they hit the ground

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I just finished a bowl of sika chili. It was delicious!


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I think it's better than Axis or Oryx

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Originally Posted by gemihur
They make whitetail taste like liver
Especially when they're young
These two taken at Chincoteague NWR
They eat the grasses growing from the saltwater marsh and are marinated when they hit the ground


Those free range in VA?


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Re: Are Sika good eating? [Re: FamousAmos] #7717670 01/14/20 05:15 PM
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Picked up my meat last weekend. I paid for basic processing. The guy taking my sikas marked "backstraps whole" and "add fat to ground." What I got was a box with four whole backstraps, two packages of tenderloins, and everything else was ground. No steaks. I am pretty bummed. He gave me a $50 credit because of it but I really wanted to try steaks.


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Originally Posted by FamousAmos
Picked up my meat last weekend. I paid for basic processing. The guy taking my sikas marked "backstraps whole" and "add fat to ground." What I got was a box with four whole backstraps, two packages of tenderloins, and everything else was ground. No steaks. I am pretty bummed. He gave me a $50 credit because of it but I really wanted to try steaks.


Did you ask for steaks when placing the order?

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Originally Posted by FamousAmos
Picked up my meat last weekend. I paid for basic processing. The guy taking my sikas marked "backstraps whole" and "add fat to ground." What I got was a box with four whole backstraps, two packages of tenderloins, and everything else was ground. No steaks. I am pretty bummed. He gave me a $50 credit because of it but I really wanted to try steaks.

Take your backstraps and cut them into 3" thick medallions, then butterfly the medallions. Viola! 1 1/2" thick steaks!


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Great eating!

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First meal with sika was chili with three pounds of the ground. Outstanding.


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Good eating

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It is good!!

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Just made a sika pot roast yesterday...wife thought it was the best ever!

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