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Joined: 08/20/2006
Posts: 35
elk size

can any one tell me what the weight of their elk would be on the hoof?
just wanted to know to tell some friends that think they know every thing.
thank you for your time.
gary b.

WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374
elk size

Bull or Cow?

Bulls can be from 700lbs on up to......well not sure what the heaviest has weight in at Think

Cows are usually 500lbs to about 700lbs.

These are numbers I've seen published. Hunted these things most of my life, but never actually had the capacity to weigh one in the field. Not sure how one would go about doing that. Only know generally how much meat they will yield once butchered.

Let me just say that these animals are too heavy for your friend to haul out of the mountains by himself. You need help with elk.

cowgal's picture
Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/10/2002
Posts: 1787
elk size

Elk like any game animal can vary widely in weight. From around 400-500 for cows up to 1200 lbs for a very large bull. I would say average weight for a full grown bull would be in the 700-800 range and for a full grown cow about 500. This is for Rocky Mountain Elk in Colorado. Don't know if elk in other states run larger or smaller.

Location: Idaho
Joined: 02/28/2006
Posts: 159
elk size

My bull this year was well over 800 on the hoof. The hind quarters were over 120 pounds. Made for a great pack.

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
Posts: 591
elk size

The hind quarters on my bull this year were about 120 lbs. They say if an animal is butchered correctly you will yield about 50%-55% of the live body weight in meat. My bull this year yielded about 350 lbs of meat so I'm guessing he weighed about 700 lbs.

From what I've seen published is about what WesternHunter mentioned.

Location: north idaho
Joined: 06/11/2004
Posts: 610
elk size

I have been lucky and have gotten 3 elk to the butcher whole. skinned and gutted, etc quarters and rib cage.

6x6 weighed in at 442 minus a front shoulder.
spike weighed in at 263
5x5 354

so I don't know if guts and skin and head would be equal to half the weight or not.


Joined: 12/03/2005
Posts: 1572
elk size

One time we weighed the guts of a bull moose(field dresed) and I believe it was either 125 or 135 lbs.. Animal was then 650 lbs. After skinning,head removed,legs etc, I believe we got about 350 lbs of good meat.

I 'm going to go with about 60- 65 % loss from the hoof to the dinner plate