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Butchering An ELK

Well, after the last 3 days I have come to the conclusion that I am no longer going to butcher my own elk.  This bull has all but put me into traction.  After cutting and wrapping around 200 lbs of steaks and roast I still have around 150 lbs of burger to grind up on Sunday with a old #32 grinder.  I may just have to take a fast trip down to Cabela's and pick up one of those fancy electric job ones, just if they were not so expensive. 

Oh well, I'll just keep cranking until I am done.  It is good exercise for the biceps and triceps turning that old crank around and around. 

I am also tired of the smell of meat, yes meat.  If I worked as a butcher for a living I would become a vegetarian.  Tonights dinner fare is going to be a nice sallad of lettice, cucumbers, radishies, pepers, and what ever else is left in my garden. 

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You could always send me

You could always send me some. Big smile

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A good cause

If you send me some, I promise it will go to feed hungry children........mine!

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Your offers are coming too

Your offers are coming too late, all the real hard work is done.  All I have left to do is to grind the burger which should only take a couple of hours in the morning.  But I'll remember you next time I even think of doing this and see if you would like to come to my house and put in some sweat equity. Laugh

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Elk butchering

Definitely not my favorite part of hunting, but I've been doing it almost every fall since I shot my first bull back in 1966. And quite a number of years I butchered several critters.

I'm quite picky about what I eat, and many butcher shops don't trim as clean as I like.

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buffybr, I'll have to agree

buffybr,

I'll have to agree with you on that.  I have taken care of all my animals from pulling the trigger to the final wrapping of them for the freezer except for one of them.  And on that elk I just didn't have the time to do it myself due to other things going on.  I have only been doing it now for close to 50 years and for some reason this bull just kicked my rear end this year to the point that I actually thought about taking it to a butcher.  But after I get the burger ground up I won't worry about it until I pull the trigger on another one. 

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Butcherin an elk

I have been hunting for a while but not as long as you. I still enjoy everything from shooting to butchering. I do have some of the updated equipment which makes it easier.

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Well, I was off on my burger

Well, I was off on my burger poundage.  I got 156 lbs per my trusty bathroom scale which brings the total of boneless cut and wrapped steaks, roast, and burger to about 356 lbs.  I knew that elk was big but after cutting and wrapping it up I realize just how big. 

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You can't eat that much. Do

You can't eat that much. Do you want my address?

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My sister has already

My sister has already informed me that the elk meat that I gave to her last year is gone and that she would love some more...then my niece called and asked for some. 

You have to love relatives.....

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I have no relatives in

I have no relatives in Colorado. What I shoot.......I eat.

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