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Antelope Meat

Before i went antelope hunting I was told that antelope meat was too gamey, but I ate my goat and all the subsequent ones I have taken and think the meat is some of the best I've eaten.  What do you think about antelope meat compared to other game meats.

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Antelope is one of the best

Antelope is one of the best meats out there provided that you treat it right and it sounds like you did.  The secret is to get the hide off of it and cool the meat down as fast as possible.  I usually have the skin off of them within a half hour after they are dead and then into a large cooler if I have to stay in the back country and it usually goes into the cooler if I am headed home right then.  I have seen hunters treat it like it is a deer and haul it all over the country side before they skin it out, and then they wonder why it taste the way that it does. 

But it is a lot like any wild game meat.  If you don't take care of it you will get that lovely gamely flavor that nobody likes. 

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I think you're right.  I am

I think you're right.  I am very fortunate to have a nearby meat processor where I hunt antelopes.  The guy does an excellent job and vacuum packs everything.  One of the best meat processors I've come across.  Pretty cool going there too because you get to see all the antelope, elk and mule deer other hunters have taken.

Even locally, I am able to get the deer to the processor from the field in just a hour or two.  So you're right about it affecting the quaility of the meat.

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I learned how to take care of

I learned how to take care of them by running around with a old Greek that liked to hunt ferrel goats in Utah.  Since antelope are really goats I figured that he knew what he was talking about along with how he was doing it.  I have never lost any meat on one by taking care of them that way and don't plan to since they are so good eating.  I even shot one one year and couldn't get it to town for about a week.  That meat stayed nice and cool in an old military blood cooler with frozen milk jugs in the bottom of it for 6 days with the tempatures into the 90's every day.  The only trouble that I had that year was keeping the other hunters out of the cooler when it came time for dinner.  They all wanted more backstraps. 

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Antelopes are really goats? 

Antelopes are really goats?  That is a new one for me.  I know they aren't really antelope, but I thought they were their own species unique to North America.  On a related note, I learned that mountain goats are not really goats but are actually antelopes.  Oh it is so confusing.

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I guess that I souldn't of

I guess that I souldn't of said that they were a goat since they really belong to a animal family that they are the only remaining one of.  But they are similar to goats in the skin and hair structure in how you need to take care of them after they have met there demise. 

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I was the same way at first. 

I was the same way at first.  I had been told they were really gamey and strong.  Somebody then gave me some, and I cooked it just like I do me deer, with butter and onions in a pan.  Came out awesome.  As others have said, one of the better eating meats out there, IMO.

I like it so much I am trying to organize a trip to Wyoming to hunt them, possibly this neat year.

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Antelope is great meat if it

Antelope is great meat if it is properly cared for just like any other wild game.  I think that while antelope are hunted durning warmer temps you have to get is cooled and it a cooler ASAP.  We eat alot of antelope here....my wife makes a killer jerky and summer sausage.  We even eat antelope burgers alot.....makinmg my self hungry!!

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i definitely will go to WY to

i definitely will go to WY to hunt antelope next year if I am able to draw a tag.  I want to do an archery hunt for them, but only one friend bow hunts so I might have to go alone or rifle hunt with the guys.  We usually put in as a party and it is fun to go with friends.

We hunt during the day, eat dinner and just relax.  Antelope is a relaxing social hunt the way we do it.

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I am glad that you guys were

I am glad that you guys were able to talk yourselves through that little biology lesson and remind yourselves that pronghorn are not goats ha ha. Pronghorn and their evolutionary path are really interesting. They are a very unique in physiology and morphology. On another interesting note, they evolved to run so fast because they evolved with the selection pressure of a North American Cheetah. I have seen renditions of the cats mug based on the skulls that we have and it looks like a 50 - 50 split between a mountain lion and an African cheetah. Very cool. 

As far as the meat goes... I love it. It is right up there with elk, but it is more tender. I had heard the same thing before I had tried it... "its gamey and mushy". That is total BS. Here's my conclusion. You can tell how a guy hunts pronghorn by his opinion of the meat. If he likes the taste of the meat, he most likely hunts off foot or from a blind and does not spook his game before killing it. If he speaks out against the taste of the meat than he probably is one of the many people who drive around till they find a group of pronghorn, hop and and take a shot that misses, then hop back in their truck and follow the group until they can get another shot. I have watched many people do this and I want no part in it. The meat from animals taken this way are sure to not taste great... doesn't matter if the animal is an elk, deer or a pronghorn. 

 

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Pronghorn and their

Pronghorn and their evolutionary path are really interesting. They are a very unique in physiology and morphology

This sounds like it could be an intersting topic.  Can you start a thread and let us know some of the unique physiology about the pronghorn and their evolution?  I'd be interesting in learning more about them without having to work hard and research  it myself

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