Von Hanson's Meat and Spirits
2390 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224
This is the first time that I have used them but everyone else is full. I was very pleased so far all of the ground meat was priced well and I got my steaks back in a few days. I will not get my ground product back until after Thanksgiving but that is still much faster than the other guys. It is a very small shop but seems to know what he is doing. I will be eating some of the steaks this weekend and I will let you know how they are.
Ok I did get to eat some of the elk from Von Hansons this weekend. He does not age them at all and the last three I have had done at 4 peaks and they do age them. I must say it makes a big difference I think. This is fairly tough and very bloody so I think from now on I will make an appointment at 4 peaks before I leave because if it is a late season hunt they are likely to be full. Anyway I will update you when I get the ground stuff back as well.
hi, i was wondering why u wouldnt try to do it yourself just a thought there are books out there to show u how to cut it up. i went to idaho last november and my friend aged my doe for 8 days and then cut it up and there was no game taste at all. i live in s. cal and im new to hunting at 41 lol. so i was going to ask if i got a deer could age my deer in the refrig?? its usually warm here in s. cal in oct november lol. in idaho its 23/30 degrees in my friends shop. just a thought robert
It's been a couple of years, but I have used Farabee's (spelling?) and Southwest at the Clint's Well drop off points in Clint's Well on HWY 87 for years. I'm not positive but I think Farabees moved to Chandler now as the main company location.
I was very pleased with the Farabees meat how it came out in flavor etc., with our Elk tasting exactly like beef.; but the Southwest meat seemed more gamey to the family in taste. They have asked me not to use them anymore for what it is worth. I didn't think it bad, just not as good and wonder if it has to do with how each company ages them?
This last November however, I stopped at Clint's Well for a look see, and both companies were not there in body; the equipment was, but no people. There were quite a few Elk hunters wondering what was up and what to do with the Elk they had. Nobody seemed to know what was going on there....? Maybe because it a late hunt and not as good for business, or....????
Also, the brother of the owner of Southwest happens to be Mark's Taxidermy I believe as well, so you can leave hides etc. to be processed/tanned from there as well if you like. I don't necessarily recommend them (Marks) for that, only using that once, and usually having mine shipped to a shop in Colorado for less money and better results on the hide.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...