There are legitimately huge individual animals, but I wonder if occasionally folks don’t pick up their meat and processors don’t pawn it off on folks and act like they just shot huge animals. Who doesn’t want to think they shot a massive elk.You got ripped. Or you got someone else elk as well I suppose. Winning!
I trimmed pretty heavily this year compared to normal and it was 53#trim to 460# start. So about 11.5%. I normally trim much less and keep more fat on/take less meat but in the spirit of being quicker and knowing that I was turning it into dog food, I felt good with that. Based on some of your numbers maybe you aren't taking it all out of the field or maybe you do trim too much fat? Do you take the skirt steak and entire flanks? Those pieces are quite a bit of meat on an elk, less so on a deer but still a few pounds. How about all of the meat between the ribs? How about the neck meat all the way up to the back of the skull? The neck meat on male specimens can account for a huge percentage of the meat haul. On my AK elk for example, the massive thick neck is what really stood out to me about its overall ridiculous size. I didn't weight them specifically but the meat bag that had all the neck meat in it was a plump full load - so probably 70-80#.2023 - All boneless and completely trimmed
Cow Elk - 100 pounds - lost estimated 15 points to broadhead carnage on hind quarter
3 doe antelope - 16 pounds (real old and looked like she was deteriorating), 18 pounds (young), and 23 pounds (beautiful)
Mule Deer Doe - 35 pounds
I must trim with my eyes closed compared to some of your numbers! My personal estimates when I am getting ready for the seasons are :
Doe Antelope - 15 - 25
Buck Antelope - 20 - 40
Doe Deer - 35 - 50
Buck Deer - 50 - 70
Cow Elk - 100 - 140
Bull Elk - 120 - 200
Wait, what? Welcome to HT?There are legitimately huge individual animals, but I wonder if occasionally folks don’t pick up their meat and processors don’t pawn it off on folks and act like they just shot huge animals. Who doesn’t want to think they shot a massive elk.
Depending how much you boned out, but if it was minimal boning, would make a WAG of 92# total pack weight with rifle included.......anyone wanna guess what my total one trip backpack weight was on my mini forky shot last night?
i emptied the water bladder and had the gun strapped to my pack. no extra food left, about 15 oz of gatorade zero left in a gatorade bottle, and some extra outer layer down bottoms and coat.
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Depending how much you boned out, but if it was minimal boning, would make a WAG of 92# total pack weight with rifle included.......