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Can You Eat It?

So, I'm thinking about hunting Big Horn but was wondering, what do you do with the carcass after the kill??  I don't know anyone who's ever hunted Big Horn, so I don't know if most people would eat the meat or not.  If so, does it resemble deer or Elk?  Thanks,

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It is closer to deer than elk

It is closer to deer than elk and more like mutton or regular sheep

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I've heard it's

I've heard it's excellent......

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Market hunting in the 1800's

Market hunting in the 1800's just about wiped out most of the wild sheep populations. At the time sheep meat was preferred over other available species (elk, deer, buffalo). Big game hunters of the late 1800's and early to mid 1900's always raved about the quality of meat from wild sheep. Most of todays trophy sheep hunters (at least the ethical ones) take great pains to ensure that the meat from the kill is well cared for.

Regardless of species, a hunter has both a legal and moral responsibility to properly remove the edible meat from the field.

The sheep I've eaten (desert & Rocky Mtn) have been excellent. It has it's own flavor and is nothing like domestic lamb or god forbid mutton.

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 I have not had the

 I have not had the opportunity to eat it but I've heard it is awesome from a couple sources. A DOW employee told me last week that it has a sweet taste. I've never heard that before. Can anybody back up that claim?

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the meat is excellent. My

the meat is excellent. My wife even likes it.

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I take it your wife isn't the

I take it your wife isn't the biggest fan of wild game then?

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You can always donate the

You can always donate the meat if you find you don't like it. Good luck

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I've been fortunate enough to

I've been fortunate enough to kill animals from over half of the major species of both North American and African game animals, including 3 bighorn rams and a Dall ram.  My North American big game animals have been my primary source of meat for over 40 years.  While in Africa I ate some game meat from almost all of the animals that I shot plus meat from others that didn't shoot.

I packed out and ate all the meat from my bighorn rams, and most of the meat from my Dall ram.  I would rate wild sheep meat as the best wild meat that I have ever eaten.  It tasted better than elk or alfalfa fed whitetail, and the rams that I shot didn't taste anything like domestic sheep.

The worst tasting wild game meat that I've shot was mountain goat.

 

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Just ate the first tenderloin

Just ate the first tenderloin of my desert bighorn and it was great!