elk | wild game processing
We are Custom Wild Game Processors… which means you get your meat Your Way.
Preparing for the Hunt
Being prepared for a hunt is important, especially when you are hunting larger game. While majestic creatures, they can become deadly very quickly. Use this checklist from Gander Mountain to help prepare properly.
Interesting Facts about Rock Mountain Elk
(Information from National Geographic)
…lose their antlers each March, but they begin to grow them back in May in preparation for the late-summer breeding season.
…can weigh up to 1,100 lbs.
… typically have a single calf, which can stand by the time it is 20 minutes old.
…have an average lifespan of around 10 years
…are also called wapiti, a Native American word that means “light-colored deer.”
… live primarily in western North America, especially in mountainous landscapes such as Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park.
elk processing info & pricing
Open 7 Days a Week During Major Hunting Seasons!
- Skinning Charge: $42.00
- Cape: $10.00 extra
- Processing Charge: $125.00 minimum fee
with $1.25 charge per pound after 100lbs hanging weight is met.
We process all wild game as Finished Boneless Product, unless customer specifically requests Bone-In.
Average Hanging Weight
- Bull: 250 – 500 lbs
- Cow: 200 – 350 lbs
- Calf: 60 – 100 lbs
Typical Boneless Yields on a Whole Carcass
- Very Clean / Head Shot: 55% yield
- Average Clean / Heart Shot: 50% yield
- Dirty / Shoulder or Hind Shot: 45% yield
Recommended Tips for Handling Elk Carcasses
- Do not age an elk carcass if it was shot during warm weather and not chilled rapidly, if the animal was severely stressed prior to harvest, if gunshot areas are severe, or if the animal was under 1 year old.
- Aging the meat is not necessary if the meat is to be ground or cured/smoked such as for jerky or snack stix.
- Pot roasting or stewing will also render it tender without aging.
- Mix 10-15% beef or pork fat with ground elk to help with the “wild game taste.”
- Limit fresh elk to 8 months of frozen storage and seasoned/cured to 4 months of frozen storage.