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Gettin the Meat Home

I'm flying into New Mexico from Pennylvania for a guided hunt Sept 7 - 14.
If I score the outfitter will get the game to a processer, but

What's my best bet to get the meat home if I bag one?

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For deer I've done it with dry ice, coolers, and lots of duct tape so the ramp apes don't break them open. Not sure about elk.

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You are talking about anywhere from 300-400+ pounds of meat from a decent bull. The airlines would charge a pretty penny for that much frieght. Plus the meat processor might not have it ready for several weeks to a month. I assume you will be back home by then. Your best bet might be to have someone pack the frozen meat in coolers and drive it to you. A buddy of mine shot a Bison in Canada and the ranch packed everyones meat into coolers and drove it out to everyone in coolers. It made it from Canada to Arizona (in winter) and arrived fully frozen. The meat processor or guide may have good local advice. Good luck on your hunt!!!

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$20 fee for every extra 60 lbs on luggage

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Freeze it then ship it UPS "perishable" packed in dry ice. It will only be about 150-200 lbs of meat, because it has to be totally de-boned(CWD). Ship antlers(the important part) separately. Most good outfitters will handle it for you.

What part of the state are you going, who's the outfitter?

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RatherBNtheWoods wrote:
Freeze it then ship it UPS "perishable" packed in dry ice. It will only be about 150-200 lbs of meat, because it has to be totally de-boned(CWD). Ship antlers(the important part) separately. Most good outfitters will handle it for you.

What part of the state are you going, who's the outfitter?

That weight might be for a cow or a small bull. The last bull that I took came in at 360 lbs of boned out meat. But you do have the right idea. Both UPS and Fed Ex will let you ship it next day air, it just gets a little spendy. What I would do is take the back strap and tender loin and then donate the rest.

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The fed -ex ups method worked good for me ,I donated the front qrts and kept the rest.Buy some tennis balls for your antler tips.

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Critter wrote:
RatherBNtheWoods wrote:
Freeze it then ship it UPS "perishable" packed in dry ice. It will only be about 150-200 lbs of meat, because it has to be totally de-boned(CWD). Ship antlers(the important part) separately. Most good outfitters will handle it for you.

What part of the state are you going, who's the outfitter?

That weight might be for a cow or a small bull. The last bull that I took came in at 360 lbs of boned out meat. But you do have the right idea. Both UPS and Fed Ex will let you ship it next day air, it just gets a little spendy. What I would do is take the back strap and tender loin and then donate the rest.

You know you're probably right. I was thinking that I usually get home with about 200ish lbs, but I usually leave some with the butcher, locals, friends and relatives there and along the way.

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This is where elk hunting can get expensive. (That's a joke.) The meat processor will not usually get the meat ready before you must return home. You will need to use whatever method he chooses and it can be very expensive. Usually Fed-ex. Last bull I shipped back from Montana cost more in freight than processing. Shipping the antlers is far less because they just crate them up and load them onto some truck coming your way. If you choose a local Taxidermist, he will know how to best get you your mount. My brother in-law had his meat frozen on the bone, wrapped it in plastic, packed all of it with dry ice in a 5-inch thick Styrofoam box he made with duck tape that fit his truck bed. Wrapped the whole thing in a tarp and drove back to the east coast. Arrived in perfect condition still very frozen three days later. He likes to do his own butchering.

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The first year we went to NM my buddie killed on tues, the butcher was close by in the boonies, he processed it and quick froze it. Fri morn we picked it up put it in coolers ,sent our clothing 'ups' and took the coolers on the plane. I think that was the year before all the extra charges took effect,2006 Not sure if that still makes sense

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