How Much Does Venison Cost Per Pound?

Last Updated on May 11, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Offering a lean, flavorful alternative to beef, venison has grown as a rising star protein among discerning foodies and health-conscious consumers. But what is the typical price per pound for this wild game delicacy?

How Much Does Venison Cost Per Pound?

On average, expect to pay $7 to $18 per pound for fresh or frozen venison cuts sourced either from managed wild deer harvests or specialty farm-raised venison operations. Availability, cut type, and buying direct from hunters or butchers influence costs. Understanding seasonal and market factors allows finding quality venison at the best value.

Venison cuts are sold:

  • By the pound, with costs varying based on cut type – tenderloins cost more than ground meat.
  • Prices range seasonally from $7 to $18+ per pound for prime cuts like backstraps or tenderloins.
  • Availability, hunter supplies, and consumer demand influence costs. Prices peak from October through December after hunting seasons conclude.
  • Farm-raised venison costs slightly more than wild on average. Perceived finer consistency.
  • Organic or grass-fed labels also fetch higher pricing in stores. Perceived as more natural.

Refer to our table below for some popular prices:

Type of Cut Average Price per Pound
French Rack (1 to 2 pounds) $26 to $36
Short Ribs (3 to 5 pounds) $6 to $10
Flank Steaks (1 to 2 pounds) $18 to $29
Summer Sausage (1 pound) $15 to $33
Stew Meat (one pound) $19 to $36
Loin Chops (0.5 pounds each on average) $27 to $36
Deer Bologna (1 pound) $18 to $21
Whole Loin (1 to 3 pounds each) $32 to $52
Whole Leg $13 to $20
Sirloin Butt Roast (1 pound) $18 to $21
Ground Meat (1 pound) $10 to $16
Cryosurgery $7 to $15
Skirt Steaks (0.5 pounds) $15 to $22
Flatiron Steaks (0.5 pounds) $15 to $21
Back Ribs (3 to 5 pounds) $9 to $12
Whole Tenderloin (1 pound each) $48 to $63
Kabobs (2 pounds) $13 to $20
Deer Brisket (1 pound) $13 to $20
Fajita Strips (5 to 10 pounds) $21 to $33
Shoulder Roast (5 pounds) $20 to $29
Private Training $48 to $123
Service Dog Training $123 per hour

According to Archery Talk, the cost per pound of venison can range from $7 to over $50, depending on factors such as the type of hunt and whether it is an out-of-state hunt. The article suggests that some hunters may not pursue venison solely for economic reasons, but rather for the experience and enjoyment of hunting.

The Wild Meat Company offers a range of venison products, including venison haunch steak at £6.95 per pound, diced venison starting at £7.40 per pound, and venison haunch roasting joints starting at £16.70 per pound. They source their wild venison from local populations of fallow deer, muntjac, and Chinese water deer in Rendlesham Forest and surrounding areas of coastal Suffolk.

Northfork Bison sells various venison products, including a venison rib rack (8 bones) for CA$159.95, venison ribeye steak for CA$21.95 per 4 oz portion, venison striploin steak for CA$21.95 per 4 oz portion, and venison tenderloin for CA$59.95 per 1.2-1.5 lbs. They emphasize that their venison is naturally lean, low in fat, and high in protein and iron.

Maui Nui Venison offers ranch per pound venison at a price of $3.50 per pound. They provide contact information for inquiries and orders.

An Introduction to Venison

  • Venison refers to meat from deer species like whitetail, elk, caribou, and antelope.
  • Extremely lean red meat with only 2-3 grams of fat per serving makes it healthier than beef or pork.
  • Subtle forest-influenced flavor profile pairs well with rich sauces in upscale dishes.
  • Prized by gourmet chefs for its tenderness and versatility across cooking applications from grilling to braising venison roasts.
  • Also sold as artisanal charcuterie items like venison salami, prosciutto, jerky or summer sausage.

Venison enjoys a reputation as one of the most esteemed wild game delicacies today, commanding premium pricing to match.

Venison Price Versus Other Popular Meat Types

Venison – $7 to $18 per lb.

Beef – $4 to $12 per lb. for USDA Choice cuts

Pork – $3 to $7 per lb. for premium chops/roasts

Chicken – $1.50 to $4 per lb. for boneless breasts

Venison sits at a premium price point influenced by its artisanal status and low food system volumes. But portions stretch further than fattier beef or pork.

Sources for Acquiring Venison Meat

Wild-harvested – From sustainably managed wilderness deer populations during hunting seasons. Lowest cost but availability restricted by hunting success and season timing.

Farm-raised – Specialty operations raise deer in a controlled setting for year-round venison production. More expensive but consistent supply.

Processed cuts – Butchers and meat markets source venison from both wild and farm channels for retail sales as individual cuts, sausages, and smoked delicacies. Markups apply.

Understanding seasonality and sourcing helps locate quality venison at the best affordable pricing.

Impact of Hunting Seasons

  • Fall hunting seasons like October – December provide a surge of wild venison entering the market and prices dip closer to $7/lb. for some cuts.
  • Outside peak seasons, prices for frozen or farm-raised venison rise back up towards $15+ per lb. as seasonal supplies dwindle.
  • Specialty butchers and meat markets tend to stockpile reserves during fall hunting peaks for year-round artisanal venison product offerings.

Timing purchases around seasonal hunting trends provides access to peak value.

Economic Factors Influencing Venison Pricing

  • Limited supply compared to beef or poultry keeps venison a luxury niche protein source with high price points. Deer populations and hunting licenses limit wild supplies.
  • Labor-intensive processing compared to mass commercial meat production adds costs. Deer require individual butchering.
  • Demand increases among affluent foodies and health-conscious consumers seeking natural gourmet protein drive up pricing.
  • Regulatory restrictions on sourcing venison also constrain widespread distribution scale to control chronic wasting disease outbreak risks.

Until venison production scales dramatically, expect sustained premium pricing for this specialized meat.

You might also like our articles about the cost of crab legs, filet mignon, or king crabs.

Tips for Sourcing Venison

Venison DishCheck with local hunters during peak seasons for direct discounted access before their supplies thaw.

Join a meat CSA with access to grass-fed venison shares at wholesale pricing.

Ask chefs at upscale restaurants who serve venison where they source it. Access artisan supply chains.

When buying cuts, examine color and leanness. Pass on any funky odors.

Ground or stew meats offer affordability to sample the flavor before investing in prime steaks.

Some effort opens up quality venison sources outside high-end retailers.

Nutritional and Culinary Benefits

  • Extremely lean with fewer calories. Higher protein ratio versus beef or pork.
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol. High iron content.
  • Distinct savory flavor pairs well with rich sauces in gourmet preparations.
  • Versatile for grilling, pan-searing, roasts, braises and more. Ideal for stews.
  • Salami, jerky and smoked venison deliver bold artisanal flavor impact.

While expensive, a little venison stretches nicely to provide prime culinary and nutritional variety.

Sustainability and Ethical Considerations

  • Sustainable wild deer harvest practices prevent overpopulation and disease issues.
  • Strict licensing adherence prevents overhunting and monitors herd health.
  • Farm-raised venison provides an ethical alternative to factory farming when responsibly managed.
  • Locally sourced venison supports food independence and provides cultural heritage preservation.
  • Humane certified or grass-fed labeling indicates higher standards of animal welfare were met.

When properly regulated, venison provides a model for sustainable gourmet meat production.

Final Words

Venison occupies a unique place among premium meat options, commanding higher prices than conventional proteins thanks to its artisanal production, rich flavor, and lean nutritional appeal. While costs remain relatively high, its hearty taste and culinary versatility make venison a rewarding indulgence for gourmets and health seekers alike.

Hunters, butchers, and specialty providers allow broader access to this refined protein experience through sustainable practices. Prioritizing venison in your diet delivers disproportionate enjoyment compared to more pedestrian proteins.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a deer worth?

A wild deer yielding roughly 40-60 pounds of usable venison cuts plus hide and antlers can be valued from $300 up to $500 or more for larger trophy specimens. The total value varies based on deer size, weight, and market venison prices at the time.

How much meat do you get per deer?

The average field-dressed deer provides 30-60 pounds of usable meat depending on its size. With about 0.5lb of venison per adult serving, one deer can reasonably supply 60-120 individual meal servings for a family of four, providing a valuable supplement to household protein needs.

Is venison healthy to eat?

Venison is considerably healthier than beef – nearly 60% lower in saturated fat, 30% fewer calories per serving, higher in iron and B vitamins. It offers a sizeable nutritional advantage as a lean red meat choice. Moderation of all red meats remains advised however.

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