I have always processed all of my own deer from the shot to gutting, skinning, de-boning, cutting steaks and making jerky, bologna, brats and summer sausages. So I know the exact weight I get out of each deer. I was reading an article in Outdoor Life and they said the average deer yielded 36 pounds of meat from the butcher to the hunter. This blew my mind as a very small number. Not sure if their deer are that small or if they keep hunters meat for themselves. This was based in a western state, I believe Arizona as the article was mainly about elk hunting and processing. I know total pounds from the processor would depend on variables such as, how much fat they add to burger and other products added to bologna and sausages, but how many pounds does some one who takes their deer to a processer usually get? Try to specify deer size and pounds returned.