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David Sparks Ph.d Eating Deer
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: August 17, 2018

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A couple of weeks ago, we heard a story from Boise police officer Tom Miotke who had gone on his first whitetail hunt up in Northern Idaho. After a series of crazy antics, it turns out that he harvested a huge buck. But to use his terms, he was blessed with God’s gift of an animal. And by the way, doesn’t that philosophy embody the true hunter. Tom doesn’t go out and hunt just for hunting’s sake, he goes out to hunt for what the original hunters did… to harvest food. Let’s listen in to this great guy. “We are strictly wild game meat eaters, we do not buy our meat in a store. I break down and butcher my own animals. I do store them. I do age them. I am not a trophy hunter. I have never boasted about anything even close. I am a meat and potato hunter. What I have taken out in the field, I am going to brag about on the dinner table. Was that your very first Whitetail? Yes my very first Whitetail. Since then I have put in a good 10 years of hunting Whitetail. I have done a lot of mule deer hunting too but I am pretty much converted completely over to Whitetail now. I go up there every year. Compare the taste of Whitetail to mule deer. They are different. I cannot say distinctly different. It is a mild difference. The mule deer doe I really like. It is a mellow, wild game flavor but the bucks have a tendency to be a little stronger, a little gamier. Whitetail bucks or does, really remind me more of a mule deer doe. It’s a very mild game flavor. I have never had a surprise with a buck being either overwhelming or too gamey.

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