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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2012, 03:50:12 PM »
 :yeah:.  They do good work meat comes out and taste fine the only problem i have had was messed up orders twice now.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2012, 05:39:49 PM »
 :yeah: :yeah:
I never miss a stop in at Owens when in CE.  Last time I bought 3 yards of there meat sticks and polished off the whole bag on the way home.  That stuff is like crack to me.  Their jalepeno and cheeses brats are also outstanding.  Never had game processed there, do it all myself, but I wouldn't hesitate.  Seems like real good guys there.
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2012, 06:18:47 PM »
:yeah:.  They do good work meat comes out and taste fine the only problem i have had was messed up orders twice now.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2012, 06:29:26 PM »
One thing folks don't understand on their questimate of "ripped off meat" is there is a Lot of waste when you prepare a carcase for table fare from feezer to pan.  You want to trim it..................do it yourself.  They gave me flawless meet on the last elk, but I want to do it myself this time.

Their game burger was the bomb last time.  Think they put 5% beef fat in that was white as snow.  That's what I will really miss but will have a go at it myself.

You guys that put pork fat in game are lost.............................unless of course your making sausage.

Tried bacon once for fat back on deer burger..............................yuk.

Right now the only answer to the orginal question was maybe $20 bucks a day.  Yea hang that sucker for 7 days and I'll come pick it up................NOT!

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2012, 01:46:59 PM »
One thing folks don't understand on their questimate of "ripped off meat" is there is a Lot of waste when you prepare a carcase for table fare from feezer to pan.  You want to trim it..................do it yourself.  They gave me flawless meet on the last elk, but I want to do it myself this time.

Their game burger was the bomb last time.  Think they put 5% beef fat in that was white as snow.  That's what I will really miss but will have a go at it myself.

You guys that put pork fat in game are lost.............................unless of course your making sausage.

Tried bacon once for fat back on deer burger..............................yuk.

Right now the only answer to the orginal question was maybe $20 bucks a day.  Yea hang that sucker for 7 days and I'll come pick it up................NOT!



Did you call Owens and ask yet?  What did you find out? 

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2012, 06:08:36 PM »
I haven't called.  Since I'm heading over east in a couple weeks and always stop there to-and-from I will ask them in person.

I'll post up the answer then.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2012, 06:25:33 PM »
Owens are a bunch of crooks. They should be shut down and ran out of town.  It may be a little better around there since they got rid of Ray but I refuse to take any game to them.  Had a friend drop a pig of to them a couple of years back.  He ended up walking into the store and saw the best looking loins he had ever seen in there.  Got his meat home and his loins were in the retail store being sold. He ended up with some other hog.  :bash:.  There are lots of stories just like this one but you get the idea!
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2012, 06:30:53 PM »
Owens are a bunch of crooks. They should be shut down and ran out of town.  It may be a little better around there since they got rid of Ray but I refuse to take any game to them.  Had a friend drop a pig of to them a couple of years back.  He ended up walking into the store and saw the best looking loins he had ever seen in there.  Got his meat home and his loins were in the retail store being sold. He ended up with some other hog.  :bash:.  There are lots of stories just like this one but you get the idea!
that's kinda hard to prove ain't it?  Im not much of a fan of Owens myself but how do you know they sold his meat?

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2012, 07:05:08 PM »
I could go on for days the things some of the employees did but I said it before I wont air dirty laundry and these things came from the mouth of an employee to me personally.There are a lot of bad stories coming from there I personally never have or will take game animals there as far as steaks and ribs there great but for pepperoni and jerky Careks hands down is my choice.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2012, 07:13:15 PM »
I've taken items to them in the past and don't any longer. Always polite, always timely, priced ok. Love their pork and beef products. I just always got the feeling they were " batching" game meat. I would take in a whitetail from the poluse, but get some of the gamiest tasting steaks back. When I can taste sage in meat from an animal that had no sage within 30 miles of it seems strange. A buddy cut my deer up last year and I've encountered none of the taste issues. Frustrating to make a ton of effort on care of the meat only to have it seem like it was mixed with other peoples unknown meat.

Careks is a real good choice as well.
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2012, 10:19:43 PM »
my hunting camp has taken several animals to Owens and never have had a bad experience. Nor have i had to question how much meat i got back. You cant expect a 90% weight return of what you take in, especially the people who dont de-bone their game. And as said before, Owens will beat any butchers out there with their meats and jerky. Their marinated chicken breats are some of the best too.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2012, 11:10:09 PM »
To follow up I've never had an issue with the amount of meat I've gotten back from them.
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #37 on: July 18, 2012, 02:26:26 AM »
I like Owens for my grandpa's sausage and slab bacon.  Our elk, deer and bear are processed at our meat locker and it always turns out fantastic.  We like to know what we're eating.  Deer and elk cube steak are awesome.:tup:       

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2012, 02:43:28 PM »
You cant expect a 90% weight return of what you take in, especially the people who dont de-bone their game. .

So bones and trimmings make up Only 10 percent?  Sheesh, I'm confused....

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2012, 06:43:40 PM »
Owens are a bunch of crooks. They should be shut down and ran out of town.  It may be a little better around there since they got rid of Ray but I refuse to take any game to them.  Had a friend drop a pig of to them a couple of years back.  He ended up walking into the store and saw the best looking loins he had ever seen in there.  Got his meat home and his loins were in the retail store being sold. He ended up with some other hog.  :bash:.  There are lots of stories just like this one but you get the idea!
that's kinda hard to prove ain't it?  Im not much of a fan of Owens myself but how do you know they sold his meat?
Long time family from the area told me the story.  I have also heard of someone dropping off an elk and one of rays buddies was standing there.  The guy who dropped the elk off left.  Ray cut out a chunk of backstrap and handed it to his buddy.  Local talk or gossip what ever you call it. None the less came from a reliable source.
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2012, 11:39:44 AM »
I called Owens today and asked if they will hang wildgame for a cooling fee (not for owens to process) or per day fee and they said "they only hang what they process".  I'd like to know if anyone around there will hang/cool wildgame for a fee if someone finds out. 

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2012, 11:55:10 AM »
I called Owens today and asked if they will hang wildgame for a cooling fee (not for owens to process) or per day fee and they said "they only hang what they process".  I'd like to know if anyone around there will hang/cool wildgame for a fee if someone finds out.

Call Robbers Roost in Ellensburg. Ask how to get ahold of Steve. He processes wild game during the season in their shop and is hands down the best anywhere around. Doesn't mix meat and is the nicest most honest guy you'll ever meet. You can also find him at Super 1 meat dept as full time job.

He is the only person I will ever trust with my game again beside when I do it myself. His pepperoni is the best in Kittitas Co. Have him do a batch of duck for you sometime too. If you aren't convinced he's the best I'd pay your butcher fee myself.
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2012, 03:44:28 PM »
I can't believe not many butchers allow "hang only" anymore. (well maybe I can, but they suck) There's a place off Stratford road outa Moses that I called a few years ago and they wanted $25 per day if I remember correctly.  Outrageous

Green Vally meats in Auburn hung my deer a couple years ago for $25 for the whole week.  I thought that was a rip back then.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2012, 06:30:51 PM »
I called Owens today and asked if they will hang wildgame for a cooling fee (not for owens to process) or per day fee and they said "they only hang what they process".  I'd like to know if anyone around there will hang/cool wildgame for a fee if someone finds out.

Call Robbers Roost in Ellensburg. Ask how to get ahold of Steve. He processes wild game during the season in their shop and is hands down the best anywhere around. Doesn't mix meat and is the nicest most honest guy you'll ever meet. You can also find him at Super 1 meat dept as full time job.

He is the only person I will ever trust with my game again beside when I do it myself. His pepperoni is the best in Kittitas Co. Have him do a batch of duck for you sometime too. If you aren't convinced he's the best I'd pay your butcher fee myself.
:yeah: Hey Happy! My brother Steve bought Robbers Roost a few months ago, not sure if he is taking in wild game this year other than family and friends[which keeps him busy  :chuckle:]. 206, I may have a cooler you could use ( Ellensburg area) if it's not full of critters! A bottle of Pendleton is usually what we ask!
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #44 on: July 26, 2012, 06:46:47 PM »
Ok, seriously do you know for sure what you drop off is yours when you pick it up ? I have had prime meat done in sausage, jerky, pep etc and dropped of a 7 yr old sage muley. The final product is the same. Was it my meat? Trust me, if you drop off a moose do you think those guys dont take a prime steak for them or their family? I dont know but?? I use a local brewery/sausage making company that is very particular what they take in. It must be in good shape, bone free, and vacume packed. I bone out my meat and vacume seal it in 30lb bags. Then in the OFF SEASON take my meat in to be done how I want it. A full-time butcher shop can get crazy certain times of the year. Especially during hunting season. Their mistakes are not on purpose but they happen. In todays world with cabelas offering so much in processing gear why wouldnt you do it your self. We do so much research when we hunt but then we don't care about the final product of processing our game? When in doubt do some of it yourself. As for getting a cooler during archery, I agree you have to find a meat locker to hang. Most good hunting spots are somewhat close to farmers and they all have a cooler. A 50 or C note would probably take care of it. Just my two cents or  :twocents:

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #45 on: July 26, 2012, 08:06:19 PM »
Ok, seriously do you know for sure what you drop off is yours when you pick it up ? I have had prime meat done in sausage, jerky, pep etc and dropped of a 7 yr old sage muley. The final product is the same. Was it my meat? Trust me, if you drop off a moose do you think those guys dont take a prime steak for them or their family? I dont know but?? I use a local brewery/sausage making company that is very particular what they take in. It must be in good shape, bone free, and vacume packed. I bone out my meat and vacume seal it in 30lb bags. Then in the OFF SEASON take my meat in to be done how I want it. A full-time butcher shop can get crazy certain times of the year. Especially during hunting season. Their mistakes are not on purpose but they happen. In todays world with cabelas offering so much in processing gear why wouldnt you do it your self. We do so much research when we hunt but then we don't care about the final product of processing our game? When in doubt do some of it yourself. As for getting a cooler during archery, I agree you have to find a meat locker to hang. Most good hunting spots are somewhat close to farmers and they all have a cooler. A 50 or C note would probably take care of it. Just my two cents or  :twocents:

Great advice and opinion!  I've always wanted to have my own processing place but I live on the westside and hunt the eastside for elk (archery).  I process my deer because they are small enough for me to handle & haul home with a short amount of time (possible in the late season).  Elk however are a different story...and it scares the crap out of me to head home because of the heat. 

In most cases my meat is extremely clean, cooled quick, taken down to cooler within a day, kept dry, and butterflied to keep air flowing...it's rare for me to get a "cleaning fee".  It always amazes me how nasty some hanging carcasses are when they come in.  I know some guys circumstances can be extreme and keeping game perfect can be practicly impossible at times. 

It would be a shame if Owens mixed meat and didn't give 100% back for what people are paying.  I know of 4 elk processed there last year & lots more in the past.

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2012, 08:23:45 AM »
206, I may have a cooler you could use ( Ellensburg area) if it's not full of critters! A bottle of Pendleton is usually what we ask!

I'll bring the BIG bottle since that's one of my favorites and then you can share.  I'll keep you in mind as the time gets closer.


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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2012, 01:19:38 PM »
I called Owens today and asked if they will hang wildgame for a cooling fee (not for owens to process) or per day fee and they said "they only hang what they process".  I'd like to know if anyone around there will hang/cool wildgame for a fee if someone finds out.

Call Robbers Roost in Ellensburg. Ask how to get ahold of Steve. He processes wild game during the season in their shop and is hands down the best anywhere around. Doesn't mix meat and is the nicest most honest guy you'll ever meet. You can also find him at Super 1 meat dept as full time job.

He is the only person I will ever trust with my game again beside when I do it myself. His pepperoni is the best in Kittitas Co. Have him do a batch of duck for you sometime too. If you aren't convinced he's the best I'd pay your butcher fee myself.
:yeah: Hey Happy! My brother Steve bought Robbers Roost a few months ago, not sure if he is taking in wild game this year other than family and friends[which keeps him busy  :chuckle:]. 206, I may have a cooler you could use ( Ellensburg area) if it's not full of critters! A bottle of Pendleton is usually what we ask!

That is Awesome news! Tell him a big Congrats!! I'm going to have to get over and buy some goodies real soon!
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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #48 on: October 30, 2012, 10:35:04 AM »
Good morning Teanaway Slayer. I couldn't help but notice a post you've made on the Washington hunting forum. It would be great if you could stop by, we would love the opportunity for you to meet us and become familiar with our way of doing business. We are in the middle of the game season and it would be the perfect time for you to see the operation in the busiest time, so that you can form and educated opinion of how we do business. We just figure that when you see how we actually perform our job and see the pride and our procedure's you might be more apt to post a positive post rather than the negative posts that seem to be based on others opinions or here say. Thanks for the time, Don and Doug 509-674-2530  P.S. We have spent our whole life in this business and it is our "life" and we pride our selves in the hones loyal way we do business. It is so easy for business's to get a bad reputation with all the social media outlets of today. Please allow yourself to be an informed member of "Hunting Washington forum". When you come in we will be happy to give you many many numbers to random customers that will be able to give you unbiased opinions of our work.  Thanks again

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Re: Cle Elum Owens meats
« Reply #49 on: October 30, 2012, 10:39:21 AM »
Stopped in at the store a few weeks ago as I usually do when passing through Cle Elum.  Those marinated chicken thighs were damn hard to beat, and the landjaeger lasted a couple days as usual.  Keep up the good work. :tup:

 

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