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Old 07-18-2020, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Transporting elk - Cooler Sizes?

I'll be returning to UT for an elk hunt, driving in.
Thinking positive, how much cooler space would be needed to transport a boned out bull? (Yes, I realize they come in different sizes )
I have a 110 that I usually use to age whitetail, but thinking that won't quite do it! Wanting to bring back cold meat to age and fully process at home.
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Just go to Walmart and buy a couple of those big Coleman coolers. Like 75 quart+

They are cheap. I use those specifically for holding meat after a kill. Surprisingly, they hold ice really well.
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I use a 100Q + an 80Q. The most important thing in my opinion is to cool the meat as soon as possible. DO NOT stack hot meat in a cooler. It will spoil. Cool it down overnight then layer it with ice in between the layers. Keep the water drained off on your way home. I also throw in a chunk of dry ice just before i head back home. It works for me, 1300 miles.
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Old 07-19-2020, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like the idea of several smaller coolers. Much easier to maneuver.
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Just go to Walmart and buy a couple of those big Coleman coolers. Like 75 quart+

They are cheap. I use those specifically for holding meat after a kill. Surprisingly, they hold ice really well.

Agreed. You can put so much ice in them they outlast Yeti or anything else lol... and cheap. We fit several antelope into one


Tip: Cut some 1/2" pvc into 2ft pieces and lay them on top of a quarter, before you place on another quarter. This lets air get between them cooling them faster. You can debone as well... but you need cool air to get between them or they will just cook themselves.


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I donít know anyone that has more little hints and tricks like this than DallanC.

You need to write a book! Iíd buy it.
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Walmart?

Don't get all fancy... Local yardsales are a great place to find some massive coolers. Get cheap cooking racks from the dollar store and Dallan's PVC idea.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Walmart?

Don't get all fancy... Local yardsales are a great place to find some massive coolers. Get cheap cooking racks from the dollar store and Dallan's PVC idea.

So do you ice the meat then pvc with maybe ice filler then meat and ice on top?


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I have to debone everything before bring home. CWD rules.
Hey, at least it cuts down on the bulk!
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The main thing is getting the meat cooled down before you pack it. You simple can not cool down a elk once it's in a cooler. Even Dallan's PVC idea won't let the heat leave the cooler once the lid is closed. Coolers keep heat in just as well as they keep heat out.
Many a word has been written on this and other sites about how to cool meat on a hot September hunt...sorry, I have no answers for that one.
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