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Guy I know just got a 6x6 out

Guy I know just got a 6x6 out in Arizona.  He got back 2 days ago, and finished his own butchering last night.  Petty quick......

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Do it yourself

I turned in 304 lbs of meat to the butcher from my cow elk last year.  It was $279 for her to get cut up and packaged. 

If I have the time I like to do it myself.

 

 

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I have had one elk cut and

I have had one elk cut and wrapped by a butcher shop and the only reason that I had them do it was because of time.  I just didn't have any between hunts.  That cut up job ran me just under $300.00 and I got 360 lbs of boned out meat off that elk.  Usually I just do it myself.  If you have some help in wrapping the meat you can do a deer, and an antelope in a couple of hours but I usually take a couple of days to do an elk. 

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what percent of live weight??

What percent of boned out meat should I figure on ending up with out of an elk.  For some reason I had 25% of live weight in my mind as the best case scenario.  Figured a 800 lb bull would yield about 200 lb of processed meat.  Of course, I guess that would a lot depend on how bloodshot the animal is and how careful the butcher is.  Is it possible to get a higher percentage?   

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You can get between 200 and

You can get between 200 and 500 lbs of meat from a bull.  It all depends on how big he is and how much of him makes it to the butcher shop.  I got over 300lbs of meat off of my cow last year.  I took her to the butcher whole though.

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I know it's about 40% for

I know it's about 40% for whitetail, as we butcher all our deer. I would think it would be close to the same for an elk.

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elk processing

$450.00 is alot of money but having jerky made it gets expensive.One place I found wants $15.00 a pound for jerky,its really good but I dont get to much at that rate. 

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DIY butchering and jerky

DIY can be a lot of work --especially the first time.

last year I de-boned my cow where she fell.  Lesson learned was to pack a good filet knife.  I did however have a pocket sharpener which was a godsend.  This year will add a filet knife and a better sharpening stone to my pack.

Butchering took about 16 hours with my wife helping.  Invested in a vacuum sealer and a grinder attachment for her kitchen-aid stand mixer.  both worth the investment.  Mid-sized cow produced about 230 lbs of food for the humans.

For jerky got some high Mountain cure and seasoning at Bass Pro.  Used with dehydrator, and jerky is outstanding.  "Man-crack!"

Also, threw out very little of the trimmings.  We diced these up for dog treats.  My wife pan fries these, and has even tried drying them to make jerky treats for the dogs. 

Christmas eve dinner... planned to serve crab legs, beef sirloin, and elk tenderloins ... for the few who I knew would eat wild game.  Should have skipped the beef and tripled the number of elk steaks ... the bambie lovers became converts real quick when they saw how tender and "cute" those lil tenderloins were!!!

Hmmmm...time to go pull some steaks out!

 

 

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We've always done our own

We've always done our own deer, and that, IMO, is part of the experience.  We'd have my Mom, Dad, and I cutting, and my mom would have a pan with some butter and onions going on the stove as we cut.  A little tenderloin or backstrap... Yum Yum!

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Does kitchen-aid make a

Does kitchen-aid make a cubing attachment for her stand mixer? If they do, I would buy one as you are missing out on some good eating. Elk cube steak is awesome. We do the same thing with our trimmings and my dog loves it!

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