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Average bull elk weights.

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Unread 10-29-2013, 12:24 PM
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Re: Average bull elk weights.

Thanks for all the useful information. I process my own deer, and I am hoping to have the opportunity to try my hand at an elk within the next few years. For anyone who does it themselves, these kinds of statistics are very handy!

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    Unread 10-29-2013, 12:35 PM
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    Those are some eye opening numbers Rhian... I put down a huge bodied 6 point in South Central Idaho a few years back I figured for probably 900 pounds. He looked as big as a good size horse.. Didn't have to pack him far but those hind quarters sure seemed real heavy
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    Unread 10-31-2013, 03:40 PM
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    Re: Average bull elk weights.

    these #'s seem right on for what i have seen over the yrs with the elk i have had on a scale. the scale sure weeds out that 1000 lb elk so many guys seem to shoot each yr. lol
    the heaviest i have had on a scale was a nice 6x6 bull that was 389 lbs hanging with no guts/head/hide/legs.
    i've got a season ticket on a one way ride
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    Unread 10-31-2013, 08:26 PM
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    Re: Average bull elk weights.

    This isnt average, but I have put alot of 100# + quarters on my back. Weighed them. When I was young I cut between 3-4 rib and would saw or axe 1/4 down middle. I have shot a pile of 6x6 NW MT in tough mountain high snow country, they are big shouldered. My hunting buddy took a large 6 pt. in 2011 that had 140 front and 120 rear as described 1/4s that is 520 #'s , he shot a bull that size this year also. These I would refer to as ranch type special tag elk that run very large in body and horn.Bioligist thought elk 6-7 years old. We had two canadian moose in freezer at same time, one was 57'' 1/4s where front 120,rear 115 cut the same,so that gives you the idea.There are some big elk out there. A friend that was a local meat cutter shot a local elk about 20 years ago that hit the 1000 mark,west of Kalispell, it had 29'' fourths and gross about 370, was a very large pope bull for MT at the time.
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    Unread 11-06-2013, 10:37 PM
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    Re: Average bull elk weights.

    My cousin killed a 370 bull in southern Co. several years ago and the skinned carcass weighed over 700lbs at the butcher shop. The butcher said it was the largest bodied elk he had ever seen in 40 years of cutting meat.

    I need to get a scale and weigh my hind quarters from my elk that I killed last week. My guess is 70 lbs each, much larger than any cow I have ever killed and larger than most of my bulls also. I have only brought one bull to a meat locker whole and it was 320 lbs skinned without head or legs.
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    Unread 11-06-2013, 11:38 PM
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    those are some amazing numbers. I am very picky when I process an animal.. if its not meat I dont take it... there is some waste but my havalon helps cut down on that a lot but I dont get a fraction of what you get. I cut up a cow for a guy last year and got 50 lbs exactly... nothing below the first joint, no rib or neck meat. I have been trying to get more and more "adventurous" when I cut meat to get a higher yield but still not getting anything near what you are.

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    Unread 11-06-2013, 11:39 PM
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    Re: Average bull elk weights.

    Our biggest bull this year was 284 pounds, minus the backstrap, tenderloin and neck meat. No spine or pelvis.

    He was a big bull.

    There is a very big difference between the Roosevelt and Colorado Rocky elk.
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