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How Much Meat Should I Expect? (Deer, Elk, Moose, Bear)

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by SwearNoAllegiance, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. SwearNoAllegiance

    SwearNoAllegiance Member

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    I have to be honest, I am new to hunting for the most part. Didn't like it much as a kid, but now, as a man, I feel it to be very important and am over my petty complaints of how gross it is or how sad I am that I had to kill a cute little rabbit.

    I am finding that the older I get (25 now), the more I want to be self-reliant. I'm planning on moving to either Alaska, Montana, Alberta, or British Columbia and am going to take up a quiet life outside of conventional society.

    I need to know how much meat an average deer, elk, moose, and even bear will yield. This is important because I plan to live mostly on game that I shoot myself.

    Thank you, kindly.
     
  2. sumpnz

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    Pretty close to 40-50% of the dressed weight is reasonable. Give or take depending on the quality of the critter's food source.
     
  3. SwearNoAllegiance

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    Perhaps my question should revolve around the average weight of the animals I ask about. I'll google search it later, but if anyone has any experience, I would be obliged if you saved me some time.
     
  4. nickE10mm

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    I would say that from a smallish deer (like the one I got last week in my other thread), I yielded about 35 lbs of pure, fatless meat (and that's not counting the rump, ribcage/meat or neck) ... in other words, just the shoulders, hams and tenderloins. Of course, I made mine into jerky which is the dry part of the meat (with no water) which reduces its weight by about 90%.

    From a larger doe or buck, I've gotten as much as 60+ lbs of usable, good quality meat per deer. In other words, a LOT. Hope that helps.
     
  5. MountainWalk

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    most montana bear are rather smallish, bout the same weight as an average mulie buck. As to you Q, depends on if you keep rib meat, neck meat. 40% weight as mentioned sounds right
     
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    The actual size of the critters will vary depending on location, age, and sub-species. That said, a single cow elk (400ish lbs dressed) was plenty of red meat for my family of 4 for a year. Probably a little under 200# of boned out meat. Granted, we don't eat elk every day (and since I didn't get one this year I'll be running out pretty soon :() and we do mix that up with store bought poultry, pork, etc.
     
  7. ChefJeff1

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    From my doe this year= 40#'s lean meat ready to eat.
    From my cow elk=100# lean meat, ready to eat.
    I don't plan on shopping the meat aisle of my local albertson's.
     
  8. SwearNoAllegiance

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    A Note from THR.US

    Crazy G from the Authorized version of THR says this,

    I found it to be an excellent piece of info.
     
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