Before I begin this post, a warning is needed.
LOP stands for Land Owner Preference and is the tag that is purchased through the Oregon Fish and Wildlife for harvesting elk that roam on our property. For those who object to harvesting i.e., hunting and shooting wildlife for food, do not continue to the next page.We are meat eaters, and along with our farm raised beef, we consume other wildlife that are a part of our farm. Our LOP elk tag had nearly run out for the season and since the elk have been tormenting the fences and more importantly tormenting me with their big old footy prints on soggy ground, we went about filling our harvest tag. When Mike shot this one, 80 other elk ran through the field and off to quieter forests.
Field dressing a large animal is something that we are quite used to but since this elk was dropped right in our field, a quick scoop up with forks of the front loader on the tractor brought the whole critter right up near the house.
The animal was cut into four quarters and moved into the cooler. After hanging to cool for two days, the meat was cut up and processed into packages of roasts, steaks and hamburger. Stew meat sized chunks were frozen in 5-9 lb. tubs to be later made into sausage and pepperoni.