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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cost to butcher elk

Going out to Colorado for elk later in the year and assuming I'm successful, how much can I expect to pay just to get an elk butchered, without any additional products made?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 05:28 PM
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

I suggest to get a better idea search on Google fora butcher in that area you are hunting and give them a call. this will help establish a relationship as well.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 06:06 PM
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

Mine cost me $225 for steaks, roasts and burger meat. It came frozen and boxed for airplane weight. I had to open it up to add dry ice for the drive to Denver, then get rid of the dry ice for the flight. do not seal the boxes before check in. They make you prove there is no dry ice and make you tape them shut in front of them.

Southwest airlines was great. I was warned away from the others. Their computer told them that I had brought fish back from alaska within the last few years and that entitled me to a free bag. Before going to the airport my buddy and I UPS'd our bow cases back home to save a little money and make all the gear more manageble.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-29-2011, 06:54 PM
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

Two or three hundred is about right. If we have time we always butcher it ourselves, then pack it for the flight, saves alot when you have a few elk and deer to deal with, but not a big expense for just one animal. Be careful, once you get spoiled on elk meat you are going to go back every year !

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Re: Cost to butcher elk

to go a bit further, how much to ship the meat back to PA from Colorado? I'll be finding out soon enough (I hope!) but wonder if anyone on here has already done it?
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

200.00 for cut, wrap, and frozen. steaks, chops, burger and roast.
FED EX price quote was over 600.00 to ship the meat back from Colorado to Pa.
To get my meat home we checked in 4 coolers of frozen meat just shy of 60 lbs in each cooler as baggage on united airlines.The grls at the check in counter were great with no additional charges unless we went over 62 lbs. No dry ice, we duck taped the coolers shut and around the lids to seal them. Meat was in the coolers just over 24 hours when we got home and stiil frozen solid, no hint of thawing.

Anyone hunting near montrose Colorado should check out goods processing. Family operated nice clean operation and very accommondating. 970-249-5367

Antlers are another cost you need to think about if flying
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

I've used these guys when hunting North of Craig, Co. Expect $300 at the least per Elk.

http://brothersprocessing.com/meatprocessing.html
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Re: Cost to butcher elk

my pa butcher put me at 75c/# for wild game but wanted it halved. how the [censored] am i gonna do that. well wait maybe a recip saw and just take steaks and cut meat off front shoulders myself to give only usably weight. how much meat does an average cow bring to freezer if it weighs say 400#

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Re: Cost to butcher elk

A 532b cow gave us approx 210lbs of meat. We took her in whole, just field dressed. Pay the price and get it done right IMHO. Get home, Unpack, and just put meat in drop freezer. Just remember to give a day or two for processing at commercial butcher during season.
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I've used these guys when hunting North of Craig, Co. Expect $300 at the least per Elk.

http://brothersprocessing.com/meatprocessing.html
I used Brothers last year and I'd recommend them also.
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