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.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...