Reducing/eliminating gaminess in Mule Deer and Antelope meat
My husband has been hunting for about 30 years here in the west, primarily Nevada but soon it will be Utah. The animals here eat a lot of sage brush, so certain herbs like sage are bad choices for seasoning this meat. For strong meat like this, you need to use vinegar or other acidic liquid, plus onion and garlic to reduce the gamey taste. The easiest way to prep this meat is to marinate it a couple of hours in Italian Dressing before cooking it. If cooking without marinating it, like in a slow cooker, I add a couple of chopped onions, garlic to taste and canned tomatoes. Note that elk meat does not require this treatment because it eats similar food to that of beef cattle.