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    Mule deer meat

    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

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    I grew up eating mule deer. Most will probably think I'm crazy but I prefer it over elk

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    Thanks. Sounds good to me. I'll take the words of those whom would know over hear/say any day!

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    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!
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bern0134 View Post
    I grew up eating mule deer. Most will probably think I'm crazy but I prefer it over elk

    Yep, you're crazy, LOL!

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    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.

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