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Joined: 05/30/2009
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Meat processing and shipping.

I know this is early and I am trying to cover every aspect of the hunt but has anyone ever had there meat shipped back home fed ex and what is the cost? If I drive out I would probably just buy dry ice and use coolers but since I dont even know how much meat you get on an average elk it is hard to figure out . I know on a white tail we get roughly 45 lbs of meat off a deer but an elk is a lot bigger animal. Any input would be helpful. Thankyou in advance.

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Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
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Meat processing and shipping.

No idea on the cost to ship it but it would be quite a lot. Between the package and next day air delivery you may go broke. When I went fishing to Alaska they shipped 100 pounds of fish for me in two 50 pound packages. I am not sure it that is what is required by Fed-ex or what for next day. The last elk that I had processed for me yielded me 360 pounds of boned out meat. Now granted he was a 7x6 bull but that will give you some idea. A lot of hunters from back east that come to Colorado have it processed and froze and then place it in coolers with no dry ice and then wrap the coolers in their sleeping bags. That way you are good for a couple of days of travel until you have to start to worry.

Location: South Florida
Joined: 04/28/2009
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Meat processing and shipping.

Here's a tip for getting your meat home...

I live in South Florida, but hunt deer in Michigan - My parents own acreage there.

I always by the cheapest coach airline ticket to my destination and travel light, usually one carry on, but if you are packing a rifle, then go with one checked bag. Most airlines are now charging $15 - $25 for the additional bags, which have weight limits of 50 lbs.

On my return trip, I call the airlines and upgrade to First Class for my return leg. I either use points or sweet talk the clerck for the lowest price possible (usually around $100). Now, I am allowed to bring bag four (4) bags with NO WEIGHT RESTRICTION. Three of my bags become coolers, one is my rifle, and I have one carry on. I try not to over do it... My coolers typically run 80 lbs. each.

That might not get your whole elk back, but it is certainly a start. If you are traveling with a companion willing to do the same thing, you are set!

Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 02/19/2009
Posts: 29
Meat processing and shipping.

This gets me thinking. I'll have a hunting partner on my elk hunt, and we (perhaps naively-he has done it before, while I have not) plan to process the animal ourselves after getting it back to camp. How many coolers should we bring with about how much dry ice? Or am I just being absurd and should pay to have my kill processed?

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Location: Fruita Colorado
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Meat processing and shipping.

My fathers hunters from Tennessee use to cut and wrap there animals at camp. They brought a bunch of coolers and ice and they usually picked the dry ice up on the way out of town. It can be done. They always came out 3rd rifle season when it is normally a lot colder.

I looked at my meatcutters bochure today just to see if I could help you guys out. In his brochure he sends it back Fed-Ex and you call them for the price.