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post #1 of 119 (permalink) Old 12-21-2019, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Is the cost of butchering turning away hunters

I do my own deer but guys at work are saying it cost them 70 dollars to butcher plus 25 to vacuum seal so 95 dollars for steak and burger. So I got to thinking for me I got 3 doe tags this year if all I did was rifle hunt I donít know how I could afford to shoot four deer in two weeks with Christmas right around the corner. Is this possibly one reason people arenít hunting the cost? Or is it why some people are just one and done?
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The butcher i go to charges by the pound. An average deer is about $90 wrapped like you would get at the grocery store. I do take some there but also do some on my own when i have time. Unfortunately for me my job is really busy during the early archery through rifle season so thats normally when i pay to get them done. Late season i normally have time to do them myself.
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Not at all, the average hunter is never going to shoot 4 deer in to weeks. There are those hunters that could/would/will, but they are definitely not the norm..
Of course there are people on this site who will not agree, but part of hunting is butchering. You either learn to do it yourself, or you are paying someone else to do it. It's something that you need to plan for just as much as any other aspect of hunting.
If the "cost" of butchering is driving people away from shooting deer, then they probably weren't very invested in hunting anyway...
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Ok this got me thinking with all the gear and stuff we buy bows guns clothes stands ext
the butcher fee is prob the least of it
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I only shoot one deer a season, it cost me between 70 to 85 depending on what I want, but for most experienced hunters they always have a plan on what they will do once they get one. Granted a lot of hunters butcher their own to save money, especially if their shooting a few. But I see no reason why the butchering aspect of it would deter someone from hunting. The PGC has set up the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program through out the State at some butcher shops, and this helps everyone. Some hunters don`t like venison at all, but like to hunt so they donate it to the food bank. A great program I might add.....
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I don't think so at all. I work with a guy that decided he wanted to get into deer hunting for the meat a couple of years ago. He works out all the time and apparently read the benefits of venison in terms of being high in protein and low in fat. He started asking me some questions about hunting and I talked him into a bow. Next thing you know he gets a Mathews Triax and starts slaying deer. Even killed a ten point his first year hunting. He shoots like 5-6 deer a year and takes them all to the butcher. The same goes for another buddy that just got into it a few years ago. So my answer would be no, the cost of butchering is not a factor..
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I've been doing my own butchering for as long as I can remember. Couldn't afford having someone else do it in the begining so if I wanted to hunt I had to learn. And I learned early on not to get another deer before the first one is butchered and in the freezer.

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For some probably. We enjoy the butchering days nearly as much as the hunt. Unless a person is handicapped to the point they can't do it, or thier age prevents them from processing, anyone can do it. We know we are getting the meat from the deer we have harvested.
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Deer are so simple to butcher there would be no reason to give up hunting because of butchering expense. I remember way back to my college days hanging deer on the back fire escape of my apartment for a quick skinning and quartering job and then hanging the quarters on our balcony until they were processed. I enjoy butchering deer and my dogs really appreciate all the scraps and bones they get out of the deal.
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I enjoy doing all my deer myself. All it costs is some freezer bags, canning jar lids, salt, stuff like that and some electricity. Part of the hunt and this way I know all the meat was gets used and no waste.

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