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Any strategies for getting muley meat home to the east coast?

 

For those of you who have more experience than I do on flying meat home, do you have any tips or suggestions to make it easier / and or cheaper?  I’m thinking that my plan will be to bone out the meat, double bag it in ziplocks, freeze it solid and pack a cooler full to fly as checked luggage.  Anybody have a better plan for getting a large chunk of mule deer from a western state to the east coast?

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Getting a little ahead of

Getting a little ahead of yourself, aren't you?  Gotta shoot a mule deer first... Wink

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Have you looked into the area to see if there are any local butchers who can do it in a short turnaround time?  I know alot of guys will have the flash-freeze it, vacuum pack it, and then throw it under the plane. 

Don't know if that's a possibility or not, but t might be worth it.

When I would fly back to San Diego from Vermont, I would take 8-10 frozen packages and wrap them in newspaper, then throw them in my carry-on.  Of course, that was pre-9/11, and not taking an entire deer, but it worked for me.

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boyscout motto at work ;)

You are right that nothing is ever a sure thing.  

As you know I darn near didn't bring any meat home and only had overnight to butcher on my 2007 trip to Washington.  I stuck my host with most of the work in swap for a freezer full of muley venison.  I feel guilty about that.  I hope Mr. Palmer doesn't hold it against me.  After field dressing and hanging the buck, I skinned him and stripped out the backstraps which is all I brought home.  My excellent host took care of having the rest butchered and getting the cape and horns to teh taxidermist.  I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for that.

I would like to be better prepared this time.  Maybe I'll just pack my clothes in a cooler instead of a suitcase for this trip!  But I'd rather be prepared than not (again)....

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The way that airlines are

The way that airlines are getting anymore with luggage and extra bags I don't know if I would even deal with them to get the meat home.  But if you decide to go that route I would just buy a approved cooler after you bag that buck and then butcher, freeze, pack it in the cooler and hope for the best.  But then you could always use UPS or FedEx and ship it next day air to your home or to somebody that could take care if it until you get back. 

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ground shipping ?

Ground shipping might be a good idea!

Has anyone had good luck with UPS or Fed Ex for this sort of shipment?  Has anybody here tried it yet?

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You want to use next day

You want to use next day air.  We shipped a couple hundred pounds of halibut out of Alaska a few years ago doing it through UPS with no problems.  The cost was a little high but when dealing with fresh halibut it was worth it.   

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Critter is right,    UPS next

Critter is right,

   UPS next day air is the way to go, its a little expencive but it will be delivered to your door step and leave you a good piece of mind!

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Thanks guys

Thanks guys.  Oh I can only imagine 100 pounds of bad fish delivered to  sunny porch! Ew! Help!

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i sent a pm, but i figured

i sent a pm, but i figured i'd post it for everybody.

each airline has it's own regs on meat and antlers but for the most part, you can use a cooler with DRY ice only (maximum of 5.5 pounds of dry ice) and it was a flat fee of $50 for up to 75 pounds (WAY cheaper than air freight)

antlers must be free of flesh and dry with something covering each antler tip. i've used carboard and duct-tape for this. sometimes, you can find a box at ups to fit your antlers and ship them that way for $15-20. I shipped my feral goat like this from hawaii for like $16.00. which was sweet!

honestly, it's probably cheapest to just have everything with the airline. i pack efficiently when i fly and put all my gear in my rifle case. all my clothes in my carry on (backpack) and then return with the gun case and cooler. i've done this 5-6 times now and it gets smoother every time.

i love flying with a rifle, every time i show up, i find an attendant and say "i have a firearm to check" then they usher you to the front of the line... past the other 100 people, and then you're done!

 

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horn tips

ndemiter wrote:

 

each airline has it's own regs on meat and antlers but for the most part, you can use a cooler with DRY ice only (maximum of 5.5 pounds of dry ice) and it was a flat fee of $50 for up to 75 pounds (WAY cheaper than air freight)

antlers must be free of flesh and dry with something covering each antler tip. i've used carboard and duct-tape for this.

 

Try useing pieces of a garden hose for the horn tips 

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Great tips on flying with

Great tips on flying with your meat or shipping your antlers home. I rarely fly at all and if I'm hunting any where in the lower 48 I can guarantee I'll be driving there. I do have plans to go to Alaska or Hawaii one of these days so the information could be put to good use very quickly if it ever happens. Most likely Hawaii would be first as I've finally talked my wife into a combo vacation, just not sure when.

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