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can anyone recommend a butcher in phx

im looking for a butcher in phx or mesa area. I have an elk hunt coming up and want to have someone to bring it to IF i get one.

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can anyone recommend a butcher in phx

Von Hanson's Meat and Spirits
2390 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 917-2525

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.

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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.

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can anyone recommend a butcher in phx

Southwestern meats in Queen Creek - they have receiving stations at Clints Well and I think others. Refrig trailer to hang meat in. You pick up in Q.C. Also heard that Casey's im Flagstaff is good.

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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 eye roll

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Since I do most of my hunting in 6A, we use the local butcher in Camp Verde and have used him for more than 10 years now..

As for 4 Peaks, my mother in law used them 2 years ago and she paid way more than I did having mine done in Camp Verde and I got a ton more meat out of mine, mostly steak and roast.

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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.

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