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    aging elk meat?

    Do you all age your meat? If so do you take it to a meat locker / butcher shop?

    how long do you hang it for? 3 to 5 days?

    and at what temps do you hang it in?

    Thanks sorry for the noob ?'s

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    Jul 2008
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I really don't age it. Once it hit the garage, which is normally the day after kill, I will start cutting the next morning. The cutting up of an elk takes me at least a day.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Sheridan WY
    I always age if i can. I have a fridge in the garage and I can get a lot of boned meat in it. some stays in a week. I'd go two weeks but the climate here is dry and the meat can get dried out.

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    Feb 2007
    I have never really seen the need to age game meat.
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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Same here never felt the need to age game.....especially elk!
    Now that's not to say some of it's not well aged by the time we roll up camp

    5 days is no problem if it initially cools properly.
    If it frosts at night,hangs in a cool spot during the day and I can keep the flies and yellow jackets off it..... I'm cool with that.

    But don't push if you plan on taking it to a processor,it may take them two or three(maybe more) days to get to it.

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    Jul 2009
    last year i shot a cow and quartered her up skinned her and put the quarters in game bags. hung it in a very shaded area for 10 days. got up to 60 in daytime and about freezing at night. but the sun never touched the bags. when i went to cut her the meat was soooo tender and delicious. it really does work but you dont have to do it. but if you do it does help

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