BUFFALO MEAT PROCESSING:
So that you get exactly what you want, contacting the processor and reserving the day your animal arrives is your responsibility. The processors below have all been used by our past hunters and get generally good reviews.
Butcher Block, Laramie, Wyoming, Alan Johnson, 307-745-4534
Reliable Big Game Processing, Ft Collins, Colorado, Barbara McConnell, 970-224-4881
Pat's, Casper, WY, 307-237-3045. (Does vacuum packing.)
Heifers and young bulls make the most tender meat. For more mature bulls, take the best steaks and roasts, and the rest makes great burger.
For cost of skinning and processing meat, please check with your processor. The cost and how much meat you get will depend on how you choose to have it cut . . . and how little waste there is from your shot.
Rough estimates of the amount of meat you might receive from your animal (yours may be larger or smaller, and depending on your shot, there may be more or less wasted meat):
1 1/2 year old heifers: 185 pounds
1 1/2 year old bulls: 215 pounds
You will need to check with individual processors about shipping procedure. Usually, meat would be packaged in 70# containers (that's 60 lbs. meat with 10 lbs. dry ice). So, for example, a buffalo heifer with 195 lbs. processed meat would equal 3 total shipping containers weighing 70 lbs. each. UPS second-day air is necessary to ensure that your meat arrives well frozen. We do not recommend shipping meat unless you are prepared to pay the high cost; check with your local UPS for current rates.
For head mounts and tanning in our area:
Stan Taylor, Wildlife Creations, Glenrock, WY 82637, 307-436-5360.
The taxidermists above can send in your hides for robes. If you can flesh, salt and send it yourself, then the best place for robes is Moyle's Tanning, 208-678-3421, firstname.lastname@example.org, in Heyburn, Idaho.
Mature bulls are obviously the best for beautiful head mounts or robes, but younger bulls make nice skull or head mounts and small robes also.