I'm going on only my second deer/bear hunt next week and have a question about transporting game.
I'll be near Arnold, Ca, which is up around 7,000'. The 6-10 day weather forecast is predicting temperatures in the mid 70's. I'll be there 3 nights/4 days for deer/bear.
My question is, what's the best choice for treating any deer/bear I take? I've spoken to a few of the more experienced guys going on the trip, and they're saying that if they shoot a deer/bear, they're going to take it straight to the butcher, who is about 1.5 hours away.
My last hunt was in 30 degree weather at about 8,000', so we weren't terribly concerned about the meat getting too warm. But given the warmer weather for this trip, would you suggest skinning and quartering any game and putting it on ice prior to making the 1.5 hour drive to the butcher? Or do you think field dressing the deer/bear, throwing it in a game bag, and transporting it straight to the butcher would be ok?
I'm sure its a pretty basic question to a lot of you, but as I stated, this is only my second hunt. I read a lot of good advice and tips on here, so any to help me out would be greatly appreciated!