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Live Weight vs Dressed Weight vs Meat Weight

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by DoubleDropTineTrouble, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. DoubleDropTineTrouble

    DoubleDropTineTrouble

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    Just ordered a cabelas 320lb big buck scale. Looking at the scale I noticed it has an estimate for Live weight and Meat weight based on field dressed weight. Based on their calcs, field dressed weight is 79.6% of the live weight and meat weight is 75% of field dressed weight. (that's about 59% of the animal going to meat)

    Anyone have a great deal of experience to know if these are fairly accurate figures?? I'm assuming they didn't pull these numbers out of the air.


    Here she is. The reason i bought the scale in the first place:

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  2. MillDoo

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  3. Fred Bear

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    those figures sound rather high to me.
     
  4. Lugian

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    I would say its closer to 1/3 of the dressed weight goes into boneless meat. Maybe a touch more, say 40 percent.

    Is the scale saying 59 percent of live weight goes to meat?
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  5. Fred Bear

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    thats what I always thought. About 1/3 meat of the dressed weight.
     
  6. DoubleDropTineTrouble

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    For example:
    189lbs live weight = 150lbs dressed = 113lbs meat
    251lbs live weight = 200lbs dressed = 150lbs meat


    That seamed a bit high to me which is why I asked. Maybe they're not considering the meat boned??
     
  7. William H Bonney

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    Yeah,,, that's WAY too high.

    Depending on how much fat is on the deer,, you're looking at roughly anywhere from 30 to 50lbs. of "meat" on a deer.
     
  8. Lugian

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    I've cut up many,many deer and have weighed them dressed, and then weighed the boneless meat afterwards. I would say 45 percent at the absolute most(that's probably a head shot deer so there is zero bloodshot waste).

    Keep in mind that a deer that's shot through both shoulders loses at least 15 pounds depending on the size of the deer. A lot of guys shot them there though.
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  9. Chips

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    Interesting...
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  10. langkg

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    I have a 300 lb scale with the same translation and can only figure that it must have something to do with commercial butchering where they would leave the bone in like a beef steak or something.

    I've butchered my fair share of deer and while I'm most certainly no expert butcher I'd say 35-40% of dressed is normal for me. For example, I cut a 135 lb dressed buck last month and came out with 49 lbs of finished (no bone) meat.
     
  11. Crowhunter

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    This is very close to what you will get .Bud
     
  12. redshirt32

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    The last 2 bucks that I got weighed 160 and 162 and I think I ened up with between 60 and 70 lbs. of no bone meat. Yum Yum.
     
  13. Spike Country

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    I agree with these numbers. They must be including the bones to get the other figures.