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« on: November 28, 2009, 11:59:23 AM »

I shot a doe today and we gutted her out and took her to the butcher. After she was gutted and bled out a lot, she weighed 96 lbs. Just wondering what that would make her live weight.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009, 01:42:02 PM »

18 to 22 pounds
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 01:52:45 PM »

Is that a guess Rickey or have you weighed a mature does guts? I would have guessed them weighing more than that.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009, 02:06:49 PM »

Im only guessing too but that sounds right to me.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009, 02:15:12 PM »

Live weight X 78% = field dress weight.

Field dress / 78% = live weight.

96 / .78 = 123
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2009, 02:17:53 PM »

I always figure about 25 lbs (doe) to maybe 30 or so on a big buck. Thats all guts, upper (above the diaphram) and lower, plus misc blood and fat. That has been my estimate anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2009, 02:21:20 PM »

I don't know for sure but I shot a buck several years ago that weighed 254 with his guts in and after gutting him he weighed 210. we used a round hanging scale. By my math that is 44 pounds. However that will differ from age class to age class and from either a buck or doe.
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 02:28:56 PM »

That sounds right to me. As the animal is bigger, so is the ratio. Plus, add to that, differences in scales, field dressing methods, and even how wet the animal was, and you have your ranges! We leave the windpipe, etc, in, for example. Nice.
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2009, 02:42:07 PM »

thanks guys for the responses, i like to know the deer's live weight
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2009, 11:47:02 AM »

Look up proccess weight on animals in Google.
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2009, 11:50:56 AM »

I would say on the average buck you dump about 35 - 45 lbs when field dressing. I for one have dragged a gut bucket from a skinning rack down to the dumping area! You would swear it weighed 75 -100lbs! :D
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2009, 12:57:12 PM »

Yes I've weighed some after arguing with a fellow on how much they weigh.....
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2009, 01:18:48 PM »

I was just talking with our area biologist about this the other day. The research says that ALL internal organs and blood are about 30% of a deer's live weight. We were discussing it in relation to that of a bear, that's about 20% of live weight. A larger variation will occur in bears, depending on the amount of fat the bear is carrying.
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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2009, 05:52:16 AM »

Over the years I have weighed allot of animals before and after they are gutted. I have always found it to be around 1/3 of the dressed weight was lost in guts, on most animals. There are always exceptions to the rules but 1/3 works most of the time.
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009, 07:16:13 AM »

Weight of the viscera depends on lots of factors....but I do agree with the percentage (Field dress / 78% = live weight).  Deer are ruminants.  At any one time, they have a rumen full of forage.  The weight of the total contents depends on what they are eating, length of time since last meal, and size of the deer.  When I was in Ag research, we had to weigh cows three times to determine a correct weight.  Ruminant bodyweight can sway widely over a 24 hour period.
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