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    Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    I came across this chart for Whitetail Deer - a tool for approximating how much edible meat can be harvested from an animal of a particular weight.

    From your experiences, is this chart in the ballpark, or is it baloney?


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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    It looks about right but I would like to think you can get a bit more. Suprising how much a head weights though,.
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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    I've always figured about 1/3 loss from field dressed to "edible".. Looks about right.
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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    IMHO I would say its close, altough the bigger the animal gets the more % meat you tend to get back, which this chart seems to show as well. The average moose if not shot to shit so there is a lot of waste will usually produce about 60-65% edible meat compared to live weight.
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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    I would say its close with the bone in.De-boned is less.I saw a video called Elk Memories by Larry Jones and Dwight Sch. It was about de-boning and I think they estimated the de-boned meat at 1/4 of the live weight.
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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    Where did you get teh chart from??? It would be nice to get one also for elk and mooses...
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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    looks about right to me . unless something is overlooked or lost.

    on a clean fresh animal i always figure 60% .

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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    Quote Originally Posted by rocksteady View Post
    Where did you get teh chart from??? It would be nice to get one also for elk and mooses...
    Got it from a book entitled "White-Tailed Deer: Ecology and Management by Lowell Halls"

    Another chart I found on whitetails comes from Nova Scotia's Hunting and Furharvesting Summary.



    I've been looking for something similar for elk and moose as well... found this for moose... data comes from an averaged out summary (12 calves, 7 yearlings, 30 bulls, 33 cows)... source....


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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    Not sure about those black bear numbers. The one I took a couple of weeks back was around 275-300 live. We took about 30 pounds of guts out of him. But by the time we took of the head, hide, paws and an immense amount of fat, man that fellow looked like a small child wrapped up in that game bag (no, really, it was freaky!). He weighed 102 pounds at the butcher shop on the bone and we got 80 pounds of sausage off him and 10 pounds of jerky meat. that would put the edible % at about only 33% of live weight.

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    Re: Live Weight Vs. Field-Dressed Weight Vs. Edible Weight

    33-40% sounds close to me! Moosin
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