Reading many people's hunting threads leads me to believe a lot (more than I would have thought) of people simply take their animals (primarily moose/caribou) to a processor. When people are talking about 400-600 pounds of meat taken to the processor are you literally talking about taking an animal directly from the field or do you hang them and then take it in? I occassionally get specialty meats done by a processor, but I hang, butcher and wrap my own meat. I do my own burger and sausage, but as said, we sometimes get specialty meats done. I feel like I pay an arm and a leg to simply get 20-50 pounds of meat done so I was wondering how much it costs to get an entire animal done.
I try and rationalize that part of the reason I hunt is for the healthier option of wild game, but also because of the cost involved in purchasing meat all winter. So my question is...how much does it cost someone to get an entire animal processed?
I apologize for the less than intriguing thread, but I was curious...for taking part, you can view my moose from this year, a respectable 64.5 inch bull. (yes, that is meant to be humorous)