It is interesting that on here we all rave about the antelope meat, but outside this site people complain about it. I think it is one of those things where perception does not meet reality. I think the people complain probably really haven't eaten antelope and are just repeating what they heard.
I also believe that antelope meat is one of the best table fares out there! I have only been on one antelope hunt but a successful one it was! There were five of us hunting and we all filled our tags. We didn't, however, do what you guys are suggesting and get the meat cooled right away. Instead, we waited until the last lope tag was filled that day and then took them all to the processor together.
They were field dressed and then put in the trunk of our rental car (I didn't know any better at the time)
The processor that we went to outside of Casper, WY was really good. It was like a hunting social spot. When we walked in I thought I was in a bar! There must have been 10-15 guys in there just chatting it up for the social aspect. They did, however, have a few snide comments about us "California" hunters pulling up in a white Dodge Dynasty with a trunk so full of antelope that we had to bungee the lid closed!
Besides the awesome job they did processing and packing the meat, they had a keg on tap and the beer was included in the price of the processing!
If I can ever find pictures of that hunt, you'll get the rest of the story!
That is a good story. I used a processor in Casper once but he didn't have a keg for us to partake. I'll need to get the name of your processor if I ever go back to casper. The processors I used in Wy do a much better job than the ones I have used here. i think so much of their business depends on it that they are equipped better for it and have a better attitude about it. For the processors here, it is a side business and i think some think it is a pain.
""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"
You got it CVC. When I get a chance I will try and track down my notes from mammolgy and post some stuff. I think a lot of people would find the stuff that I learn in my degree boring but I think you guys are the right audience to appreciate it.
Thanks and I doubt that I will find it boring. The pronghorn is such a beautiful animal and it would be interesting to know about what makes them unique. The first time I saw one was after I moved to Kansas. I was driving down I35 and saw a herd of these strange animals running. I had no idea what they were. After talking to my co-workers I found out that Kansas had reintroduced them in the flint hills. The herd is there but not really doing as well as they hoped. YOu can hunt them in western kansas.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...