Originally Posted by HARPERC
My thought on such things is generally, donate the meat to a shelter etc., then buy meat when you're at home. It's not usually cost effective to fly meat around.
If it's just important to you that's OK, it sounds like your plan is workable.
Just curious, I know Florida, and Texas are considered "Hog Heaven", Northern California, and Oregon are driving distance. The front door to front door cost might be better. Especially if you want the meat.
I'm with HarperC. Drive with Yeti's. We do. The only time it's an airplane trip is when I go with no intention of bringing meat back. If it's a freezer trip, it's a 4 wheeler trip and it don't matter where in the Continental USA that is.
We are in the mid eastern part of the country (Michigan) and we've driven to western Canada before (on a meat to home adventure).....
Nice thing about here is it's cold. We gut 'em and hang cool 'em and strap them to the roof rack (intact) and bring them home....or in the trunk or bed if no roof rack.....
Air freighting meat is stupid cost wise, especially for wild piggie (maybe for elk, maybe). If you double up on the driving and factor in fuel cost, meal cost, maintenance cost and motel cost versus flying out and back and air freight charges, I believe you'll find pounding the asphalt to be cheaper plus there is no TSA BS to deal with, lost baggage, airport games and baggage handlers playing basketball with your gun case.....
I'm an old fart but 2 of us old farts can drive cross country at a fairly relaxed pace in 3 days and arrive with no jet lag and our guns, clothing and ammo all in one place (back of the vehicle), that don't always hold true when flying, I know from personal experience. Nothing better to arrive at your destination and go to collect your rifle case or luggage and find out your rifle case (or luggage) went to Seattle and you went to Orlando. Been there, done that.
I say drive if you want a 'meat home hunt'. Fly if you want to just hunt/donate.