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Average bull elk weights.

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:37 PM
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Average bull elk weights.

I took an average 3.5 year old bull this week end and made a very clean kill with a neck shot so I took my time this morning cutting him so I could get a good set of numbers for some others info. He's a little above the average elk but below a big boy, there was less than a pound of meat loss so the numbers are quite good.

Live weight was 474.65 pounds.

Hanging weight, skinned and no head or legs was 337.65 pounds.

Total meat yield was 242.65 pounds.

Steak and roast meat was 77.15 pounds.

Trim for burger was 165.5 pounds.

Left front shoulder was 29.5 pounds and right was 26.1 pounds of trim meat.

Left hind quarter 30.3 pounds of steak and roast and 21.5 pounds of trim, the right quarter went 28 pounds of steak and 18.6 pounds of trim.

Flank and rib meat was 37 pounds of trim.

Backstraps went 15 pounds of steak and 15.85 pounds of trim.

Neck was 17 pounds of trim.

Tenderloins were 3.85 pounds of scrumptious goodness!

Bone was 95 pounds, hide, head and horns was 62 pounds. You can add about 75 pounds of rest of the legs and guts and gore.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:19 AM
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Re: Average bull elk weights.

Originally Posted by bigngreen View Post

Tenderloins were 3.85 pounds of scrumptious goodness!
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:52 AM
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Re: Average bull elk weights.

Thanks, I appreciate the objectivity you bring to this subject. I always learn something.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:50 AM
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Re: Average bull elk weights.

How about the heart and liver ? I enjoy the heart, boiled with mashed potato and gravy. Hard to find anyone that will take the liver. But I hate to waste it. Try every couple of years to eat some and just haven't developed a taste for it yet.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:03 AM
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Re: Average bull elk weights.


Congrats on the fine harvest ans thanks for sharing another great thread.

I know that you (esp. with your many years of experience in doing so) try to save as much meat as possible when you do it yourself, but what would be an expected yield if one takes it to a reputable processing place.

I'm leaning towards 150 to 200 lbs, as most don't bother with trimming meat off ribs or trimming close to bones.

Some of my friends were dissatisfied from their yield last year as they were expecting more. My co-worker shot a mature cow and got IIRC 80 lbs of meat. When I told them it's a reasonable yield, they disagreed so I told them if they do not like the game processing yield to to it themselves.


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Old 10-28-2013, 01:18 PM
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Thanks for the detailed weights. Very interesting. My own experience closely follows that description. In five years of weighing elk with no guts,head or hide, the heaviest I can recall was a large cow that weighed in at 608. Most raghorn bulls came in at around 425-500 lbs like that. Heaviest bulls at about 550 lbs. We weighed about 40-50 elk a season. I personally think talk of 1,000 Lb elk is a little assanine. These elk were all taken and weighed in western Co., and I am sure there are bigger elk in the western states, but that is what they weigh in that country.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:23 PM
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Just curious as to what would be considered a large bull (live weight) in the area you hunt?
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