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warm weather elk hunting

I am going elk hunting in early October and am concerned about the possibility of warm weather and how to keep my meat from spoiling. I have a 5 hour drive home and I need some ideas on how to preserve the meat!

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warm weather elk hunting

Where are you huntin? What kind of temps are you expecting? Generally in most places elk live in early October its cool enough that once you down your elk if you quarter it, skin it, get some bags on it you're usually ok if you get it down to the butcher within 24 hrs.

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warm weather elk hunting

5 hours is nothing to worry about even if its 70 degrees out as long as you:

- gut it
- get all the blood out that you can (not an issue if quartering but can be if you don't quarter)

If you do quarter and take the hide off definitely want to take RatherBe's suggestion on the cloth.

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warm weather elk hunting

Buy ice and throw it in the cavity of the animal and you will be fine.

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