BIG BULL ELK TAKE HOME WEIGHT? NO BONESContributors to this thread:
HUNT MAN 02-Aug-19
Hancock West 03-Aug-19
What would be an average take home weight for a mature big bull elk in South Central Colorado? No bones or additives, just the weight of the raw meat. I'm sure it varies but a rough guess will be fine. Thanks in advance for any help.
Processed or unprocessed?
We weighed the sacks from my bull last year when I got home and had a total of 272 pounds of meat. After it was all processed and packaged we had a total of 243 pounds. You will get a ton of different answers because some people think that if you pull the four quarters and loins with a small sack of trim that is all the meat off an elk. Me I cut every ounce of meat I could get off the bull.
Depends upon how good you are at taking the meat off in the field. Mid 200's is the likely outcome.
Scrappy's bull had a helluva sack! Definitely a wheelbarrow full! Lol Yea 200 plus easily boned!
I've weighed 330 but most will be in the mid to low 200's.
Depending on age of the Bull and how thorough you are on taking all the meat it could be 250-350 pounds upper end for old giant bull which is tough to get in CO
Huge variety. I always debone and take all neck meat, trimmings, everything I can get for burger etc. and have had them vary from 215-315 mature bulls in NM. The 315 was an absolute mammoth body.
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Only two that I killed was a 270" decent 6 point that had 280 lbs of boned out meat that we packed out and the other was a raghorn that had just shy of 200 lbs. BTW the raghorn's meat quality was better than the bigger bull, backstraps were fantastic on that thing.
My biggest yielded 298 pounds, frozen, from the processor.
From: HUNT MAN
I have always weight our bulls and cows. Boned out bulls 215-250. Couple in the 275-280 range and one over 300. Cows have never broke 200!! Hunt
Mine was 237 last year, boned out, minus shanks. Yield was bigger due to added fat...
Thanks everyone. I appreciate your input.