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Mulie Vs Blacktail Meat

They taste pretty similar. There may be subtle differences but in all honesty it's all in the preparation. I have eaten blacktails and mule deer from Oregon and mulies from Colorado. I've had bigger bulls from Colorado taste just as good as a spike from Oregon. The most important thing is DO NOT OVERCOOK IT!!! You can make a yearling doe as tuff as a boot by leaving it in the frying pan too long. Believe me this is all from personal experience. This is for everyone. If you take the time to kill it, take the time to learn how to cook it. A little rare is a thousand times better than over done. Leave it pink and enjoy. 

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I know what you are saying

I know what you are saying about people more often than not over cooking game meat. That is a real drag and I can not figure out why people do that... including some very experienced hunters. I am a much better cook than I am a hunter so I can tell you that I do not over cook my meat. I have to disagree with you about older animals tasting the same as yearlings though.

The fatigue that mature, males' muscles endure through the stressful and taxing ruts of many years takes a toll on the consumability (or taste and texture) of their meat. The lactic acid build up in the meat of a rutted up, old bull is going to make it not as tasty as a yearling doe. The other factor that comes into play is how well people take care of the meat in the field. You can not objectively compare an old bull and a young cow or any specific example if the animals were not taken care of in the same way (cleanliness, aging, temperture etc.). I am convinced that the activity of the animal at time of being taken also has an effect on meat quality.

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i definitely think young

i definitely think young animals taste better and are more tender.  Perhaps the reason some people over cook game meat is that they subconsiously think that it is wild, they have to cook it longer to be safe to eat?

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Any type of deer taste good

Any type of deer taste good as long as its cooked right.

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I have eaten black tail, mule

I have eaten black tail, mule deer, and elk from different parts of CA, OR, CO, ID, WY and NV for the most part it all tastes the same. Every so often you get a bad cut of meat, but the whole deer or elk to be tougher because of its age? No way!

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Sorry for the late reply

I just found this website and joined.  As for Blacktail meat vs Muley..

I have a ranch near Coalinga, Ca.... we hunt Blacktail.  I also occasionally hunt Mulies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Almost without exception, (I can't think of an exception at this moment), hunters around here prefer the Blacktail.  

But like Hawkeye theorizes... it could be diet.  I tend to think it is.  So this may not apply in other locales where the two habitat.  

I have also noticed, me anyway, that once frozen the difference becomes less.  Fresh it's very noticeable to me. - JamesJM

 

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Hey James, welcome to the

Hey James, welcome to the site!  Coalinga huh?  Not too far a drive for me to go up there..... lol

Throw up some photos of your deer from that area.  Show some of these guys what we have here in CA!!! Wink

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Hey Vermonster...

Glad to meet you.  I had some photo's from this last Sunday that I took of two 3 pointers we saw on my ranch... BUT... tried to post them here and couldn't.  Didn't seem to want to accept Flickr... or perhaps you have to save them as a post first before they are visible, rather than 'preview'.  I didn't want to chance it because I'm not used to this forum yet.  I'm going to try to attach one of them to this reply but I'm not sure it's possible. - JamesJM

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No problems seeing that one. 

No problems seeing that one.  Couple of nice bucks there!  Very nice to have a place like that accessible to you.

You guys have any hogs on your ranch?  Lots of them around there, that's for sure.

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Very nice

Welcome aboard!! Very nice picture you have there. Those are some nice looking bucks. I'm up north from you in Oregon and love chasing Blacktails in Nov when they're rutting.

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