That's why I started doing my own some years back. I don't have to pay their outrageous bill and it's very rewarding as well. I also know that I get my own meat and I can control what goes into the grinder and what gets thrown out. I had a Moose butchered once too and when I got hit with the $360 bill for a standard cut I did my other two myself.
I bought a grinder from Cabelas a couple years ago, great purchase. I also have a smoker and slicer. I make bologna and burger myself and have never thought about going to a butcher. A grinder will last a lifetime so if you plan on living at least 10 more year you will start saving money, less time if the cost keeps going up. Plus for me it is fun to do it myself . Oh yea I get a vacuum sealer too.
Basic cut for me is $50.00, with bulk sausage cut is $55.00 and goes up from there. What I really like about the guy that does my deer is he only charges $12.00 for a whole smoke roasted deer ham (the whole back leg). Best 12 bucks you'll ever spend right there!
Big Al's "Take-Em" Style Silhouette Decoys Pro-Staff.
That's on my list of "need to purchase" items. Been saying that for years though.
I've been butchering my own since long as I can remember. Started helping my Dad when I was about 6 years old. That was a few decades ago.
What he taught me, and what I teach my kids, is that preparing the meat from a kill is part of the hunt.
I understand though that some people don't have either the time, space, or ability to do their own butchering.
People are sick of politicians, and me, I hate cats in the house.