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EZ7
12-03-2013, 04:02 AM
I'm from the east and live off whitetail meat. I've never had mule deer meat and have heard several times that it doesn't have a good taste. Is this true or am I being mislead? Thanks

ando_31
12-03-2013, 05:08 AM
I doubt you would notice any difference between the two unless you were eating them side by side. I think a lot of it is in people's heads. Of course a rutted out muley isn't going to be as good as a whitetail during an early bow season, but that works both ways.

Colorado Cowboy
12-03-2013, 06:38 AM
Mule Deer meat is awful, my dog won't even eat it!!! Stay home, don't come out here and hunt!!!! LOL

Seriously, I doubt if you could tell the difference. I've killed both Whitetails and Mule Deer and I can't tell any difference. It's all in how you take care of you meat.....IMHO.

birdhunter
12-03-2013, 06:50 AM
Many people around here say that whitetails are way better eating. I think it also depends on they live. If you shoot a mule deer on a scrub brush mountain side, it will taste worse than a whitetail taken off an alfalfa field. I have fed my in-laws (who wont eat mule deer) the two side by side and they chose the mule deer. They still to this day think I got the meat mixed up and they are right.

bern0134
12-03-2013, 09:41 AM
I grew up eating mule deer. Most will probably think I'm crazy but I prefer it over elk :eek:

EZ7
12-03-2013, 10:15 AM
Thanks. Sounds good to me. I'll take the words of those whom would know over hear/say any day!

tdcour
12-03-2013, 12:53 PM
I agree with CC that it all depends on how you take care of the meat. Dad and I shot a mule deer and an antelope a day apart and took them to the processor together last year. I never knew which one I was eating, but I do know they tasted great!

Musket Man
12-03-2013, 01:19 PM
I think deer from grass or farm country tastes the best. That said I have never had any mule deer that I thought didnt taste good. caring for it properly is very important too. You can make any meat taste bad if its not taken care of right. How you cook it has alot to do with it too. Mule deer and whitetails arent as bad but I grew up hunting black tails and they are very easy to dry the meat out. With them thinner pieces of meat turn out alot better. Thicker pieces get to dried out on the outside before the middle gets done.

Topgun 30-06
12-03-2013, 01:24 PM
I grew up eating mule deer. Most will probably think I'm crazy but I prefer it over elk :eek:


Yep, you're crazy, LOL!

Multi-SpeciesHunter
12-03-2013, 02:25 PM
I live in eastern ND and our deer basically just eat with the cattle haha. But this year I went to western ND and got a mulie. My dad and I were skeptical, but...it's better than our whitetail sausage we eat! We honestly like it more.. I'm assuming it's just about how the meat is taken care of.

CrimsonArrow
12-03-2013, 04:31 PM
I've eaten whitetail from several states and provinces, and never had a bad tasting one. I've had muley from North Dakota that tasted pretty good, but my big buck from Colorado was pretty rank. The meat was well-cared for, but he was an old buck living around 9500 feet in dark timber and aspen. Unless the meat was heavily seasoned or marinated, I would be able to tell the difference any day.

Eberle
12-03-2013, 06:08 PM
They are both good, my buddy & his family swear the mulies are better.

JEandAsGuide
12-04-2013, 05:36 PM
Had mule deer for the first time at my house tonight. If was a hit with everyone, especially the little man. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/05/7ana3y9a.jpg

MWScott72
12-05-2013, 01:44 PM
Love that photo!

I've had both and it's hard to tell the difference. An ag country whitetail and high country muley pretty much taste the same. I imagine the sage brush muleys might be stronger, but I don't hunt the sagebrush lowlands.

Call me crazy but my favorite wild game has become antelope. I love the stuff! My last two goats have been every bit as good as elk (cows too). I process my own meat, so I know it's taken care of.

Umpqua Hunter
12-05-2013, 01:56 PM
Whoever told you that just doesn't want you to come out to mule deer hunt. ;-)

It is completely how the meat is cared for. Way back in the day (old B&W photos) guys would drive all over with a deer strapped to the hood of their car for days. One time I stopped to talk to another antelope hunter in Wyoming and he had two does in the back that were bloated out like balloons. Can you imagine eating a beef after treating it that way?

My dad taught me to be meticulous in caring for venison, and I'd have to say I've never eaten a bad deer, moose, antelope, sheep, caribou, mountain goat, elk, etc….

ddress00
12-05-2013, 02:33 PM
No difference to me. I prefer it myself. Whitetail is amazing, but there is something extra in mule deer that tastes great!!

jenbickel
12-05-2013, 02:56 PM
I love mule deer meat! Next to elk it's my favorite!

EZ7
12-05-2013, 05:29 PM
Thanks! Speaking of deer meat prep made me wanna share this burger recipe of my uncles. I may just be late to the table on this one but for those of you that haven't mixed a batch of this up you've gotta try it. I mix in a pound of bacon ends with 3-4 lbs of deer meat as I'm grinding it. Then for every 20lbs I mix in a jar of hogie spread. I am addicted to this burger. Before this I never made just plain deer burgers on the grill. Just added it in with meals (spagetti,etc.). These things are juicy, a little spicy and delicious!

AT Hiker
12-14-2013, 09:18 PM
I'm from the east and live off whitetail meat. I've never had mule deer meat and have heard several times that it doesn't have a good taste. Is this true or am I being mislead? Thanks


I will gladly give up every single Southern whitetail for a western muley or antelope. Even a 6.5 yr old mature muley taste better than our acorn eating whitetail. It blows my mind on how good they taste, eating sage and rocks does the body good I guess.

Triple BB
12-14-2013, 09:25 PM
I had deer steaks tonight. Each bite got a touch of ketchup as its headed towards the chompers. Couldn't really tell if it was deer, elk, sasquatch or some other critter. Tasted good though...

6mm Remington
12-15-2013, 06:44 AM
Mule deer are great to eat! As so many said you just need to take proper care of the meat. I think where a lot of folks make a mistake with mule deer, antelope, elk, whitetail, sheep, or anything else is they COOK IT TOO MUCH! Wild game has almost no fat marbled in the meat like a beef and all of the fat on the outside is removed as that "can add a wild taste to the meat".

I feel that it needs to be medium rare with some pink in the middle. It dries out and gets tough just like any other meat does if you cook it too much.
This is my favorite way to cook wild game meat. Chicken fry it!!!
1. Mix up several eggs with some milk in a glass or plastic bowl. Don't use metal as it can impart a metallic taste to the meat. Stir this mixture up.
2. Take thawed wild game steaks and put them in the egg/milk mixture and make sure the meat is covered in it. Cover with a piece of plastic and put the bowl back in the fridge for a couple of hours. It is not necessary to let the meat soak like that but I have read that the enzymes in milk help break down the meat possibly making it more tender.
3. Take a tube of Ritz crackers and begin by crushing them up while they are still in the tube by hand. This does a pretty good job. Then when you think they are crushed good enough put the crushed crackers on a large flat plate.
4. Have a skillet heated to medium- medium high with vegetable oil and butter in the pan.
5. Take the steak and make sure it is coated good with the egg mixture and pull it out of the bowl and dredge it in the cracker crumb coating both sides of the steak. Put the steaks into the frying pan. Cook until the cracker crumb is starting to get golden brown on one side and then flip the steaks over and cook the opposite side the same way. You still want just a bit of pink in the middle, and they will turn out that way if you get the cracker crumb just lightly brown. Once you do it a couple of times it's real easy to tell if the meat is done by how the cracker crumb is looking on the outside.
6. Put some salt and pepper on them and you are good to go. There will be some egg and cracker pieces that might fall off the meat in the pan. Mix some water in the pan and bring it to a boil and make some gravy out of it and it will taste awesome on your mashed potatoes!!!

BigBy1
12-15-2013, 10:47 AM
Thanks! Speaking of deer meat prep made me wanna share this burger recipe of my uncles. I may just be late to the table on this one but for those of you that haven't mixed a batch of this up you've gotta try it. I mix in a pound of bacon ends with 3-4 lbs of deer meat as I'm grinding it. Then for every 20lbs I mix in a jar of hogie spread. I am addicted to this burger. Before this I never made just plain deer burgers on the grill. Just added it in with meals (spagetti,etc.). These things are juicy, a little spicy and delicious!

What the heck is Hogie spead?

BigBy1
12-15-2013, 10:52 AM
Mule deer are great to eat! As so many said you just need to take proper care of the meat. I think where a lot of folks make a mistake with mule deer, antelope, elk, whitetail, sheep, or anything else is they COOK IT TOO MUCH! Wild game has almost no fat marbled in the meat like a beef and all of the fat on the outside is removed as that "can add a wild taste to the meat".

I feel that it needs to be medium rare with some pink in the middle. It dries out and gets tough just like any other meat does if you cook it too much.
This is my favorite way to cook wild game meat. Chicken fry it!!!
1. Mix up several eggs with some milk in a glass or plastic bowl. Don't use metal as it can impart a metallic taste to the meat. Stir this mixture up.
2. Take thawed wild game steaks and put them in the egg/milk mixture and make sure the meat is covered in it. Cover with a piece of plastic and put the bowl back in the fridge for a couple of hours. It is not necessary to let the meat soak like that but I have read that the enzymes in milk help break down the meat possibly making it more tender.
3. Take a tube of Ritz crackers and begin by crushing them up while they are still in the tube by hand. This does a pretty good job. Then when you think they are crushed good enough put the crushed crackers on a large flat plate.
4. Have a skillet heated to medium- medium high with vegetable oil and butter in the pan.
5. Take the steak and make sure it is coated good with the egg mixture and pull it out of the bowl and dredge it in the cracker crumb coating both sides of the steak. Put the steaks into the frying pan. Cook until the cracker crumb is starting to get golden brown on one side and then flip the steaks over and cook the opposite side the same way. You still want just a bit of pink in the middle, and they will turn out that way if you get the cracker crumb just lightly brown. Once you do it a couple of times it's real easy to tell if the meat is done by how the cracker crumb is looking on the outside.
6. Put some salt and pepper on them and you are good to go. There will be some egg and cracker pieces that might fall off the meat in the pan. Mix some water in the pan and bring it to a boil and make some gravy out of it and it will taste awesome on your mashed potatoes!!!

Now I'm to hungry to pursue this conversation !!

shootbrownelk
12-16-2013, 09:13 AM
Yep, you're crazy, LOL!

Agreed TopGun...about the only meat better than elk is Bighorn sheep & Moose.

shootbrownelk
12-16-2013, 09:15 AM
What the heck is Hogie spead?

Yeah, what the heck is Hogie spread? Who makes it? Where can you buy it?

EZ7
12-17-2013, 11:50 AM
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What the heck is Hogie spead?

Same thing I once asked! It's a jar of spices & seasoning you add to hogies. I've never heard of it until my uncle gave me this recipe. You can buy it in the grocery store. That's all I can till you!

Never in Doubt
12-18-2013, 08:48 AM
mule deer is great, if it's cared for properly and cooked right. Venison fajitas are a good way to go. The only times it's tasted gamey are when all the blood hasn't drained out after it's thawed out from the freezer.

BucksnBulls
12-18-2013, 02:27 PM
I pretty much live on midwest whitetails but believe it or not best venison I've ever had came from a Colorado high country mule deer. It was an early season 2 year old. As others have stated, a lot has to do with how you take care of it. Aging it helps as well. I like to hang mine for a week if temps allow it.

d.kerri
12-21-2013, 04:16 PM
I grew up on Whiteys also. This year I was fortunate to take my first Muley from the Colorado high country, and it tastes spectacular. I couldn't agree more with the folks who stress it's all about how well you take care of the meat.

Graylight
12-23-2013, 11:21 AM
Muleys arent even close to as good as a whitetail... Just my opinion.

Colorado Cowboy
12-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Muleys arent even close to as good as a whitetail... Just my opinion.

Now how in the hell would a SoCal ................never mind.

blueboy59
12-28-2013, 09:21 PM
I have hunted both mulies and whitetail and have ate 20 mule deer Bucks and white tail Doe deer I love mule deer wild taste but the white tail Doe meat was mild tasting the difference I hunt mule deer at 7000 feet in the mountains and the white tail in crp and wheat field I have also eat some 35 Elk and had some that you hardly could stand

tim
12-31-2013, 09:31 AM
it is funny, my wife don't like deer meat, but rides my ass to the ground, making sure I fill the freezer with elk meat.

shootbrownelk
12-31-2013, 05:23 PM
it is funny, my wife don't like deer meat, but rides my ass to the ground, making sure I fill the freezer with elk meat.

Same here Tim....no deer....no antelope.....just elk!

Musket Man
12-31-2013, 05:52 PM
My freezer gets filled with whatever I get tags for and am successful harvesting! Last year it was 2 antelope and 1 mule deer. This year it was 2 antelope and 1 white tail. I like all of them but have to admit I am liking this young grain fed white tail I got this year alot:)

Snydly
01-30-2014, 06:00 PM
Grew up poor so we ate big game almost exclusively here In Wy. I can tell the difference between elk, mule deer and whitetail. They are all very good but as stated before it depends on if they are in the rut, or feeding in hayfields or on scrub. My favorite is Whitetail here in Wy because most of the time they are in some farmer or ranchers field and most of the time, the Muleys are on the mountain slopes or up in the high country and the food up there tends to make them taste just a little different. Elk steaks are good but the hamburger does not taste as good to me. Anyone who says they taste awefull has not taken care of the meat properly or has shot an old buck in full rut.

Orion/CO
01-30-2014, 09:14 PM
I'm mostly a meat hunter, so I'll take doe deer or antelope or cow elk any time to fill the freezer. I used to hunt a spot that was mostly aspen trees where I have taken several doe mule deer during September muzzleloader season, and they all tasted great (made mostly into sausage myself). But a few years ago I shot a decent buck in late October north of Craig in the scrub. The scrub we were hunting in had a very strong odor, and that darn buck smelled and tasted like that nasty scrub no matter how I tried to fix the meat. A lot of people rant about how the taste of game is completely dependant on how it is "taken care of", which I agree will make a difference to some extent, but I think taste is a lot more dependant on what the animal had been feeding on (alfalfa vs sage), along with the sex (bucks are generally more gamey and tougher than does), and age (a young animal is generally less gamey and more tender), at least from my experience. By the way, doe antelope taken from grasslands or wheatfields is pretty good stuff.

huntwhenican
02-15-2014, 04:48 PM
Every mule deer I've taken tastes better than the blacktails I've shot.

DBurrr
02-18-2014, 03:39 PM
it is funny, my wife don't like deer meat, but rides my ass to the ground, making sure I fill the freezer with elk meat.

Mine can't stand deer meat either. But loves elk. They do taste completely different.


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