LOL...I'm from pa guys so our local butchers around here are a heck of a lot cheaper than what you guys have out west. I think what shocked me the most out of the whole thing was the high cost of butchering out there. I think I paid 150 for a mulie and I thought it was highway robbery! If I bring back a quartered elk all they'll have to do is run it through the saw and wrap it. The tenderloins and straps will already be taken care of and whatever is left from the steaks will just be roasts. He'll have it done in no time. Heck, even if it took him an hour(which it won't) that's 300 bucks an hour to process an elk! I think the butchers out there jack their prices up because they know that nobody wants to deal with an elk and most guys out there are already spending a few grand on a hunt, especially out of staters going through an outfitter. This increases their demand and therefore they can charge a heck of a lot more.