Did you ever wonder what the live weight of your harvested deer was? Or how much meat you will be putting in your freezer? The following is an easy way of estimating a deer’s vitals; it is simple mathematics.
This is the live-weight formula for deer when you know the field-dressed weight. At check-in the eviscerated carcass is about 78.5 percent of the live weight; therefore, multiply the field-dressed weight by 1.27 (or about one-quarter increase) to get the live weight. So a dressed deer that tips the scale at 100 pounds had a live weight of 127.
How much meat will go into the freezer? That field-dressed carcass, which includes the head and hide, is about 58 percent boneless meat. If it is butcher-ready (head, hide and hooves removed), there is 72 percent boneless meat.
Let's say that you take a nice buck this year that tips the check-in scales at 148 pounds. The live weight was 188 pounds, and the butcher owes you about 86 pounds of meat. With a 20-pound donation to Hunters For the Hungry you stuff 66 pounds into your freezer.