Wild Game and Domestic Animal Processing in Denver/Wheat Ridge

Colorado Law requires hunters to wear at least 500 square inches of SOLID DAYLIGHT FLUORESCENT ORANGE material on an outer garment above the waist while hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or moose with any firearm license.  A fluorescent orange hat or head covering, visible from all directions, is also required.

Evidence of sex is not required if a donation certificate accompanies less than 20 pound of meat or after the carcass is cut into processed meat.

You must attach a carcass tag to animals you kill per instructions on your tag.  Tags must be signed immediately, dated and detached from the license and attached to the carcass of the animal.  Tags cannot be attached to detached hides, horns, antlers or carried separately.  Tags must remain on the animal until the meat is processed and remain with the meat until the meat is consumed.  Colorado Law states that it is illegal to sign or tear the tag before a kill.

Big Game in Colorado

Estimated Yields

The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife indicates that animals will yield approximately 40% of their hanging weight.  We believe our staff can yield 40% to 60% depending upon where your animal was shot, how it was maintained prior to being dropped off at Rocky Mountain Meats and the condition of the meat once we begin to process the animal.  You may or may not yield more depending upon these factors.


Animals are weighed at time of arrival.  This weight determines the cost of processing.  Animals will typically lose 3 to 5 pounds in moisture loss while hanging.   Loose and ground meat will also lose weight while waiting to be processed.  Please note, loss from shrinkage can be up to 30 to 50% of your door weight.

Tags & Licenses

Presentation of tags and licenses are required prior to acceptance of animals.

Right to Refuse

We reserve the right to refuse any animal for any reason.

Completed Orders

All orders are to be picked up within 7 days of notification of completion or a storage charge of $25 per week will be applied.  Animals not picked up within 60 days of notification will be considered abandoned and disposed of accordingly without refund.

Animal Quality

WE are not responsible for the quality or nutritional value of your animal.  All heat soured or bloodshot product will be disposed of based solely on our observation of the animal and at our discretion.  Please remember there is no rancher in the field managing  the health and diet of your animal.  These are wild animals and each one will taste different.  

It is illegal to have or transport a big-game carcass without evidence of sex naturally attached. 

BUCK/BULL: Head with antlers or horns attached to carcass; or testicle, scrotum or penis attached to carcass.

DOE/COW: Head, udder or vulva attached to carcass.

BLACK BEAR:  Male: testicles or penis; Female: vulva.