We save our scraps for the dogs and run them through the grinder at the end. I usually put the scrap grindings in the 1 pound plastic bags from Waltons. It’s great for the dogs and they get to enjoy elk and deer all year too!I’ve tested when hunting in CWD areas. But I’ve also been known to eat a tenderloin before the results came back.
Sounds like our 12 hour time is pretty common for an elk. My wife does all of the cutting and she is super careful and doesn’t waste much. We even save and wrap scraps for the dogs. It seems like there is still plenty to do while she is cutting and I’m taking a break from wrapping: sharpen knives, saw bones, tear tape….