Ingredient of the Week: Axis Deer

Categories: The Basics
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What is it?

Not just another deer, it's known as a "chital" in India, its native habitat. Introduced to Texas in 1932, this species of deer is now the most abundant exotic hoofed mammal in our wonderful state.

They can be found roaming in wild herds as well as on ranches, where they are popular for their tender, mild meat -- game for hunters looking to take home something a little more exotic.
They eat mostly grass, which makes their meat slightly less gamey than "regular" venison. These animals are also considered fat-free, with an inability to put on intramuscular fat. They contain a maximum 0.2 percent body fat - the leanest of any deer species.

In the United States, you'll only find them in Texas and Hawaii.

How is it used?

As a form of lean, red meat.

Where can I find it in Houston?

If, like me, you have a super-generous neighbor with a passion for hunting, you won't have to look far. For the rest of you, check out this website (if you consider statewide a "local" product, you'll even be supporting the SLGT movement). If you know of any other places in town where axis dear is available, please let me know in the comments.

Recipe: Venison a la Bourguignon: Courtesy of Broken Arrow Ranch

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Anonymous
Anonymous

So how do you hunt these things? Do you let it eat some Goldfish crackers out of your hand, pet 'em a little, then hit them in the head with a hammer?

Plinkster
Plinkster

Venison World is a good pitstop in Eden if you have to drive to Odessa one day.

Another good source for game is in your story - Broken Arrow Ranch. Good selection of venison, antelope and wild boar.

http://www.brokenarrowranch.co...

Guestyguesterson
Guestyguesterson

Mmmm... petting zoo animals... Be sure to shoot it out the window of your air conditioned car.

Merica Rulz
Merica Rulz

Not a hammer. Generally we will use a crow bar or in a pinch, a tire iron. Something with a longer reach.

Glenn Livet
Glenn Livet

You could do that with chickens, pigs and whatever animal tofu comes from. Those things, though? I'm not getting that close to those racks

CaptOriginal
CaptOriginal

hawhawhaw!!! Did you think of that yourself?!?! That's awesome!!

Am_Bro_Se
Am_Bro_Se

I feel much better eating wild game than farmed, processed chicken, beef and pork. At least I know the animal had a much better life in the wild.

Also, aren't chickens petting zoo animals too - they are at the Houston Zoo...Would you think twice about eating chicken?

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