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What size freezer to fit an elk?

Hey everyone. I'm new to the forum and elk hunting as I just moved to CO 2 years ago and am going on my first elk hunt for a 2nd rifle bull in 22/23. I grew up hunting whitetail in Tennessee and North Carolina so this is a new world for me. My question is if I get an elk how big of a freezer will I need to fit all the meat in there? I'm confident processing it myself as I've always done my whitetail myself and know it will be a lot of work. I'm just concerned that my 7.8 cu ft freezer won't be quite big enough and might need a second. 

Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks

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It all depends on the size of

It all depends on the size of the elk that you plan on shooting.  The bull that I shot this last muzzle loading season gave me around 350 lbs of boned out steaks and roast and burger, that would max out a 7.8 cubic foot freezer.  It also depends on what else you plan on putting into that freezer. 

My freezer is a 21 cubic foot one and I have had it full a couple of times, but the last time was when I had a half a beef and another large elk in it along with a deer.  But remember that if it is too small of a freezer you also have the one on your refrigerator to take up some packages and it it is still too small then you can pick up another one once you see just what you will actually be needing. 

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You're right, I do have a

You're right, I do have a freezer above my fridge but it's still got a good amount of ducks and some deer left over from last year. Maybe I should try and eat it all before next weekend haha. 

Thanks for the input

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Welcome to BGH and hope you

Welcome to BGH and hope you stick around for awhile. A 7.8 CU FT might be pushing it depending on the size of animal you get if you get one. Like Critter I have a big (I Think 21 or 24 foot CU FT) chest freezer also. It can hold 2 elk and 2 deer along with several fish, ducks and geese. Might we worth the investment to go bigger if you get an elk and have the room.

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Thanks man. I'll be sticking

Thanks man. I'll be sticking around for sure. I need as much knowledge as I can get from yall as I'm very green when it comes to elk.

I found a pretty decent deal on a 14.8 cu ft freezer and will most likely snag it this weekend to be safe in case I do harvest an elk. Especially since I have deer Oct 18-26 so I'll REALLY need the space if I bag a deer too a week later.

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Good deals are always cool to

Good deals are always cool to find. Good luck on the hunt and tell us how you did once back.

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Yours should work

I put a 14 cu ft chest freezer in the front of my Cargo Trailer when I come out West Elk hunting.

it will easely hold 3 or 4 deboned elk.

so yours should work,

Kevin

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It would be close for a 7.8

It would be close for a 7.8 cubic foot freezer depending on the size of elk that he shoots.  The one bull that I shot that gave me 360 lbs of boned out steaks, roast, and burger would come close to fill it if it didn't fill it compleatly.  Even the bull that I shot this year with its 350 lbs of meat would be pushing it. 

Now if he happens to shoot a cow or a calf then he would be home free or even a smaller bull but a lot of the areas are 4pt or better and even they take up quite a bit of room. 

I was kink of wondering just what a 8 cubic foot freezer would look like size wise so I measured the freezer comparatment of my refrigitator and it come up just shy of 4.5 cubic feet with the ice maker installed and I know that neither of my last two bulls would fit into it.

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I picked up a basically brand

I picked up a basically brand new 14.5 cu ft freezer today from a neighbor from a neighbor who was moving for a good price. I should be all set. The guy I got it from said his bull last year filled it about half way. So with that and the 1/8 left in my 7.8 I should be set

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my chest freezer is d=21.5

my chest freezer is d=21.5 w=41 h=33.5  don't know what the cubic feet is, but i wouldn't go smaller than this.   if your married, there will be other stuff she will want in there also.

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Cubic Foot

tim wrote:

my chest freezer is d=21.5 w=41 h=33.5  don't know what the cubic feet is, but i wouldn't go smaller than this.   if your married, there will be other stuff she will want in there also.

Tim, just as a FYI if you ever need it your freezer is 17 cubic foot. 

length X width X heigth = cubic foot.  or 21.5x41x33.5=29530.25 cubic inches then to convert cubic inches to foot divide the total by 1728 to see cubic foot.  The 1728 figure comes from multiplying 12"x12"x12" to find the total number of cubic inches in a cubic foot. 

I need to get outside and do something.