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As I sit here in my stand I figured I would ask a question on the taste of buck meat from those shot during the rut. 2/3 of the last bucks I have shot during the rut had literally inedible meat. Last one ( the biggest) was fine. Both the stinkers were shot w a bow perfectly- each dropped within sight. Lung/heart. Field dressed properly and taken to two different processors. Both of which have done fine jobs for me in the past and present.

In short I don’t think it’s me or the processor.

One of the cutters told me that some bucks just “are like that” and they can smell it when they are cutting up the meat.

Now, “ plug away”
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Never heard of that but anythings possible
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I keep small does and button bucks, and donate trophy bucks, just sayin'.
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If taken care of properly I have never had one that was inedible. Larger older animals can have a strong flavor and are best eaten as sausage or jerky. Small bucks and dry does are premium eats.
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I fill my freezer every year with deer under a hundred pounds. 

I agree totally, larger deer have just a nasty taste.




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Chili and taco seasoning was no match I assure you.
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Yes that is very possible, there testosterone levels go thru the roof and it can and does effect the meat . It floods there blood stream . Caribou are really bad when the bulls come in to rut they stink so bad of uirne and just touching the meat your hand would reak . Locals up north won't shoot caribou at that time because they know it's a waste. Same as our Whitetail when there in full rut the meat will be strong tasting and tuff .
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You can have them big old tough stinky things, just picked up 5 sets of loins & back straps from 40/60 pounders.
Will only eat the little ones, most tender, best tasting, easiest dragging, prime cuts.
Donate those big ones or give them to people you don't like.

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Don’t kill babies
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I love veal and leg of lamb. I like the taste of little deer too. Yum!

Old enough to bleed, old enough to butcher.

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I’ve had one deer that actually was a pain to make taste good. A big ol nasty Caroline county deer. Shot while chasing does. Other than the straps which were touchy. Everything else was crockpot bound. N sometimes that still sucked. He was over 200 pounds only 7 points n the taxi aged him at old as dirt lol. Said he had no teeth left so it would b a guess. Said it was the biggest head mold he ever had. All others taste the same to me.
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No doubt smaller deer are tastier. Next time tell the butcher you'd like to let it hang for a week or two...it makes a difference
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Thanks for the responses guys
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I grind the big uns into burger and sausage, other than the loins. No problem with it.
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I've seen a huge variance in tenderness with older deer, sika and whitetails. Some where like deer flavored chewing gum and some surprised me how good they were.
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Never ate a bad Sika of any age. Melts in your mouth tender.
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