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Old 07-20-2020, 07:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Love Dallan's idea and will be implementing this in the fall. It is true though that you HAVE to cool that meat somewhat before it goes in the cooler or it will just cook itself. If you are boning the meat out, I like to lay out the different cuts on tree branches or over sagebrush - whatever is available to keep the meat off the ground and let the air circulate around it. Instead of deboning an entire hindquarters, learn how to divide up the major muscle groups - top and lower rounds, eye of round, sirloin, and sirloin tip. The meat will cool significantly faster if divided into smaller groups. Of course, shade helps a ton...hopefully your bull or cow doesn't drop in a completely open sagebrush flat, but if it does, bring a tarp and twine, and use trekking poles to create a lean-to to shade the meat while it cools. There are ways to cool off an elk even when it's hot. Just have to get creative sometimes. Good luck!
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Old 07-20-2020, 09:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
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From my little experience with 3 bulls, I'd suggest having around 200 qts of ice chest space. That has been enough for a deboned bull and plenty of room for ice. If you don't have the coolers already, you can always go without them and buy them if you need them.

Another way to transport is to process, butcher paper/vacuum seal and take a chest style deep freezer and run it a few hours a day on a generator. I haven't done it yet, but I've seen it done once and read a few posts on it. From what remember, if it's in the 30s or 40s during the day, a couple hours of run time would keep the meat frozen or ice cold. Someone with experience on that may be willing to share their experience with it.

Either way, good luck.
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Old 07-20-2020, 09:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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We have this one, 150 qt Pelican. It holds ice incredibly well and fits a whole boned out elk in it. My dad got a screaming deal on it for less than half of what it is listed on this site for.

The downside it is touch to lift by yourself empty, let a lone with a full elk and ice in it. I think a couple smaller ones is a great option.

https://www.pelican.com/us/en/produc...rs/elite/150qt
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Old 07-20-2020, 11:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Dang, thatís one pricey cooler!!!
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Yeah, if it didn't find a deal for about $250 there is no way we would have bought it. Biggest trouble is, when full you about need a forklift to pick it up.
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Old 07-20-2020, 01:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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150 qt.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-1...?selected=true

$69 if you don't mind blue.
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Old 07-20-2020, 01:54 PM   #17 (permalink)
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150 qt.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-1...?selected=true

$69 if you don't mind blue.
That looks like the one I have... but in green. That sounds like the right price too. Fill'er up with cheap ice from Costco and it will last for a very long time.

Another tip is to freeze saltwater in plastic bottles. It has a lower freezing point than normal water and will keep cooler colder and for much longer. I'll usually freeze up some 2 liter bottles and a bunch of the smaller water bottles. They get so cold it will make your fingers ache when you hold them.

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How much salt you adding to the water?
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Old 07-20-2020, 10:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great suggestions. I will take the time to let cool before packing up. Just a matter of telling them I'll be late getting back to work that week!
As for additional coolers, I was very surprised at how many are for sale on craigslist and fb marketplace. They will supplement the Canyon Cooler going out with me.
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Remember that you can always place something into the cooler on the way out to save some space but have to stack it on top for the ride home if you are successful.

As for the freezer idea that someone posted about, I see it all the time.

A chest type freezer in the back of a truck or on a trailer along with a generator. Works great. I have see where hunters have actually processed their game animal and then froze it in the freezer for the trip home.
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