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#3237655 - 05/02/13 11:46 PM Venison vs. Beef
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Mud Dauber
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On a deer hunting forum, you'd think this argument would be a no brainer, but, previous debates have show otherwise. Anyway, this piece attempts to tackle the debate head on. Spoiler alert, Venison takes all categories except cost.

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To tackle the most subjective category, I conducted a blind taste test pitting backstraps and steaks from a 2 1/2-year-old Catskill Mountains buck against ribeye steaks bought from the best butcher shop in south Brooklyn. Ten friends with discriminating palates served as the test panel. Both beef and venison were seasoned evenly and cooked on a charcoal grill to medium rare. The meat was cut to bite-size portions and served on color-coordinated toothpicks (white for venison, black for beef). Venison crushed beef 8 to 2.



http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/hunting/2013/05/ultimate-red-meat-venison-vs-beef



Edited by Poser (05/02/13 11:49 PM)
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#3237877 - 05/03/13 09:06 AM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: Poser]
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I thought it was interesting that the writer himself preferred beef from a taste standpoint. I guess that's a testament to the fact that he didn't cook the results (pun intended).
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#3238460 - 05/03/13 08:07 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: Crosshairy]
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i love deer jerky, but vastly prefer beef over venison.
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#3238497 - 05/03/13 08:37 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
i love deer jerky, but vastly prefer beef over venison.
maybe because venison tastes far better medium to med-rare than it does scorched to a crisp. ;\) \:D
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#3238507 - 05/03/13 08:44 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: redblood
i love deer jerky, but vastly prefer beef over venison.
maybe because venison tastes far better medium to med-rare than it does scorched to a crisp. ;\) \:D
True that^^^^^
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#3238524 - 05/03/13 08:53 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: timberjack86]
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Good article. I think I'd beat their figures in cost though. As budget as I am, I don't spend $800 a year on deer hunting. Their figures put deer at $14 a pound if you kill one a year spending over $800. Looks like I am getting my money's worth. \:D
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#3238540 - 05/03/13 09:02 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Good article. I think I'd beat their figures in cost though. As budget as I am, I don't spend $800 a year on deer hunting. Their figures put deer at $14 a pound if you kill one a year spending over $800. Looks like I am getting my money's worth. \:D


I've never calculated it up, but I'd say gas money is the biggest factor as far as cost that cannot be factored out over the long haul such as weapons etc. At the same time, some portion of what you are paying for beef is factoring in all of the trucking around it is doing to get to your table.
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#3238580 - 05/03/13 09:36 PM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: Poser]
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the beef must have been grass fed...LOL...
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#3238808 - 05/04/13 11:39 AM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Good article. I think I'd beat their figures in cost though. As budget as I am, I don't spend $800 a year on deer hunting. Their figures put deer at $14 a pound if you kill one a year spending over $800. Looks like I am getting my money's worth. \:D


I've never calculated it up, but I'd say gas money is the biggest factor as far as cost that cannot be factored out over the long haul such as weapons etc. At the same time, some portion of what you are paying for beef is factoring in all of the trucking around it is doing to get to your table.
No question, I spend more on gas than anything else hunting right now. To public land I spend around $15 round trip, which is why I got a small truck with better MPG. Private bow hunting spot I hardly burn any gas so it's much more worth the money. All I am paying for is arrows, bullets, water bottles, ziploc bags, occasional scent killer spray, etc.... heck I killed my first archery deer wearing a T shirt and shorts, no spray, no gadgets, from a tree stand I built with scrap lumber. The deer broke my arrow, but I saved the broadhead and killed 2 more deer with it. So for that deer only I probably spent less than $20 total... just a rough guesstimate. Add up all the deer I killed and all the money I spent on deer season, I bet each deer didn't cost $50. Give or take...

I don't know how easy it would be to keep track, but maybe this year I can start adding all the money I spend directly toward deer season. Arrows, points, batteries for trail camera(s) used in places I will hunt, gas spent on each scouting or hunting trip, etc. If I can stick with it and keep record of everything, I can come up with an accurate figure on how much I spend per deer, and how much per pound. Oh yeah, factor in the cost of a deer scale.
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#3238814 - 05/04/13 11:58 AM Re: Venison vs. Beef [Re: catman529]
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Well, I just went and installed an app on my iPhone called Expense Manager, customized the categories, and will use it every time I purchase something for deer hunting. There is rarely a time I don't have the phone with me so I should be able to keep track of just about everything.
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