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#3023438 - 11/08/12 03:34 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: AROD]
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Mud Dauber
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Alright, here it is: http://gocarnivore.com/2012/11/08/commercial-deer-processors-what-you-need-to-know/

Thanks for the input.
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#3026883 - 11/10/12 07:54 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Crosshairy]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
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.
I have to agree with this.I used to take all my deer to a guy who would process them the way I wanted for $100.The last year I had any deer processed I killed 8.That was $800 I could have saved for myself.I kill a lot of deer to feed my familiy.We hardly ever eat store bought meat.
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#3028662 - 11/12/12 01:19 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
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wish I could offer some input, but I can't. A deer costs me a couple hours to process with a sharp knife.
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#3029116 - 11/12/12 09:17 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
buttercup&daisy
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I use champions in Hillsboro, tn they are great and never had any issues. They run about sixty or so
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#3030075 - 11/12/12 05:54 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: buttercup&daisy]
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I thought processing was high at Three Way, but sounds like they are in the market. I started doing my own last year. It was depressing to think about what I was paying for "free" deer - at least free after the cost of the bullet. There is no way that store bought meat has $1 - $2 lb processing cost in it.
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#3030469 - 11/12/12 11:11 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Swampster]
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Store bought meat also has bazillions of other sales dollars to cover the overhead cost of butchering. Besides, so many of them are relying on large-quantity processing houses to send pre-butchered meat anymore, that all they have to do is pay a guy $7/hour to slice steaks out. Plus, grocery stores operate year round. And in the instance of Dino's sausage, they shut down their year-round operation to prepare for deer processing. Full-scale teardown and clean up for a USDA inspection after deer season is required, as well.
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#3035266 - 11/15/12 07:01 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: Poser]
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I do most of mine myself, albeit I don't kill many deer. If I had the time, plus a deep freeze, I would probably shoot as many as I could to fill my freezer. But I pretty much have to have an open Saturday morning to do so. I enjoy cutting them up myself, and I enjoy showing the wife the deer parts and "showing off" how much of a good ole country boy I am.
I use to get most processed, but it being 70 dollars at both places near me just send to be too high. One processor gives lots of meat back and the other hardly any. I only used him once. Off of a guess 80 pound doe, minus backstraps, tenerloins, and and neck roast, I think I got ten pounds of burger which I thought was terrible. This was last season and I think it cost sixty dollars. Now both are seventy. At least the processor I normally use gives you probably thirty pounds of ground back from a similar deer.

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#3038634 - 11/18/12 08:42 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: AROD]
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Buddy of mine shot a nice 8pt last year with a .308 ballistic tip bullet. No pass thru and we couldn't find it. When he got his deer back from Adam's last year they had the bullet in a Baggie for him!

Good clean cuts and vacuumed sealed.
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#3038649 - 11/18/12 08:52 AM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: 7mm08]
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Like everything else prices keep going up.Small towns in the sticks:) $65 to $75 is a common price range.I don't have any experence with big city processors.From reading TNDeer they are going to charge a much more inflated rate.If you want any kind of sausage plan on paying alot more. I always want to know if I'm getting MY deer back.Way too many places go the quick and easy route. They weigh your deer when you bring it in and tell you exactly to the pound how much you'll get back.I've found most places that don't weigh it 1st thing or Garantee a certain weight back just cut them and grind them all together .If your lucky you'll get your backstraps.
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#3040712 - 11/19/12 03:37 PM Re: Deer Processor Prices & Horror Stories? [Re: AROD]
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 Originally Posted By: AROD
i use adams in powell. no complaints from me!
me too. like the way they vaccuum pack it.
i do have a horror story about 20 years ago , took a deer to a place in roane co. thaw out a pack of steaks. go to wash off the steak and there is hair all over it. flip it over and there is pieces of gravel or somekind of grit and a pine needle stuck to it. he was one that would leave them piled on top of each other. I learned that the hard way and never took another down there.
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