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Bou'bound 07-Sep-19
yeager 07-Sep-19
Russ Koon 07-Sep-19
kakiat kid 07-Sep-19
stick n string 07-Sep-19
wildan 07-Sep-19
keepemsharp 07-Sep-19
SaltyB 07-Sep-19
Bou'bound 07-Sep-19
JL 07-Sep-19
Scooby-doo 07-Sep-19
Bowfreak 07-Sep-19
Coop 07-Sep-19
JTV 07-Sep-19
Coop 07-Sep-19
GF 07-Sep-19
JTV 07-Sep-19
moosenelson 08-Sep-19
Bou'bound 08-Sep-19
Treeline 08-Sep-19
8point 08-Sep-19
Bou'bound 08-Sep-19
Boreal 08-Sep-19
Ronn91 09-Sep-19
12yards 09-Sep-19
Shawn 09-Sep-19
Fuzzy 11-Sep-19
TrapperKayak 11-Sep-19
carcus 11-Oct-19
greenmountain 11-Oct-19
GF 11-Oct-19
DadOfTwins 11-Oct-19
longbeard 11-Oct-19
WV Mountaineer 11-Oct-19
petedrummond 11-Oct-19
petedrummond 11-Oct-19
From: Bou'bound
07-Sep-19
What do you think the average of every deer killed annually is. All including bucks does fawns across all areas.

From: yeager
07-Sep-19
That’s a pretty question as there are many variety of deer.....whitetail, coues, mule deer, sitka blacktail, Columbia blacktail, etc. Even in the whitetail species, there is a broad range in body size from places like Florida to Canada.

From: Russ Koon
07-Sep-19
My best guess would be about 115#, field dressed.

From: kakiat kid
07-Sep-19
A lot lighter than what most people think

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From: wildan
07-Sep-19
We are in Northern NY right on the Canadian border;we have always weighed our deer. Dressed weights;most does go 90-120lbs(largest was 150lb),1-1/2 year old bucks average maybe 125lb,2-1/2 and older maybe 145lbs.Largest has been 215lbs.with about six over 200lbs.Records over the last 30 years or so.

From: keepemsharp
07-Sep-19
The only one I ever weighed was an 8-point, at the butcher shop guts in he weighed 196. Gutted skinned headless carcass going into cooler weighed 122.

From: SaltyB
07-Sep-19
I've weighed every deer we've ever gotten since 1992. I also cut up a few dozen a year for other people. All of them get weighed too. So in the last 30 years I've weighed several hundred. Wildan numbers are spot on.

From: Bou'bound
07-Sep-19
If you figure half are antlerless and of the other 50% probably a third of those are 18 month olds that would only leave about 15% of the total kill to be males 2.5 or older. I agree Russ far Less than people think. They are big game in name but not in body relatively speaking

From: JL
07-Sep-19
When I lived in Maryland I killed a bunch of deer. They had extremely liberal bag limits plus E-A-B regs. Most were donated to the Farmers Feeding The Hungry Program. As I recall the deer had to be over 70lbs or they wouldn't take it. Most of the does I donated were under 100lbs dressed. I shot a very large muley I thought would break 200lbs. When I put it on the digital scales it was something like 165 or 170 dressed. It's easy to over estimate dressed weight because you tend to look at the big body but forget it's got a big hollow spot in it.

From: Scooby-doo
07-Sep-19
If ya average them in the northeast I would say around 105#s, go to the midwest say Indians, Illinois, Iowa Kansas where fawn can dress 85#s or more I say that goes up to 115-120#s. Just a guess but fun to guess! Shawn

From: Bowfreak
07-Sep-19
I weigh almost every deer I kill. Average does in my area of KY are 70-80 lbs field dressed. I've shot a couple over 120 but 100 lbs is a big doe. Weight for 2.5 yr old bucks is normally 135-145. I have killed 2 heavy bucks in 30 years. One field dressed 200 on the dot a big mature 9 point and the other was right at 190. He was a mature 10 pt.

From: Coop
07-Sep-19
Kinda like the guy that shoots a 300 Lb. black bear on a spring hunt in Canada, then you see a picture of a "BOOBOO".

From: JTV
07-Sep-19
overall weight of ALL deer ?? ... that is hard to estimate .... ... 95% of the Does I kill are 100+lbs which is what I want in a Doe .. 98 % of the bucks I kill are 165lbs + at least ... most are 180+ lbs ..... yea, Ive killed a few that weighed less, but that was back in my younger days .....

From: Coop
07-Sep-19
Most 1 1/2 year old deer are in the range age 110 to 130 if they are in the northern sector, southern deer, a little smaller, true north deer can be be larger. We are speaking of whitetails of course. Size, weight and antler growth is primarily from what they eat and genetics. Biggest deer I ever saw was a train kill in Ohio. Took 4 men to load. I remove the jaw bone and it had about a 1/8" of tooth left. You guess the weight. Estimate age? Undetermined. Took it to work and had a biologist examine it and he shook his head in dis-belief...never saw one this worn.

From: GF
07-Sep-19
Up in MN, we had most decent bucks dress out at 180-ish; range was from #90 for my first Button Buck to a bit over #230 for a real Hoss.

Takes a BIG buck in CT to get a hide as big as a #180....

I think my biggest doe here was about #140 live weight.

From: JTV
07-Sep-19
Northern deer will generally be heavier/bigger than southern deer, that is biological fact ... its called Bergmans rule ... look it up

From: moosenelson
08-Sep-19
Had a button buck(fawn of the year hanging in my garage and a friend from south carolina said 'nice buck'. Their deer are significantly smaller down south. We butchered a doe that was 98lbs of boneless meat once. More meat on her than the bear we butchered at the same time.

From: Bou'bound
08-Sep-19
The question to get your input on was the average deer nationally considering all the local, and age, and gender statistics. I bets it’s about 125 live.

Bow kills only would be Lower since more does are killed as a % of national bow harvest.

From: Treeline
08-Sep-19
I think that you’re estimate is high, bou.

You are up where there are big whitetails!

Higher total numbers of deer killed in the south than north. Tons of does for population control in many areas. Hell, growing up in Texas my neighbor and his family shot a lot of deer and weighed them all. Very rare to get a buck weighing over 125#. At my folks ranch, with supplemental feeding, the average live weight for all whitetail deer is below 100#.

Those southern deer will bring your average down.

Would say closer to the 100# mark for all deer across the country.

From: 8point
08-Sep-19
My bow kill bucks in the last 10 years have mostly been 180 +, but in the last couple of seasons, they barely cleared 170. Killed a fork horn one year that dressed 145, then shot a doe that dressed 140 during gun season.

From: Bou'bound
08-Sep-19
What do you think he national average is 8point. That is the question on the table.

From: Boreal
08-Sep-19
Average 80 to 85 lbs dressed would be my guess.

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09-Sep-19

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From: 12yards
09-Sep-19
Yeah, in MN I'm guessing in the 115 range. We kill so many fawns it negates the big deer killed. This would be dressed weight.

From: Shawn
09-Sep-19
Ok, average 8pt 125#s. Some coastal deer will be 85#s dressed and than ya have big Midwest and Canadian that may dress 200#s. Now every place in between and you get 125 pounds. Shawn

From: Fuzzy
11-Sep-19
can't even guess at Nationwide, multi-species averages. Whitetail in Virginia I'm gonna go with 80# live weight, 65# field dressed.

From: TrapperKayak
11-Sep-19
Biggest dressed out WA blacktail I ever got weighed 206#. Mulie in MT, around 200#, Whitetail, probably 175. Most in the mid 10s. yearlings 120, does, 90 - 100. Bulls, not sure. Always cut up prior to weighing, but I do know the weight of one spike because I dragged it out 3 miles whole - 325# (in snow, mostly downhill). And it took all afternoon.

From: carcus
11-Oct-19
Once I got a scale the bucks I was shooting were 190-210lbs field dressed, if I remember correctly, thats a mature canadian whitetail, I have shot bigger bodied deer that I didn't weigh before I had a scale

11-Oct-19
I live in Vermont. Here weight has always been very important. Deer that are actually weighed are lighter than estimated weight 95% of the time. In 1970 a yearling buck would average under 100# dressed while a monster would go 140# There were 200# bucks but they were as scarce as four leaf clovers on a sidewalk. The average yearling buck in Vermont is around 115# Does are lighter. A 80# doe would not be laughed at . This is a very interesting topic .

From: GF
11-Oct-19
Isn’t this like asking what’s the average temperature in the US?

Actually, it’s not just “like” it, it’s pretty much the same thing... Really depends where you are.

From: DadOfTwins
11-Oct-19
In Western NY the average dressed buck weights are as follows: Hunter claims - 200lbs Scale says - 140lbs

From: longbeard
11-Oct-19
You have to compare apples to apples and weigh deer of the same age from all over the states if you want to have an accurate picture

11-Oct-19
75 pound average.

From: petedrummond
11-Oct-19
Nobody in illinois does live weight. Big doe is 130 dressed. I killed bigger Only had one buck weighed in my life and I didnt do it. My drunk buddy did. Mature heavy 8 weighed 226 gutted. Anything over 250 gutted is a hoss

From: petedrummond
11-Oct-19
A few years back my Cajun nephew came up and wanted to take meat back. This is in southern Illinois. Some of my buddies were partying with Cajuns and they had a big doe contest I shot a big doe and told my nephew it probably would not be real good to eat. I talked my buddys kid into field dressing it and he said he would be glad to swap his little doe for mine. I said sure. The next night Saturday we went to their camp and when I saw their big doe results for some reason the same kid won 500 bux for a 135 doe. Coincidence?

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