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Chilling antelope
Contributors to this thread:
LKH 03-Feb-22
JohnMC 03-Feb-22
WapitiBob 03-Feb-22
Paul@thefort 03-Feb-22
drycreek 03-Feb-22
Bob H in NH 03-Feb-22
Predeter 03-Feb-22
joehunter 03-Feb-22
Thornton 03-Feb-22
From: LKH
It's winter and I am bored. We often talk about how good/bad antelope meat is.

One of the issues is getting it cooled fairly soon after shot.

This year I hunted during fairly hot weather and killed a doe and buck. I was alone and over an hour drive from home so I planned accordingly. I only killed one animal before going home.

First I never gutted either animal and took the skinned quarters and other meat off. I then put them in plastic sacks. I was close to my truck and once there I had a 100 quart cooler. In the cooler I had about 15 twenty ounce soda bottles I had frozen nearly full with water. I then kept the cooler out of sun and wind for the 3-4 days I hunted.

This allowed me to place the meat on the bottles and place some on top without getting the meat wet, something I prefer. It also allowed me to keep the meat surface from getting a glaze which I hate to carve off, especially on such a small animal.

I've eaten a lot of antelope over the years and never had a bad one.

From: JohnMC
I agree on get them cool as soon as possible. I hunt them about a hour from the house. I keep some frozen milk jugs in a ice chest. When I kill one I just gut and stuff a couple in cavity and hurry home. Then quarter right away and have a fridge I put quarters it in. Worked so far with I'd guess a dozen or so goats and is always my favorite meat.

From: WapitiBob
I shoot em, quarter them, pack them to the truck, go to town and get ice.

From: Paul@thefort
Good process. good meat for sure. Yep, off the bone asap, cooled down, on the ice.

From: drycreek
I guess I’m a little different (mama told me I was). I skin and quarter and ice down in an ice chest ASAP. Since I live in Texas, I had to keep it on ice for at least two days. I always drained the chest a couple times a day and added ice as needed. Most of the time I couldn’t take it to the processor immediately when I got home so it might stay in that chest 3/4 days. As LKH said, eaten a bunch of them and never had a bad one.

From: Bob H in NH
Frozen jugs in a cooler, gutless method. Rotate jugs every day, twice first day. 4 to 5 days later cut it up. Yummm

From: Predeter
I've always deboned at the kill site and then got to a cooler and ice asap. I have had a few that have been several hours between kill and getting on ice due to pack outs or drive time, temps often in the mid 70's. Meat has always been excellent.

I think getting them out of thier hide quickly is most important.

From: joehunter

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No messing with ice or dry ice.
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No messing with ice or dry ice.
Freezer in the back of the truck that runs off an inverter- shoot them - gutless method - in breathable game bags - in the freezer with in an hour. Take them to my processor back in MI that does all my game. He thaws and cuts!

From: Thornton

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It got hot quick in August in NM this year, so I just quartered him using the gutless method next to the stock tank I shot him at, covered them in trash bags, and threw him in the ice cold water til evening.

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