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Location: Nashville, TN
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Transporting the beast home

I am planning a group elk hunt to Idaho in 2008. We have tags in hand and an outfitter booked, but being from Tennessee it’s a 2000 mile one way trip. If someone gets lucky how is the best way to transport the beast home?

Option 1: One person drive the 4000 miles and the others fly?

Option 2: We all fly and then ship home the head and meat? This could cost as much as the actual hunting trip.

I know we are the first long distance hunting group. How do you handle this problem?

Thanks,
JD

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Location: Southern NH
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coolers

I fly out to CO. When I get one, we (my buddies and I) butcher it and freeze it. I bring it home in 48 qt coolers packed with dry ice. I ship my baggage except for the gun by UPS. It's pretty cheap and it's mostly dirty laundry. You can bring one cooler as checked baggage (plus your gun case makes two checked bags), the others are checked as additional baggage @ $50 or more per cooler. It can get pretty expensive. If I had a group of more guys from my area, I would consider driving.....but that's a long drive. If you're going to fly, check out different airlines as the excess baggage fee is different. Same for the additional fee for transporting antlers.

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Transporting the beast home

Thanks.

It's always good to talk to someone to has been there. Thanks again for the info. Merry Christmas!

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Location: santa clara ny
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Transporting the beast home

4 of us drive out to ID in 40 hours with stops, not pushing it, that's each of us driving 2 tanks of gas in my rig, not a bad haul straight out barring construction.

a uhaul trailer for meat works for me but lately the others have wanted to bring out a trailer with a atv for hauling out deer and elk, works fine slows us down some, adds to gas costs but not bad overall.
dry ice and stacking the meat in the trailer( enclosed) works fine for us.

when i go alone i pack everything in my bed of the truck, dry ice again, and i leave the head with the landowners if they want it, or give it to kids, i have no room for a row of elk racks in the house, they and all racks end up in a shed or in boxes in the attic, then get tossed out or given away anyway, any left out on the out buildings get chewed by porkies and squirrels....i leave them once i am ready to head home.

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Transporting the beast home

Thanks slickrock.

We have decided to drive, it makes everything a little easier. Just adds a few more days of being off work, I just hate that. Thumbs up

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Transporting the beast home

More than likely the quide ( with horses) will quarter the meat and haul it back to camp. I usually bone my meat out right at the kill. I'm not big on hauling bones. A spike or Cow, I leave the head and usually the hide. A mature bull, we bring out the antlers.And if we are mounting the head, the cape.

Once boned out and well cooled, It's not any different than bringing a cooler of Salmon home from Alaska or Tuna from Mexico. Load the cooler up, duct tape the lid and head for home.

You can not use dry Ice in coolers on airlines.

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Location: Southern NH
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dry ice

You can use dry ice on most airlines but you must declare it and you're only allowed around 5 pounds. Check with the carrier prior about limits and restrictions. They will put a special label on the package. I've done it many times. You just need to follow the rules. I try to get the meat frozen before the flight. I usually still have dry ice when I get home as long as the cooler is pretty tight. Rules and additional charges vary by carrier and change often so please check with the carrier. Sometimes the cost of added "services" are more than the ticket. Buyer beware.

From Continental's website:

"Perishable items must not violate agricultural rules for the destination country. Perishable items may be packed in hard-sided ventilated containers with a maximum of 5 lbs. (2.2 kg.) of dry ice. Continental will not accept perishable items packed in Styrofoam coolers or in containers that include wet ice."

Delta:

"Delta will accept packages containing 4.4 lbs. (2 kgs) or less of dry ice when used to cool non-hazardous perishables in carry-on or checked baggage. The package must:

Meet carry-on baggage restrictions.
Allow the release of carbon dioxide.
Be plainly marked with: "Dry Ice" or "Carbon Dioxide Solid," the net weight of dry-ice material, and the contents being cooled.
Packages containing more than 4.4 lbs. (2 kgs) may not be accepted as carry-on or checked baggage"

United:

"Dry ice
United will accept packages containing up to 5 lbs. (2.3kg) of dry ice as carry-on baggage or checked baggage. The packaging must allow the release of carbon dioxide gas. The item must be marked as containing dry ice and must show the net weight and the identity of the perishable item.
Each customer is restricted to a maximum of 5 lbs (2.3kg) of dry ice. Amounts cannot be pooled by customers, even within the same traveling party.

A $40.00 handling service charge applies to the transportation of dry ice as a checked bag. Dry ice in quantities greater than 5 lbs. (2.2 kg.) must be shipped as cargo"

Note that United charges an additional $40 to handle dry ice. BOGUS!
US Airways:

"Dry ice restriction
Dry ice is a hazardous material. Due to changes in the governing regulations, we have suspended accepting cargo shipments containing dry ice. 49 CFR 175.10 no longer provides an exception for "will not carry" air operators like US Airways.

We are working with the FAA to become a "will carry" operator. When that is approved limited quantities of dry ice in cargo shipments will once again be permitted. "

Sounds like US AIr lost their ability to handle dry ice.

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