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Well elkkill. I've been

Well elkkill. I've been hunting 60 years, and have eaten more bulls and cows than years you've been alive. I won't insult you by saying "BULL" to anything you've said.

 

I willl simply say again. Cows taste better than bulls. Especially if the bull is in the rut. Of course that's my opinion. Just like your post is your opinon only.

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I wasn't trying to insult you Still Hunter

Still Hunter,

In no way was I trying to insult you, but I was letting you know what my opinion was on the matter and if taken care of properly they all taste every bit as good. Of the bulls I have taken I would say 90 percent of them were in the rut and again the best eating elk I have ever had was what most consider a nasty old "BULL".

Also do not let my short 27 years of hunting fool you I have eaten many, many elk. :thumbsup1:

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It's kind of hard for elk to

It's kind of hard for elk to taste bad, and taste is a personal thing. 

 

As you say. Taking care of the meat is most important.

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com'on guys

Guys there is no sense in letting egos fly and getting all bent out of shape over ones preference for bull or cow meat.  That's silly.  I don't care how long someone has been hunting, taste is a personal peference, plain and simple. 

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I don't think we were bent

I don't think we were bent out of shape. Just a difference in opinion.

 

I hate onions. That doesn't mean they taste bad except to me.

 

btw  I don't see a button to post my post directly. I have to hit the preview button, and then the save button. Same for you?

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Well said Still Hunter

Well said Still Hunter ! :thumbsup1: No ego's here Western Hunter just hunters sharing and every once in a while differing. Isn't that how we learn and help each other !

Quinton

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Hey Remington742, best thing

Hey Remington742, best thing about being out in the woods packing out a elk is you are in the woods and not work. lol

Another thing to consider is the weather when you be on your hunt.  when i packed my cow out all thoughts miles is was snowing and of the 2 cows we shot we lost half of one over night to coyotes.  we did debone the meat and packed out what we could. 

happy hunting and it comes down to what you want to do on your hunt.

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I'll add one thing

My old gummer 10 year old sage buck that I shot this year tastes just fine.  So did my oldest and largest bull.  Maybe I don't have very discerning taste buds, but I can definitely taste different types of flavors in antelope that I do and don't like.  Just never reallly met a deer or elk I didn't like.

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Its what they eat!

Its what they have been eatign that makes the difference IMHO

 

Now, packing out? ...Only three miles for me, and 2.5 two years ago. And, I will never again carry elk bone on my back, cept a skull! Deboning is the way to go!

 

What I have struggled with was finally finding the elk the last couple of days, being miles in and having to pass on the shot as I did not have enough time to pack out the animal!! That sucked!

 

10 miles? Wow! Not many places like that in Colorado anymore! Are there any roads closer to the hunting grounds, that you could pack meat out to and then only carry the last load to your truck? You could then drive around and pick up the rest. We did that with a friends bull once when he hurt his back. We contacted the rancher on the adjacent private and asked if we could pack out through his property. He obliged and we gave him a good chunk of backstrap and a bottle of Jack for allowing us! We only had that one day and he shot it about 5 miles in. Since he really couldn't help me pack out, I did not think we could get it done in time. I looked at the map, and the private road was only about a 3/4 of a mile over the hill he bagged him on.

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