I have always done my own. Grew up doing it that way. The one exception was my moose, because it was so dang big. Didn't get back nearly as much meat as I thought I would. Not sure if was the processor or just my expectations. But I doubt I will ever take another one in. I don't necessarily enjoy it. Time consuming for sure. But that's the way it goes. Good sense of accomplishment though seeing the nicely packaged meat ready for the freezer.