I've taken part in the harvesting of 5 Dall sheep and have helped eat part of all of them. The meat quality has been extremely high, with the exception of the last one. Even from the start, there has been a "rutty" or game flavor to this year's meat that I have never tasted in other Dall sheep. This ram in particular was a 9 year old double broomer that was off by himself when I shot him. All of the 5 sheep were harvested in the month of August.
We take meat care really seriously. For every one of these animals the meat was trimmed carefully, kept cool, and processed as soon as possible. None of the meat was left to age excessively or mixed with other meat or fat during the grinding or packaging.
Interestingly enough though, this sheep from last year just doesn't taste as good. We keep selecting the black tail deer and moose packages in our freezer and have been reserving the sheep meet for things like spaghetti, tacos, and other things have a lot of spices added to them. Usually I have only needed to occasionally do that with my caribou or bear meat.
A friend of mine harvested a ewe many years ago and told me that it tasted horrible. I was surprised at the time since all the sheep I had taken up to that point had tasted excellent. I even went as far as telling everyone at that time that my favorite and best tasting meet was Dall sheep.
What has been your experience with Dall sheep meat? Did I just shoot one that full of piss and vinegar?