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transporting home?

i will be driving home ( hopefully) with an elk and an ant. still trying to figure out how. NE ideas? i cant take a freezer with me and i will be driving 1200 miles. i would like to split the trip up to a two day drive. i will be hunting outside casper wy and i live in california. ne help would be great thanks.

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What I would do is take both animals to a processor to be butchered and frozen. Then place the meat into a couple of "GOOD" coolers. Not the type that Wal-Mart sells but a good marine type cooler such as an Iglo.. If you want place some dry ice onto the top of the meat and then head for home.

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ep! Coolers and dry ice should take care of it. Doesn't need to be frozen but does need to be kept cool. You should be home in three days easy, let it tenderize.

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ep? tendrerize?

those to things scare me. lol i am going to be out their an exstra day so they can freeze the game. if i use dry ice should i leave a vent tube out the cooler? alos it will only take me 2 days to get home. will i nead to repack the dry ice. thanks for the quick responce. What do you mean by tenderize?

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By tenderize the way I take it is to let the meat age a little. I like to let the meat age about a week before I freeze it. it lets the natural bacteria break down the meat a little or at least that is how I understand it.

Personally I would just quarter both animals and put in coolers with dry ice as stated above. You could also bone out the animals and then you wont have to pack home all of the bones.

Just my two cents take it for what its worth to ya.

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what dose ne one else think about letting the meat breath?

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How about if you are going to fly to/from Colorado, what would be the best way to transport the meat? Flying back will be a nonstop flight.

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i have done this. mail your bags back and fly with your game in coolers. what airline are you flying? what are you hunting? ie elk will be like $250 exstra for the flight. you can check on the airlines wed site for exstra bagage rates. call them if you are transporting with dry ice. have a good hunt. also remember its hunting not killing take a good shot and most of all stop an look around. it is a beautefull world out their.

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If you're driving a half-ton, get a small apt sized freezer and throw it in the back. Get your meat frozen before you leave, use an ext cord plug it in to get it (the empty freezer) good and cold. Then put the meat in and drive home.

If you stop for the night, plug in your freezer - if you're driving straight through stop every 4-6hrs and offer a gas station/restaurant/whatever a few $$$ to plug it in for an hour.

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rooster2022 wrote:
i have done this. mail your bags back and fly with your game in coolers. what airline are you flying? what are you hunting? ie elk will be like $250 exstra for the flight. you can check on the airlines wed site for exstra bagage rates. call them if you are transporting with dry ice. have a good hunt. also remember its hunting not killing take a good shot and most of all stop an look around. it is a beautefull world out their.

I've done this with deer. If it's prechilled a good cooler will keep it frozen. Remember the air temp at 30K ft is well below freezing and as far as I know most general baggage compartments on airplanes aren't heated. Any thawing will happen if you're stuck changing planes and its sitting in the airport.

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Thanks for the info. I'll be flying Southwest nonstop back so I won't have to change planes, risk loosing coolers in transition. Are there any places around Ft Collins where I could get the meat frozen before I leave? I usually do the processing myself. Would like to save some money since it is going to cost so much to bring the meat back.

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