We take some cubed ice, but just for the beverages. I fill gallon milk jugs with water and freeze them and they keep the meat plant cold until we get back home. We may pour some cubed ice on top of them if it get real warm. Also keep the cooler in ther shade as much as possible and we cover them with moving plankets.
If I am after an antelope I'll take my 165 qt cooler and fill it with frozen milk jugs. Once I get to where I am going to hunt that cooler will never get opened unless we need to put some meat inside it. It is surprising at how long that frozen water will last that way. The longest that I have tested it is about 6 days with still enough ice not to have to worry. Now the cooler that has the beverages in it, well that ice goes fast.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...