27 June 2007

How Much Does It Cost To Have A Bear Processed In & Shipped From Juneau, Alaska?

Posted by Darrell under: Black Bear; Alaska; Planning a Trip .

 One of the questions that no one could answer for me before embarking on my recent Spring Bear hunt in Alaska was “How much does it cost to have a bear processed and shipped to me in Missouri?” I’m not sure why no one had the answer. Apparently, I asked the obvious but wrong people. But, anyway, I now have the answer!

I took a nice bear on June 1. Begining on June 1, the state of Alaska no longer requires hunters to save the meat (from season opening through May 31 you are required to take the meat). I wanted that meat, though. So we skinned and quartered the bear at the site of the kill and then put it on ice (actually snow we shoveled) for the trip back to Juneau. Once in Juneau, we dropped the meat (the four quarters and backstraps) off at Jerry’s Meats.

I asked to have all the meat, other than the backstraps, made into summer sausage and pepperoni. The backstraps I would have cleaned and frozen for grilling. I dropped the meat off on June 5. On June 26, Scott, the owner of Jerry’s Meats called me and said my bear was processed and ready for shipping. He just needed a credit card number for payment and the meat would be on its way.

So, now I also know how long it takes to have a bear processed. Aproximately 3 weeks. Not bad! I usually process my own meat  locally, but I know guys that use processors and often have to wait several weeks to two months or more to get their meat back.

Scott, the owner (or manager) of Jerry’s Meats is a nice guy. He was gone when I originally dropped the meat off – so I hadn’t spoken with him previously. I did send him an email a few days ago asking about the status of my meat and if he’d be willing to ship it to me (originally I thought that Keegan, my outfitter, might have to pick it up and ship it to me). Scott informed me that he would take care of everything and he actually chatted with me for a few minutes about my hunt. He had looked at my blog and knew all about my hunt. I was impressed and flattered!

I’ve been curious about the cost of processing a bear, how much meat I would have, and how much it would cost to ship it from Alaska to Missouri. Now, only 3 weeks after dropping it off, I received my answer!

The total cost was $448.01, of which $229 was the FEDEX Overnight Delivery shipping cost. I received 85lbs of meat, which included 15 lbs of Pepperoni and 59 lbs of Summer Sausage. Not too bad, since the meat I dropped off for processing was around 100lbs (with bones).

The processing cost was really reasonable and I had already expected the shipping to be considerable due to the distance shipped and the need to have it overnighted. Jerry’s Meats did an excellent job of packing the boxes and it arrived in two foam lined boxes on dry ice. Wow!

So, the processing and shipping of my bear meat cost me a total of $448 or aproximately $5.27 per pound. That’s probably less than the price of summer sausage at a store. I can’t imagine the rationale behind leaving the meat behind, as some hunters do. I can’t wait to try the meat and I’ll let you know how it tastes!

fresh bear meat from Jerrys Meats in Juneau

20 Comments so far...

Alaskan Bear Hunt Quick Links » AlphaTrilogy.com Says:

27 June 2007 at 5:34 pm.

[…] How much does it cost to have bear meat processed and shipped from Alaska? […]

Matt Says:

27 June 2007 at 7:44 pm.

So who gets the meat when hunters leave it behind? People who appreciate it, I hope.

Darrell Says:

28 June 2007 at 10:19 am.

When people leave it behind, no one gets it! Well, the other animals get it. It just gets left on the ground for the eagles and bears. I personally don’t understand. But, even on this trip, I met ‘hunters’ who wouldn’t dream of eating the meat of the animals they harvest. I, personally, am not a ‘trophy hunter’ and can’t comprehend the mentality? Maybe, someone that ‘gets’ it can explain it?

Amy Christiansen Says:

13 July 2007 at 9:27 pm.

Im angered that wedo not REQUIRE hunters to take the meat, and also dont understand the mentality of TROPHY hunters….. there simply are NOT enough bear left on this planet to trophy kill them…. I will be writing the legislature about this, and thank you for paying for the processing and eating your bear, although if I had my way, we would stop killing the remaining bears, so that our grandchildren MIGHT just know a time when they exist. I know– not just stopping hunting….. PROTECTING their environment….. in 19 hundred something maybe 1910 the last bears were hunt in Switzerland… now a couple have come over from Italy, and now they are learing that DOGS can protect their sheep…. Can you imagine…. celebrating like a little town in Switzerland ( oh and they ARE celebrating!!) because a couple of bears have wondered BACK over the border…. LETS PROTECT WHATS LEFT PEOPLE!

Darrell Says:

18 July 2007 at 1:36 pm.

Amy, I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my blog. It is interesting how I can agree with part of what you say and disagree with other parts. I agree that we need to protect the environment of the bear. However, hunting them is not, in anyway, endangering them. I don’t know if you’ve spent any time in the forests of Alaska - but there is no shortage of bears. The old boars, like the one I killed and am enjoying eating, kill any cubs they come across. The bear I killed has probably killed more bears in his life - than a dozen hunters will kill. Hunting, when done correctly, is a conservation method that ensures that your children (and mine) will have plenty of wildlife to watch.

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Doreen Says:

27 May 2009 at 3:15 pm.

Hi, first of all let me say congrats on your bear I am in a bear hunter myself , I take two a year if I can and we eat the meat. Amy I do agree with what your saying to a point , however we have hunting seasons for a reason , the bear is at the top of the food chain so nothing weeds out the population, I live in Canada and right now theres not enough food for the bears , resulting in 4 maulings in my area this yr alone! In the area I just got my bear in yesterday to the gun shot three more appreared wanting the meat beocuse there hungry , three in a small area maybe 50 square feet is alot . Also with a hunting liscense when you pirchase one you are also supporting the wildlife federation , the same federation which protects these animals . And finally the meat from these animals is chemical free waay leaner and healthier to eat as long as your hunting in your legal season and following the rules which are there to protect you as well as the animals your hunting then its the cycle of life which we all know is needed. Also I do not agree not even on a good day about trophy hunting , if your willing to shoot it be prepared to eat it ! Thank you.

ak_wsm Says:

29 May 2009 at 11:08 am.

As a lifelong (more or less) Alaskan, I can tell you why we don’t require people to pack out the meat after June. Basically, bear meat isn’t really that great to begin with. When its made into sausage alot of processors mix it with pork so it tastes a bit better, but really the only reason to eat bear is so you can pretend you’re cool when your buddy asks you what you had for breakfast. “Yeah I had some bear sausage.” After June 1, they start getting into the fish (salmon runs) and basically become inedible. Don’t get me wrong, some folks like bear meat, and I’m going hunting this weekend and will pack out the meat if I get one, but I really just want an excuse to get outside (and a rug!). As far as the comments by Amy above, conservation is a local phenomenon. Should we hunt bears in Europe? Absolutely not. Should we hunt bears in Alaska? You bet your ass! There are a ton of them and we need to keep the fear of people in them to keep maulings to a minimum. Plus keeping the bear population in check helps the moose population. Now THERE is some tasty eating!

Scally Says:

23 September 2009 at 12:26 am.

Nice bear! Kudos to you for going through the trouble to bring the meat back. I’m of the opinion that every life is sacred, whether animal or human, and no life should be taken in vain. The one time I’ve had bear it was AMAZING, best breakfast I’ve ever had. Although it was a black from Colorado, don’t know if the browns taste the same or not. What people like Amy don’t realise is that hunting is actually a VERY important part of conservation. Good try with the spoon-fed liberal B.S. though. Switzerland is not Alaska, the bear population ( and not just the little skittish guy’s I’m used to ) in Alaska is so big that they NEED to be controlled. Just like people you can only have so many in a certain amount of space before they start to endanger each other. Any way back on topic… thanks for the info, I’d love to take a trip up north and bag a brown for some tasty breakfast!

Jesse Says:

24 March 2010 at 4:18 pm.

Thanks for the info on the bear meat. It can be surprising how hard it can be to get info. One more question how big was your bear?

Erica Says:

11 June 2010 at 10:30 am.

Hey, thanks for having your meat processed at Jerrys meats. I work up there during the summer and absolutely love it. Also congrats on your bear. i personally love the bear salami. its a favorite. maybe if you come up again this summer i will see you!

Bob Caruso Says:

25 August 2010 at 11:11 pm.

Hi Darrell,

First of all when does the season open for the Trophy Jokers ? There should be a law against what they do, Anyway before I get off on a rant, Thank you for the great article, and the great info (Jerry’s Meats) and congrads, on your nice bear. You Scored !.
God Bless.

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Bob Says:

23 June 2013 at 9:37 pm.

$444 for 85 pounds of meat that you killed and brought to the place yourself? That’s like $5/lb. You can get fresh boneless/skinless chicken breast at the supermarket for $1.99 a pound. $5/lb is STEEP in my opinion.

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