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I'm sure you are absolutely right!  I didn't mean to say that because of our little test, one was better than another.  It just turned out that way today.  Though I'd guess the Sika would come out high on any given group at any other time.  Our test was more for fun than anything.  But we did use only people that "liked" venison.  If we did it again, it might come out very different.  We sure had fun doing it though.

 

No doubt you had fun. Nothing can be bad about eating good tasting venison.  Yes

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Congratulations on a great

Congratulations on a great year deer hunting!  Just having the opportunity to set up the taste test that you did is quite the accomplishment.  I like your idea for your taste test, and thanks for posting the results.  As you have covered, you controlled several variables well since you handled the butchering and preparation of the meat, as well as conducting the test as a blind taste test.  As has been mentioned, I think you could end up with different rankings each time you conducted this test with different animals, even with the same panel of judges.  There can be so much variability a meat taste within a single species, even within the same herd in the same region.  Even within cattle, you can get different tasting meat out of the same herd.  That being said, it is still an interesting experiment.  Thanks again for sharing, and enjoy the rest of your "experiment" as I am sure you will.

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Congrats on all the deer !

There is nothing better than good venison to me. I would take a deer over an elk anytime (but that just me). I am one of the guys that believe it is all in how its taken care of. Almost all of the deer I have taken over the years have been (low country) muleys and they are every bit as good as a good archery deer (7,000' - 8,500') that I have taken.

Very cool to do a taste test the way you did arrowflipper. I just I could have particapted in the test myself ! Yes I hope this year is just as productive for you.

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Cool post Arrowflipper!  I

Cool post Arrowflipper!  I grew up in Eastern Washington and ate many muleys harvested from a variety of terrain--hay/alfalfa fields, orchards, sage brush, even forests.  And I have to say mule deer are not my favorite game.  In fact, I don't really hunt much mule deer now simply because I don't enjoy eating them.  

A few years ago we began hunting whitetails in Nebraska.  The first year, we gave away most of the meat because I was sure I wouldn't care for it much.  How wrong I was!  These Nebraska whitetail deer are absolutely delicious.  If I hadn't killed, dressed, processed and cooked it myself I would not have believed it was venison.  I have since had mule deer harvested from the great state of Colorado and still just don't care for it.  Before the whitetail experience I would have guessed most deer taste the same.  Now I know they don't and would guess the same species of deer harvested in different seasons and different areas will probably taste different too.

I agree as well with the comments about taking care of the meat as soon as it hits the ground.  If there is one place any hunter can improve the quality of meat in the freezer, it's dressing, cooling and processing the meat quickly and cleanly.  

Congrats on the great hunting season last year too!  Hopefully this year will treat you as well.

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I'm surprised

I'm siurprised, I think those eastern wheat and sage fed muleys taste a LOT better than my NY white tails feeding on acorns and corn....

 

Thanks for sharing the results I sure would have loved to be there!

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There will always be varied

There will always be varied results. Due to diet, care of the animal, and what it was doing before it died. I've eaten some that were pushed hard by other hunters that were much stronger than others harvested from the same area.

The south Texas mule deer I ate this year was much better than the Colorado bucks I get and tasted just like the white tail from the same area.

Too many variables to place one over the other on a regular basis I think.

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agree completely

I agree completely.  My goal was not to see which type of deer was best and make a bold statement.  Our goal was to have some fun and do a taste-test with the animals we had.  If I gave the impression that our test was the final answer on which venison was best, I apologize.  We just had some fun and at the same time, ate some wonderful venison backstrap.  I am sure that if we did the same test again, things could be very different.  It's just real often that I have four different species in the freezer at the same time.

Maybe the title for the forum should have been......  "What Might Possibly Taste Better to You Today Given a Plethora of Variables"

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Understood, I was just

Understood, I was just sharing my thoughts.

It's not often I get to try game from a different region. I hunt several states but they are all from the same region until the Texas deer this last year.

Like you said, none are bad just slightly different.

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Or it could have

Or it could have been..........."Chowing down on venison!"