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If you tried it and it tasted

If you tried it and it tasted ranchy then whoever shot the animal didn't know how to take care of meat in the field or when he got it home.  The sent gland in on the top of the back and comes right off when you skin the javilena.  Now if you want to make like a teenager and treat it like a pimple and pop it or cut it off of the skin without skinning the animal and get it all over the meat then yes the meat is going to taste bad.  I have shot over 15 of them and have eaten all the meat off of all of them with not one bad piece of meat out of the whole bunch.

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I'll have to give them

I'll have to give them another shot. There were quite a few of my family members that went on the jav hunt and all avid hunters and don't waste meat at all. There was just something about that meat that none of them liked. like you said it was probably how the meat was cleaned and taken care of.

If I'm ever out towards AZ again I'll have to look into bookin a pig hunt.

 

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Like I said they are like any

Like I said they are like any animal and need to be taken care of.  But the meat has its own taste witch I do enjoy.  Now I have a friend that fried it like a hamburger and said that it tasted like s#%^%.  I usually will slow smoke it over mesquete wood for about 8 hours and have never heard a person say that they didn't like it.  But on the contrary they wanted more of it even after I told them what it was.  Another friend will pan fry it with pepers while I have heard of others bbqing it. 

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Never again

I shot one in 2008, tried to eat the meat, I ended up throwing it out and going to McDonalds.  I know it probably had something to do with the way I handled it before it ended up on the table.  I think it’s to much trouble for a very small amount of meat that might taste good if you handle it right and cook it for 8 hours.  I will never shoot another one, not worth it to me.

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I have taken 3 of them, 6

I have taken 3 of them, 6 total with my son and dads. We used our standard default wth meat we are not sure how to prepare and ground it up and made sausage. It was as good as any other we have made.

I did do my research ahead of time and knew about the gland so did not have any problems. There is so much bad information out there about these. I saw other hunters in Arizona who insisted on cutting the gland off the back as soon as the animal was killed without even skinning the whole animal. The guide on the ranch in Texas as first refused to give us the meat as he said it wasn't edible at all. We forced him to let us skin and take it ourselves as we paid for the hunt and it was our decision.

The next time I get one, if ever I plan to try smoking it like Critter mentioned sounds good to me.

Btw Texas legally alows 2 per year in the southern zone but since there is no tagging required I think some people take advantage it.

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I smoked one of the front

I smoked one of the front shoulders of the one that I shot last Tuesday today and plan on having a very good dinner with it Sunday afternoon.  As I said before it is all in how you take care of it.  It is like any meat, if you treat it like dirt it will end up tasting like dirt. 

As far as the sent gland for those that don't know it sits right on top of the back and is not to be messed with in my book.  The nice thing about it is that it comes right off when you skin it and there is no problem with it. 

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