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    How much meat

    What is a reasonable amount of meat to get from a mature bull elk? I killed my first elk this past fall and got about 130 lbs from it including a little added fat. Does this seem reasonable?

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    The last 2 years I've got a cow and I process my own meat and before I added anything to it for the burger I got 88 pounds from one and 79 pounds from the other so I'd guess that's about right.

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    That seems light, but I guess I'd ask what you mean by mature? Looked big, was big, rag horn, branch bull, was it aged by hanging, was it shot up? Do you recall the hanging weight? It is tough to say, but mature to me would be a branch antlered bull or there a bouts I guess. I've harvested several cows, shot in the lungs type harvest, that yielded more boned out meat than what your bull did, not saying he was not mature. But these cows were what I'd call full grown.

    Try this info:

    http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B594R.pdf

    Would have made your bull just under 450lbs. on the hoof.
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    We brought boned out meat from a Bull and a cow back this year. We weighed it at the meat locker and the total for both was 388lbs. That was before We processed it ourselves. I will tell you we stripped them both down to the bone.

    This was the meat off the Bull laid out then sprayed with citric acid for cooling before we packed him out. It took two trips for two of us to pack him out boned. Then one gear trip. The cow we heavy packed her out in one trip, it was straight down the mountain.
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    Boy that sure seems low to me. Was there much meat damage from shot?

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    Somewhere in the 125-175 range would be normal. I did get 330# off a nm bull a few years ago. Filled two 120qt coolers to the brim with nothing but separated muscles and some trim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WapitiBob View Post
    Somewhere in the 125-175 range would be normal. I did get 330# off a nm bull a few years ago. Filled two 120qt coolers to the brim with nothing but separated muscles and some trim.
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    The last 2 years I've got a cow and I process my own meat and before I added anything to it for the burger I got 88 pounds from one and 79 pounds from the other so I'd guess that's about right.
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    It does not seem too far off to me , if it was a large branched bull it would seem a little light.

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    My wife's cow elk this year was right at 140 pounds and we lost a little from one shoulder... was a good sized cow. My bull was well over 200 pounds but he was a big, old bull.

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    I have gotten the following amounts of boneless meat in the past:

    5 pt. bull: 128 pounds
    spike: 83 pounds
    cow: 85 pounds
    cow: 82 pounds
    cow: 74 pounds

    We do our own butchering.

 

 

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