What does it cost now to have a deer cut up to be later wrapped for the freezer? I have done my own in past years but I am looking at archery season (warm weather) and new time constrants. I would just want it done enough so I could put it a the refrigerater to age. Thanks
Average price here, Monroe County, is about $75. Thats for burger, steaks, chops, loin. Extras like beef sticks, bologna, jerky is more, usually alot more. But nothing like a fresh beef stick in your coat during late season flinter!!!
We all make choices, some good, some bad, can you live up to yours?
Ours is about the same. To be brutally honest the cost of getting it cut up has prevented me from shooting deer. I still like to hunt but I am much more picky about releasing an arrow. I can buy chicken for nearly the same cost per pound and I like it better. I know that you can't compare cost directly, but for $75 of can have 40 pounds of deer or 40 pounds of chicken I will take the chicken everytime.
It's been a while since I have taken a deer to a processor (I do my own) but last I heard around York/Cumberland County it was $80-$90 just for a basic cut (burger not mixed, steaks, roasts, loins).
I do my own:
Refrigerator from craigslist - Free
Counter tops (butcher tables) out of uncles house - Free
Outdoor Edge Knife set for b-day form father - Free
Grinder - $100
Gambrel - $30
Knowing I am getting MY venison and who and what has touched it - PRICELESS!!
That's why I butcher my own. Started doing it 3 years ago and have done 7 deer so far. Have more than paid for the equipment - vac-sealer, knives, grinder, jerky gun. I'm going to get a cuber for this season.