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Venison vs. Beef: The controversy ends
From the USVC -- United States Venison Council

Controversy has long raged about the relative quality and taste of venison and beef as gourmet foods. Some people say venison is tough, with a strong "wild" taste, others insist venison's flavor is delicate. An independent food research group was retained by the Venison Council to conduct a taste test to determine the truth of these conflicting assertions once and for all.

First, a Grade A Choice Holstein steer was chased into a swamp a mile and a half from a road and shot several times. After some of the entrails were removed, the carcass was dragged back over rocks and logs and through mud and dust to the road. It was then thrown into the back of a pickup truck and driven through rain and snow for 100 miles before being hung out in the sun for a day.

It was then lugged into a garage where it was skinned and rolled around on the floor for a while. Strict sanitary precautions were observed throughout the test, within the limitations of the butchering environment. For instance, dogs and cats were allowed to sniff and lick the steer carcass, but most of the time they were chased away when they attempted to bite chunks out of it.

Next, a sheet of plywood left from last year's butchering was set up in the basement on two saw horses. The pieces of dried blood, hair and fat left from last year were scraped off with a wire brush last used to clean out the grass stuck under the lawn mower.

The skinned carcass was then dragged down the steps into the basement where a half dozen inexperienced but enthusiastic and intoxicated men worked on it with meat saws, cleavers, hammers and dull knives. The result was 375 pounds of soup bones, four bushel baskets of meat scraps, and a couple of steaks that were an eighth of an inch thick on one edge and an inch and a half thick on the other edge.

The steaks were seared on a glowing red hot cast iron skillet to lock in the flavor. When the smoke cleared, rancid bacon grease was added, along with three pounds of onions, and the whole conglomeration was fried for two hours.

The meat was gently teased from the frying pan and served to three intoxicated and blindfolded taste panel volunteers. Every member of the panel thought it was venison. One volunteer even said it tasted exactly like the venison he has eaten in hunting camps for the past 27 years.

The results of this scientific test conclusively show that there is zero difference between the taste of beef and venison...

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Jon Hedin and Tim Worel have been friends and fishing partners for over 20 some years. One year while fishing the Mississippi River early one spring, Jon caught a 5-pound bass. As he was practicing the art of catch and release the big bass accidentally hit Tim smack in the middle of his head. Well, Tim had thought about publishing average folk stories before that little shakeup, but it's a fact that since then Tim never stopped trying to convince Jon that writing true life hunting and fishing stories was the best idea since rubber worms. After awhile the pen and paper came out of Jon's pocket and the boys got real serious (well, as serious as two guys can get while catching a few hundred fish and trying to write everything down on a piece a paper in a shaky boat). So anyway, that explains how that idea had originally got started.

Now, years later, Tim and Jon released their first book -- a collection of true life hunting and fishing stories from around the world. Some funny, some with a lot of action, and some stories about being in the right place at the right time.

With the creation of the Worldwide Web, The Ultimate Sportsmen is a possible host to more than 60 million readers. The Ultimate Sportsmen is always in search of strange or exciting (or both) fishing and hunting tales that will be published in print and in data form via our Web page. This is a great opportunity for the average sports person to tell his or her own true life hunting or fishing story to the world, as well as read about the adventures of other sports persons.

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