The old-time deer hunters didn’t care what a buck scored, all they wanted to know was, “What did that sucker weigh?” A lot of hunters still want to know just that, especially up in Maine where a 200 is a much sought after 200-hundred pounda.
Here’s simple math for estimating a deer’s live weight. Pull the guts out of your animal, hang it and weigh it on a scale, pull up the calculator on your Smartphone and multiply the deer’s field-dressed weight by 1.28. That will give you a good ball-park. For example, a 150-pound gutted buck would have weighed about 192 on the hoof, give or take 5 pounds. A 120-pound doe would have gone about 154.
What is the heaviest buck you’ve ever shot? My biggest was a 320-pound Saskatchewan monster. I know that is legit because three of us lugged the brute onto a cattle scale and weighed it guts-in. How or why we wrestled that 320-pounder up into the truck bed and back to the farm before gutting it I don’t remember.
No, Hanback, it’s easy…
You didn’t have your smartphone with you!!!!!
We didnt alway weigh our deer until recent years. And always did after they are gutted. If I do the math my heaviest would be around 240 lbs. My cousin shot one a few years ago here in lower MI that was around 270 lbs live weight.
I killed a buck a couple years ago in Pa. that Mike had a picture of right on here that weighed well over 300 # without the guts.
I’m guessing you were considering a full body mount!
Also, I got my sticker the other day Thanks.
AND you didn’t want a chance of messin up the shoulder mount with a knife slip. ;-)
I know why you did not gut it: It was SOOOOO big everyone wanted to have the real weight- not a guess, and you had help. What a monster that had to be.
275lb Maine bruiser…
Was that your 200″ Mike? That was a buck of a lifetime…
So majestic walking through the Bush…
Do you have the pictures of the big Sask deer?