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Elk Tenderloins are on the Grill

I screwed up on the elk hunt that started this morning and was sitting in the wrong spot for when the elk came out of the trees but my partner had no trouble bagging a nice cow.  At the shot the rest scattered and all I was able to see was bodies running through the trees so I didn't get a shot.  That was until.

We worked to get the cow taken care of and cut up into 6 pieces to start the short pack out to the 4 wheeler.  I ran a couple of them back to the truck witch was about 4 miles away on the main road and then headed back with more game bags for the rest of the meat.  I thought about leaving my rifle at the wheeler but decided to pack it down the hill with me even thoe it would get in the way when I brought out another sack of meat.  Just as I got to the pile of meat after passing my buddy on his way up the hill with a load I looked up the hill and noticed 5 or 6 elk making there way down the road that the wheeler was parked on.  Well, that is all it took except for the shot and I had my elk on the ground at around 11 am this morning and only 20' off of a road.  My buddy wondered what I was shooting at and then when I told him to walk up the road a ways and start to clean my elk he about droped.  So I packed the last of his elk up the road and then headed over to start to take care of mine so that we could get it onto the 4 wheeler since the road was a sloppy mess from all the fresh snow that was melting and I really didn't want to chain up my pickup to get into where we were.  

So we went 2 for 2 with one shot kills on each elk and some good eats starting tonight.  Now in a couple of days the butchering will start. 

Sorry no pictures since my camera is on the frits.  For some reason the lens cover will not open up when it is turned on.  I figure that I need to take it apart and give it a good cleaning since I was hunting in a lot of dust back in September and October.  Sometimes I think that the old fashion 35mm SLR camera were a lot better.

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Well that is a neat story

Well that is a neat story with a happy ending.  Congratulations and good job.  How long will it take you to butcher the elk?

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With two of us working on it

With two of us working on it and a few beer breaks we can do one a day and that includes grinding the scraps into burger with a hand grinder.  At the end of the day you are beat.  It is worse that packing it up the hill. 

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Sounds like a lot of hard

Sounds like a lot of hard work.  I don't butcher my own deer because one I'd probably "butcher" it and two, I don't have any place to do it.  Wish I could do my own as I hate paying to have it processed.

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It doesn't take much space to

It doesn't take much space to cut one up if you have a place to hang it for a couple of days.  If it is good weather we will do it out on the picnic table outside, but if not the kitchen table and counter get used.  The big thing is you just break it down to manageable pieces.  I'll start with the front shoulders and work my way up to the hind quarters a big chunk at a time.  So shoulders, ribs/backstraps/ then the hinds.  A deer is even easier.  As far as cutting it up you just sort it into steaks, roast, soup bones, ribs, and fry meat or meat for the grinder witch goes into a large box lined with a garbage bag.  Then when I grind the meat I just call up the local store that has a large meat section and get around 20 pounds of beef fat to add to the elk. 

It really isn't that hard but I learned how to do it back when I was a kid and helping my dad. 

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I live in a development and I

I live in a development and I don't think the neighbors would appreciate me hanging a deer in teh backyard.  Probably some law against it too as we are in the city limits.  And heck, forget the neighbors, the wife would never allow it

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Back in my college days we

Back in my college days we would hang deer in the shower along with ageing the meat in the beer fridge. 

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Oh I have this image of some

Oh I have this image of some poor girl asking to use your bathroom and no one warning her that there is a deer in the shower.  Now that could have been funny.

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Huge Congrats Critter !!!!!!!!

One thing about elk is once they hit the dirt the hard work begins all the way to the freezer. Yes

Critter I hope she tastes great and we still have the old hand grinder, but it is in the crawl space. We got a hold of a semi commercial grainder and have never looked back. I remember as a small kid taking turns cranking on the grinder. Very glad those days are gone ! What?

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It's funny that the old #2

It's funny that the old #2 hand grinder that I have is that I have all the parts to turn it into an electric one.  The pully, belt, and motor and a old sewing machine foot switch are all sitting in my garage waiting.  But then they have been sitting ther for 15 years now so what is the rush?  But when the grinding starts that is when I wished that I had set it up for electricity.

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Good Work

Glad you got you cow critter!

I spent 10 hours yesterday cutting up my muley and cow elk yesterday.

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