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Old 06-05-2012, 03:50 AM
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Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

When you get back to the truck with a successful kill, what size cooler do you have to put your quarters into? Is a 100qt. cooler large enough for a complete whitetail, or does the meat need to be boned to fit? Are 2 coolers this size better than one? I realize outside temperature will have a big effect, but how much ice is needed to properly cool, and preserve your meat?
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 AM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

Substantial corrugated cardboard boxes, newspaper crunpled up and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). No wet ice here, No mess, capability of actually freezing the meat or keeping it frozen if processed on site and packaged and frozen in the first place.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:49 PM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

If you're talking a typical PA whitetail, yeah that should be fine. If you bring a 100qt full of ice you can use any other container as a cooler if you need additional room. I've found plastic storage bins to work nicely. Put the ice in trash bags and tie tightly then place the meat on top of the ice.

It's a nice problem to have.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:52 PM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

Thanks Gene, and sidecar! Gene are you talking about boned meat or whole quarters and the trimmings?

Sidecar, is dry ice readily available everywhere?
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:37 AM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

I typically leave the legs/shoulders whole and bone everything else out to put it in the cooler. If needed, it's easy enough to filet the shoulder meat off as well. I prefer not to cut any more bone in the field than needed.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:04 AM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

I use Fish "Kill Bags" or "Catch Coolers". They are flexible, light and efficient. This year for example, we put three (3) quartered elk in three bags! Transported them 1500 miles with no issues. Awesome product for game transport and cooling, hold ice very well AND easy to store off season and in the truck. Thank me later here a link to examples.


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Old 06-06-2012, 12:11 PM
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Re: Correct cooler size and proper packing for meat

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Originally Posted by kennygss View Post
I use Fish "Kill Bags" or "Catch Coolers".
Using Kill bags is a fantastic idea all around ... growing up fishing in the Pacific Ocean I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't think of it myself!

They are a little expensive but given their versatility (large storage capability, light weight, easy to store, etc) I'll have to add them to my Christmas list.
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