I figure if I get 1/3 of the animals estimated field-dressed weight back in boned out steaks, roast, and grind, I am doing fine. Makes me feel bad and somewhat always surprised that a 110 lb deer processes down to 35-40 lbs, but it is what it is. I probably throw away more trim than I should, but I am gradually learning to use some parts that I never messed with in the past, so it's moving in the right direction anyway.I did my own antelope last year. My issue is the waste as I’m not good at this, and that makes me feel bad. There is only one way to get better, but that takes animals, and more waste, which makes me feel bad.
While I never like to waste meat, processing them yourself is the only way to learn how to be more efficient on future animals. Sometimes, it's hard for me to watch beginners because: 1) they are SLOW and 2) there is typically more waste. Have to remind myself in those moments that we all started off there!