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What do you think the average of every deer killed annually is. All including bucks does fawns across all areas.
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.
My best guess would be about 115#, field dressed.
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A lot lighter than what most people think
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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".
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 .....
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.
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.
Northern deer will generally be heavier/bigger than southern deer, that is biological fact ... its called Bergmans rule ... look it up
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think he national average is 8point. That is the question on the table.
Average 80 to 85 lbs dressed would be my guess.
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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.
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
can't even guess at Nationwide, multi-species averages. Whitetail in Virginia I'm gonna go with 80# live weight, 65# field dressed.
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.