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#173263 - 09/22/16 07:24 PM Which venison do you choose?
SGalan
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Gents,

I've lost my deer lease this year and am looking at a strong possibility of an empty freezer. I may have to pay for a meat hunt(s).

I will either go after a few axis deer does or an elk cow in an effort to feed the family.
I've killed axis deer before and as far as venison goes, I consider it the finest table fare I've ever had.

Here is my question: for those that have had both elk and axis, which do you prefer?

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#173265 - 09/22/16 08:00 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: SGalan]
Zee
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I like them both. Guess it could vary depending on their feed. But, being a ranch (meat) hunt, they both will likely have supplemental food and probably taste the same or relatively equal.

I would be looking more at cost effectiveness. How much would each cost in relation to the amount of meat you expect to get out of one.

Elk are bigger than axis. Which yields more meat for the price of the hunt? If it's the same price........ELK!!! If there is a price difference, weigh it out compared to meat yield.
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#173268 - 09/22/16 09:13 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: Zee]
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Shoot a Nilgai...elk size, axis quality

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#173271 - 09/23/16 02:36 AM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: Franchise]
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A few years ago we spent the winter at Bandera, Texas & we saw Axis deer every day. I've heard they are really good eating & would have loved to have shot one but didn't care for the pricing, yikes!

Dick

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#173274 - 09/23/16 08:23 AM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: sixshot]
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I've had both. Axis deer hands down for taste and quality of the meat.

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#173275 - 09/23/16 08:35 AM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: Randominator]
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I love elk. Especially cow elk.
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#173286 - 09/23/16 03:18 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: reflex264]
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Axis is superb and better than elk but axis doe are not cheap these days and you may well find a cow elk to provide better bang for the buck. Nilgai are also rather expensive to hunt. Don't disregard red deer hinds either. Sometimes you can find a deal on those and while not as large as an elk they are generally bigger than an axis.
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#173287 - 09/23/16 03:28 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: Gary]
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Having never hunted elk, I'd like to try it. Most cow elk hunts I've seen in Texas run $800-$1000. I have found a deal on Axis does and figure I can basically get two axis does for the same price as one cow elk.

All things considered, I am now curious how much better the axis meat is than elk.

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#173288 - 09/23/16 03:37 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: Gary]
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 Originally Posted By: Gary
Axis is superb and better than elk but axis doe are not cheap these days and you may well find a cow elk to provide better bang for the buck. Nilgai are also rather expensive to hunt. Don't disregard red deer hinds either. Sometimes you can find a deal on those and while not as large as an elk they are generally bigger than an axis.

Gary says it all.....
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#173302 - 09/23/16 11:01 PM Re: Which venison do you choose? [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Corn fed Illinois whitetail! Nothing finer.
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