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Beef or Sheep?
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Contributors to this thread:
MQQSE 12-Jan-22
Twinetickler 12-Jan-22
Quinn @work 12-Jan-22
Rut Nut 12-Jan-22
timex 12-Jan-22
Southern draw 12-Jan-22
drycreek 12-Jan-22
Rocky D 12-Jan-22
Yellowjacket 12-Jan-22
swampyankee 12-Jan-22
Novembermadman 12-Jan-22
skull 12-Jan-22
t-roy 12-Jan-22
sitO 12-Jan-22
btnbuck 12-Jan-22
PushCoArcher 12-Jan-22
ahunter76 12-Jan-22
t-roy 12-Jan-22
sitO 12-Jan-22
Zebrakiller 13-Jan-22
DonVathome 13-Jan-22
DanaC 13-Jan-22
Scoot 13-Jan-22
HiMtnHnter 13-Jan-22
LINK 13-Jan-22
Shiloh 13-Jan-22
Inshart 13-Jan-22
Southern draw 13-Jan-22
Mike Ukrainetz 13-Jan-22
Mike Ukrainetz 13-Jan-22
Rock 13-Jan-22
Yellowjacket 13-Jan-22
LKH 13-Jan-22
BullBuster 13-Jan-22
Butcherboy 13-Jan-22
Pop-r 13-Jan-22
t-roy 13-Jan-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 14-Jan-22
M.Pauls 14-Jan-22
Butcherboy 14-Jan-22
LINK 14-Jan-22
TD 14-Jan-22
Treeline 14-Jan-22
LKH 14-Jan-22
Shuteye 15-Jan-22
Aubs8 15-Jan-22
RK 15-Jan-22
[email protected] 16-Jan-22
Butcherboy 16-Jan-22
From: MQQSE
12-Jan-22

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I know the answer to that question! I just finished cooking a strip steak and a few ewe sheep steaks. I’m no fine cook, but it’s hard to believe how significant the difference is. It never ceases to amaze me.

Knowing everyone has access to different game and certainly different opinions made me wonder what everyone’s number one game meat is?

From: Twinetickler
12-Jan-22
As of this year ram steaks are #1 on my list. Good stuff!

From: Quinn @work
12-Jan-22
Cow moose filet.

From: Rut Nut
12-Jan-22
I shot a young caribou years ago that was the best game meat I ever tasted! It was a sad day when I pulled the last package out of the freezer.....

From: timex
12-Jan-22

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My son with a nice yellowfin
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My son with a nice yellowfin
No sheep ram or moose in va so I'm stuck with venison. But on the other hand I get to eat fresh yellowfin tuna all summer so it kinda makes up for it

12-Jan-22
I’m on the wild sheep camp as well hard to beat.

From: drycreek
12-Jan-22
Elk, antelope, and deer are all I’ve ever had. Elk and lope tie for first with mule deer being last.

From: Rocky D
12-Jan-22
My wife used to say that I could give away whatever I wanted but if they wanted sheep they better come for dinner!

Decided to edit my list!

Dall sheep

Elk

Deer

Moose

caribou

From: Yellowjacket
12-Jan-22
I shot a fawn antelope once that was the best ever. Oryx is next. Calf or yearling cow elk right up there too.

From: swampyankee
12-Jan-22
moose

12-Jan-22
Definitely moose for me.....I thought bison was good but the moose even topped that.

From: skull
12-Jan-22
Pronghorn #1 for me

From: t-roy
12-Jan-22
Moose is my favorite N American game that I’ve had, but we had several different African plains game dishes, while on safari that were unbelievable.

From: sitO
12-Jan-22

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Am I the only one that saw this?

From: btnbuck
12-Jan-22
For turf, Caribou is the best I've had with Moose being a close second. My whitetail venison is really good also if you don't shoot the older ones.( I tend to shoot some smaller ones) ;-)

Being close to Lake Erie and having a boat I also have a lot of walleye fillets when it comes to surf.

From: PushCoArcher
12-Jan-22
Pronghorn is my favorite although I've never had sheep.

From: ahunter76
12-Jan-22

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I've taken Elk, Caribou, Bear, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Hogs, Buffalo, Exotic Sheep (Mouflan), Antelope, Axis & Fallow Deer. Buffalo, elk, Caribou, Axis are for me ALL excellent. Everything else BUT Sheep is good.. Sheep, what I have had is NASTY.. Buffalo & Caribou is a toss up for "best".

From: t-roy
12-Jan-22
You need to go easy on those Red Bull/vodka shooters, sitO! ;-)

From: sitO
12-Jan-22
I'm on the Kratom now, it's all methed up

From: Zebrakiller
13-Jan-22

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NILGIA

13-Jan-22
Zebra killer , I have heard those and black buck are the best on the continent. Of course not native. For native animals a properly handled moose is my favorite . My first AK moose we were sloppy and got rutted up pissy hair on the meat. And most of the meat tasted that way. Next time I knew to be more careful and what a difference. Eland, Zebra, are excellent too. But I love all venison. I have never been served any domestic sheep that I could get past the smell. Lamb or sheep. Never eaten wild sheep

From: DonVathome
13-Jan-22
Tough one. Bison, orynx (tough meat), sheep, gator (REALLY good), cow elk

From: DanaC
13-Jan-22
re deer meat it depends on feed imo. I've eaten older bucks that were corn-fed and sweet, younger soybean-fed that were also delicious. Acorn-fed, meh. Winter browse? No thanks!

From: Scoot
13-Jan-22
Tough to call between antelope and mountain lion.

From: HiMtnHnter
13-Jan-22
Our family generally has a mix of elk, deer [whitetail and mule deer], and antelope every year. Once in a while we get some Moose from friends. Never had caribou or sheep.... in our taste tests, antelope is always near the top. Cow elk, too... I would like to try sheep.

From: LINK
13-Jan-22
“ I shot a fawn antelope once that was the best ever.”

Fawn mignon of about any specie is going to be hard to beat. I had a friend one time kill a pair of 40 pound whitetail with milk mustaches. Hung them from the rafter of the garage, jerked the hide off almost without a knife and threw the back straps straight on the grill. You aren’t going to beat that with any mature animal.

From: Shiloh
13-Jan-22
Frog legs deep fried

From: Inshart
13-Jan-22
I think the very best meat I've ever eaten was Mt. Lion. Elk tender loin is darn tough to beat tho.

13-Jan-22
I’m on the wild sheep camp as well hard to beat.

13-Jan-22
Dall Sheep up on the mountain after days of eating freeze dried food!

13-Jan-22
Dall Sheep up on the mountain after days of eating freeze dried food!

From: Rock
13-Jan-22
Not sure I have a favorite as it really depends on the cut and how it is prepared, I love it all. But wild sheep is hard to beat.

From: Yellowjacket
13-Jan-22
I've bow killed both a ram and ewe bighorn. The December rutting ram was better eating than the ewe. Go figure. But sheep not even in my top 5.

From: LKH
13-Jan-22
Posted the before so I'll make it short.

Cooked a Dall backstrap and a big bull caribou backstrap. Kept them separate and 2 guides, the outfitter, and 2 clients spent 10 minutes arguing before they decided which was which. They did get it right.

From: BullBuster
13-Jan-22
Wow my dall tasted muttony. It was edible but not great. Moose tops my list.

From: Butcherboy
13-Jan-22
The one bighorn sheep I had was excellent. I didn’t like caribou. I like elk, oryx, and antelope quite a bit.

Overall, since the op asked beef or sheep? I’m going with grain fed beef every time! Lol

From: Pop-r
13-Jan-22
Alfalfa fed antelope is probably the best red meat on earth.

From: t-roy
13-Jan-22
Agreed Butcherboy!….Nothing better than a well marbled ribeye.

Altitude Sickness……I’m not much of a fan of mutton, either, but we had some lamb chops grilled over a wood fire at a braai (South African BBQ) when we were on Safari. They were unbelievably good. They were grilled medium-well. No hint at all of that muttony smell or taste. Kind of reminded me of a well seared ribeye.

14-Jan-22
Definitely a good beef fillet over sheep.

On a derail the thread note

It’s funny how in every part of the nation hunters complain about not getting their entire game animal back from the processor.

If any knowledgeable processor was stealing meat, they would steal beef.

People shoot an animal 2 times, drag it through the dirt, drive it around in a truck then think a 150 deer will produce 100 pounds of meat.

14-Jan-22
I don't know how you can eat Pronghorn antelope, the two I had were awful. They were taken care of pronto, dog wouldn't eat them.

From: M.Pauls
14-Jan-22
Moose at the top for me from the species I’ve had. Elk second. And whitetail right behind it. Man I used to not like deer so much because we ate so much of it growing up but I actually really look forward to it now. I’m weird but I’m putting caribou behind deer. I feel like I can actually taste lichen. If anyone could donate some wild sheep to my cause I will gladly revise my list. Just haven’t tried it. But then you can have a true unmolested opinion on it, because it won’t have a 30k price tag attached to it ;)

As for the beef thing, it’s a no brainer, but I view beef a little like potato chips. I have much healthier options in the freezer that should comprise most of my diet, but dang it, I sure do like a big ol fatty bone-in ribeye every now n then.

From: Butcherboy
14-Jan-22
Altitude sickness, spot on! I agree 100%

From: LINK
14-Jan-22
Altitude I’ve had beef done about 6 different places over the past 5 years. I’ve yields anywhere from 48-70% of the carcass weight. I understand some of that can be how much bone in you have and what the animal is. That said my beef is all very similar and fed with the same formula. I know two of those guys that yielded below 50% were taking meat. I was at ones house as he was grilling steaks and he told me if he didn’t ever raise beef he was buying mine as it looked the best. I have no doubt that’s what he had on his grill at the moment. His dad later fired him for steeling cash. The other outfit was a mess I just didn’t learn about them until after I used them. In this covid mess of trying to get animals in I’ve had to use some far enough from home that I didn’t know their reputation. I agree most don’t steal meat but some sure enough do. Now that I’ve gotten the processors within 2 hours figured out there’s about 4 out of the 6 that I’ll use in the future. The one that was eating my steaks was selling half a beef a week on Facebook. I have no doubt he was skimming 10% off every beef and coming up with halves to sell. It’s no different than any business, there’s dishonest folks in every industry. I dropped live animals off at these places and they weren’t drug through the mud. I get your point though that many probably do lose meat from their own poor field care.

From: TD
14-Jan-22
Antelope seems to be a mystery wrapped in an enigma..... =D

The lope I've had was awesome and I'd have to put it at the top of my list of wild game, at least that I've tried. I know folks like above who fed it to their dogs, couldn't eat it. How that is I don't know, the guys referenced know how to care for game. Maybe rutted up or what they've been eating? Don't know.

Haven't had NA sheep, but have had feral sheep and that was real good. Strange enough, eaten a bunch of mouflon sheep and would rate it between mule deer and feral goat.

A dead heat for second is axis deer and elk. Then it gets animal dependent combined with who's the chef with a side order of how starving I am. Have gone back and forth. Young is always gonna beat old. Kinda makes sense as both animals are grazers rather than browsers. In many ways axis are just mini-elk.

Moose was excellent too, and hands down by far my favorite browsers. Which moves a good deal of other venison farther down the list..... =D

I'm waiting on reading Fuzzy's list though. Should be interesting if not entertaining!

From: Treeline
14-Jan-22
Pronghorn, Dall sheep, Caribou, Kansas whitetails, Columbia blacktail, Sitka blacktail, and axis deer all are pretty well tied for first. Not sure I could figure out which was best out of them. My wife was not a fan of sheep but the rest are her favorites as well.

Not a big fan of oryx, moose, bison, late season mule deer, mountain goat, aoudad, lion, or bear but they can be made edible.

From: LKH
14-Jan-22
For caribou, do not cook well done. It can develop what I refer to as "liver" taste.

From: Shuteye
15-Jan-22
Sitka for me is tops but I agree with Timex, Yellowfin Tuna is great. I used to drive down to the Outer Banks of North Caroline to catch them. Too far for me to drive nowadays but my daughter brings me some from time to time. They also have some of the best hot sauce on the planet.

From: Aubs8
15-Jan-22
Caribou, Dall sheep, moose and elk....

But I have a beef pot roast in the oven as I type :)

From: RK
15-Jan-22
Beef, Beef, nilgai antelope, any and all African game, moose, caribou, the rest of the North American game

16-Jan-22
Antelope and Whitetail are probably my tops but I've had great meals from most popular species. Had some not so great as well. Last trip to AK I brought a big box of halibut we caught home. Seasoned like steak and grilled it was a sad day when it ran out.

Just cooked the second 1/2 of a huge prime rib my brother bought at Christmas. I could be happy eating just wild game but maybe not quite as happy as that first bite of prime rib with some outside crust dipped in really hot au jus.

From: Butcherboy
16-Jan-22

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