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cooler size

How  many 120qt coolers will I need for 1 elk?  Will one be enough?

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Bull elk? Boned?

Bull elk? Boned?

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What season are you going

What season are you going again?  Usually you can just hang the meat in a tree to cool it off.  If it is warm during the day cover the meat up with a sleeping bag or a blanket during the day and uncover it at night.  The last big bull that I shot gave me 360 lbs of boned out meat so that is a couple of coolers with ice.

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1st season rifle, but may do

1st season rifle, but may do OTC archery also, CO

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Do you guys think a 150qrt

Do you guys think a 150qrt cooler would be big enough or 2 100qt coolers?  I am thinking better with too much space than not enough

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A Freezer

I would look for a used Chest freezer, around 10 or 12 cu, ft. that is what i use, and it works great, i also bring most of my food out in it. i take a generator with me to run, and you can buy one for the price of one cooler. that is how i get all my game back to Michigan.

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One has no chance for a bull.

One has no chance for a bull. Get two coolers, and what's left over you can eat in camp.  Yes

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I know that you have been

I know that you have been saying that you are planning on hiking back close to 10 miles so where do you plan on putting the coolers and ice?  Even if you are only 5 miles back in and there is two of you you are still looking at a half day getting the meat out.  Also if the meat isn't cooled off before you place it into the cooler you'll melt the ice real quick and the meat will retain the heat that is left in it.  Remember a cooler is in name only.  It design is to keep cold things cold but it will also keep hot things hot.  As far as size I would say two 120 quart coolers for processed  meat and ice. 

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I'm not sure anybody does it

I'm not sure anybody does it like me. I use a cooler to keep the ice cold. I don't put the meat in it. I lay plastic on the floor. Then a layer of ice, then the meat, and more ice on top. Then I turn on the AC in my Jeep and get it home fast. Usually not more than a 30min drive.

 

Getting the meat back to the Jeep as fast as possible, is the hard part.

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Critter, at this point I am

Critter, at this point I am planning on having 2 camps.  One main camp at the truck where I will store the coolers and then a spike camp about 2 miles in to hunt from.  I am still undecided if we will just hike in every morning from the truck or not.  I was thinking of having the coolers more for transporting the meat home.

I have sort of ditched the 10 mile backpack trip idea.  I hiked 8 miles last weekend with 30lb packs and that wasn't all that fun, I can't imagine another 60lbs. 

I will have rope and gamebags to hang the meat ASAP.  Hopefully a nearby stream to cool off the meat possibly? Any ideas of contracting something from washing in stream?  Fungus, bacteria?

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I wouldn't worry about

I wouldn't worry about cooling it off in the stream unless it is in the 80's and not cooling off at night.  I have shot a bull in September in T shirt weather and just hung it in a shaded tree over night and didn't loose any meat.  You have to figure that it cools off fairly good at night and as long as you have the hide off of it and don't stack it together it will be alright.  I wouldn't even worry about transporting the meat to a processor in the coolers either.  Just stack the sacks of meat to where air can circulate around it and you should be OK. 

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