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#3021442 - 11/07/12 02:16 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: 53caddy]
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Mud Dauber
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Another question (Take a educated guess): Each year, hunters kill about 6 million deer. What percent would you say end up at commercial processors vs. DIY processing?

I'm asking because these numbers don't exist and I am not sure if I have the best frame of reference for answering that question.
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#3021483 - 11/07/12 02:34 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
Crosshairy
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Hm...I bet that varies from state to state a good bit, too. But perhaps I'm wrong.


Of the people that I know, I'd say it's probably 3/4 of the *people* that use a processor.

As we all know, some folks kill a larger quantity of deer than others.

I guess that the ones who kill larger volume are much more likely to butcher their own, so I would guess it might be 2/3 of the deer killed that are processed. Who knows...those numbers may be totally different in other areas of the state or country though.
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#3021493 - 11/07/12 02:38 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Crosshairy]
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I would agree with the 2/3 take it to the processor but that is just a wild guess. I think most hunters don't know how or want to take the time to process their own deer. I take about 1/3 to the processor and do the other myself.
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#3021540 - 11/07/12 02:58 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Crosshairy]
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Barrett's, in Big Sandy, starts off at $50.00, on up to $60.00 for a deer over 130lbs, for a basic cut. She uses zip lock bags, but i've never had a problem with any of the meat.

Hargorove's, in Paris, will run you $60 to $70 for a vacuum sealed cut.

Butcher Block, in Camden starts at $70, vacuum sealed any way you want it.

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#3021747 - 11/07/12 04:46 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
You know, summer sausage is not difficult to make. If you have a grinder and a smoker, you can make it pretty easily. The only ingredient that you will likely have to order is Fermento, which is just a couple of bucks. You do have to do it over a couple of days and it requires two grinding sessions.

Michael Ruhlman's book Charcuterie will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about sausage making and then some. Its not game recipes, but all of the recipes can be adapted for game meats if you add a little pork or beef fat here and there.

It's not that I'm worried about making it ... I just don't have time. This guy does great work so I just take the easy,fast way out although it costs me a little

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#3022366 - 11/07/12 10:28 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
redblood
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: redblood
i have processed all of mine for the past twenty years, since i was about 15. i do not do ground meat. I can skin, cut and package a deer in about 90 minutes. dont get me wrong, i am all for free enterprise and believe in charging whatever you can get. But i am not gonna pay it


Ok, but if I were hiring you to process a deer just like you do your own: 90 minutes of your time in a specialized area. What would you charge me?


i would say 60-80
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#3022370 - 11/07/12 10:33 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Inkstainz]
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
Buford mathias up in Brownsville off exit 56 was great for the one in bow season. $65 and I got burger, sausage, steaks, back strap and tenderloin. Was probably 90 lbs of meat on a 180 lb field dressed deer



that is a great dressing percentage. very few willdo half. heck a good grain fed steer usually only catch 55-60%
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#3022603 - 11/08/12 06:40 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: redblood]
htnseymour
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I process my own and have for the last two years. It does take some time, but I bought a broke down single door coke cooler from a gas station for 10 bucks. $25 later with a new compressor from a supply store I have a place I can put my quartered deer in that is temp regulated. I can cut down muscles easily from my days working at a slaughter house and being a trained chef. I find it tastes better when I do it. I make all my own sausage, snack sticks, and jerky. Its not labor intensive if you spend some money on bulk dry pre-mixed seasonings from food suppliers like GFS Market. I would say avaerage is 3/4 take deer to processors and you get about 35-38% yield based on prior experience.
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#3022753 - 11/08/12 08:05 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: redblood]
Inkstainz
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
Buford mathias up in Brownsville off exit 56 was great for the one in bow season. $65 and I got burger, sausage, steaks, back strap and tenderloin. Was probably 90 lbs of meat on a 180 lb field dressed deer



that is a great dressing percentage. very few willdo half. heck a good grain fed steer usually only catch 55-60%


Well now that he is busy may not be so much of a percentage. He only had 3 deer the whole week when I dropped it off mine being one of the 3. This probably allowed him more time with it than when he gets busier during Muzzle loader and rifle

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#3022883 - 11/08/12 09:06 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Inkstainz]
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i use adams in powell. no complaints from me!
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