Venison is a type of meat that comes from deer and has many rich and flavorful qualities. Venison can be found at different prices depending on the butcher, cut, time of year, or geographical location.
How much does venison cost per pound?
Venison will usually cost somewhere between $10 and more than $50 per pound when you purchase it locally or from a game farm. The type and cut will determine the price as well as where it was bought from.
For example, a typical steak may be more expensive than ground deer meat at your local grocery store but buying in bulk could save you money.
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|
You will find venison either at your local butcher who specializes in game animals or online. Venison will either come from a farm where deer are raised and slaughtered for food consumption like cattle or bought directly from someone’s hunt, depending on the butcher you buy it from. Wild deer are those truly wild animals that had the possibility to roam free around their natural habitats, in the forest before being hunted.
The regulations vary from state to state. Butchers will have to follow certain rules, depending on the state they live in, if they want to sell venison to consumers. Broken Arrow Ranch, for example, requires deer to be naturally raised with no growth hormones or steroids administered before they are sold. They also have a policy of making sure the animals may graze freely in natural conditions and that they need to be at least three years old when taken off their farm as well.
Online butchers such as Deer Valley Meats will sell their products frozen and vacuum-sealed. These meats meet US Department of Agriculture standards, and are leaner than beef, with a “wild” taste to them; this meat contains vitamins and minerals like riboflavin, iron, niacin, and vitamin B6. You will usually get 134 calories, 3 grams of total fat, and 26 grams of protein in just 3 ounces of venison.
Extra costs to consider
If you purchase venison from online vendors, most will charge a minimum shipping fee but may waive it if you meet their spending requirements.
Venison vs beef
You can save a lot of money by purchasing venison instead of beef. Venison will always be organic and natural, regardless of where you purchase it from whereas with beef there is the chance that they may have injected chemicals or antibiotics into the meat.
When hunting your own deer for meat, according to one GoodGameHunting infographic, you will usually end up spending $0.95 per pound for 80 pounds worth of edible meat while buying beef steak will mean an average cost of about 4 to 7 times as much.
Venison is a much healthier option than beef. Venison has less cholesterol and saturated fat, more vitamins B6, B2, B3, B12, and iron compared to beef as well as fewer calories per three ounces at 134 vs 247. Eating three ounces of either of those meats will pose no risk to your general health or well-being, except if you are allergic to these meats in particular.
One debate around venison according to some experts is the compound known as L-Carnitine, which can be found in both beef and deer meat (venison). The human stomach will break down this compound to produce trimethylamine N-oxide, which has been linked with heart and artery damage among other things.
According to taste tests, venison seems to win most of the time due to its better flavor and safety regulations. Some prefer it as an ethical choice too. For those who enjoy beef more often than deer meat, retail beef is usually much cheaper at about $1 per pound or so in some places even with rising prices on cattle.
Is there any way to spend less?
The venison cost per pound will go down as you buy a bigger amount. A one-pound package of ground beef could cost $8 per pound, but if you were to purchase a 10-pound package, you may only pay $6.50 per pound.