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jjj/jjj
07-27-2012, 9:42 AM
I've never done one and have always wondered. If you fly into another state to hunt and bag something huge, how do you get it back? Do you find and pay for a refrigerated trucking shipper? do you buy a bunch of disposable styrofoam coolers and duct tape them shut with ice and hope for the best checking them on the plane ride? What about the hide and/or the head?

jmonte35
07-27-2012, 10:02 AM
I've never done one and have always wondered. If you fly into another state to hunt and bag something huge, how do you get it back? Do you find and pay for a refrigerated trucking shipper? do you buy a bunch of disposable styrofoam coolers and duct tape them shut with ice and hope for the best checking them on the plane ride? What about the hide and/or the head?

I've always just packed the meat in a cooler and brought it on a plane with meas checked baggage.....and yes including the hide....there are rules in California about bringing a deer back with bone and brain still inside....from what I remember. You either take a risk on that or let a local taxidermist where you shot the deer take care of the taxidermy. I've never had any issues at all...from Lake Erie Walleye to even a complete wild turkey that my cousin shot out here and he wanted to get it mounted to complete his grand slam...we just packed it complete and he brought it home on the plane with him.

Hope that helped...

dirtracer24
07-27-2012, 10:29 AM
Some friends of mine go to home depot and buy big panels of styrofoam, the kind
They use behind stucco. They then line the bed of the truck with the foam and pack the meat in dry ice and cover it all with a sheet of plywood that has styrofoam attached to it. Strap it down and drive home.

Wideflange
07-27-2012, 10:41 AM
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/cwd_faq.html

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/docs/declaration_form.pdf

lewdogg21
07-27-2012, 10:46 AM
With CWD regs now the days of brining your deer/elk/whatever home whole in a gamebag are over.

If driving quarter it out and put it in big ice chest with blocks (keep the meat dry). If flying do the same but you may need to bone it out.

edgerly779
07-27-2012, 12:05 PM
No spinal parts / skull/ spinal cord. If you want a mount have it done out of state. Declare all game at border if driving with proper form. We have our elk processed and bring it back frozen or only bring quarters and back straps and tenderloin and boned neck meat. If flying bone out and put dfg declaration in cooler with meat. Only 5 lbs dry ice allowed no water ice.

ak_in_ca
07-27-2012, 2:46 PM
Every year that I go to Alaska I have it dropped off at the processor and have it processed, vaccum sealed and flash frozen they pack it in wax lined boxes with styrofoam liners and ice packs and its good for about 24-36 hours. I fly mine back with me as cargo.

methos713
07-27-2012, 3:01 PM
isn't using dry ice going to ruin the meat? Cause it to have freezer burns.

mif_slim
07-27-2012, 3:05 PM
Dry Ice will make it a Hazmat. you'll have to ship it thru Cargo department and sign all these stupid AWB along with paying fee's and have some specialist sign off the package for you.

Best way is already mention. Styro case/ice chest with ice packs and meat in sealed packs shipped as carry-on...wait, I mean luggage and your good to go. :D

spectr17
07-27-2012, 4:44 PM
Every year that I go to Alaska I have it dropped off at the processor and have it processed, vaccum sealed and flash frozen they pack it in wax lined boxes with styrofoam liners and ice packs and its good for about 24-36 hours. I fly mine back with me as cargo.

This ^^^ or I pay for a cooler as 1 checked bag. Get one you can lock or tape it up good and just pray it doesn't get lost and end up on the ramp in GA somewhere. Shoo weeee would that smell after a couple days in that heat.

wjc
07-27-2012, 9:34 PM
Just a question.

Isn't there something in the regs that the meat can be brought back without a problem if it's been commercially processed and the processor provides some documentation?

tpuig
07-27-2012, 10:08 PM
IIRC you can bring the meat back no problem, just nothing with the spinal cord or brain matter. It's the Chronic Wasting Disease they are trying to prevent. Nasty stuff.

As far as physically getting it back, you can put it in an ice chest and check it as baggage. Since I wasn't travelling directly home, I had a deer processed in SD and they shipped it in a cooler a couple weeks later, just like Omaha Steaks. My buddy used a large zippered soft cooler from Costco and put it in his regular baggage. Others in the party just sectioned it and drove it back in coolers from WY. Make sure to keep the tags with the meat. (good idea to make a copy)

hermosabeach
07-27-2012, 10:29 PM
We hunt antelope in WY and live in CA

The game processor gives us two choices
A- process and pack on dry ice to drive out with it
B- hangs it and ages the meat, then processes it, then stores it until fall is almost over and The weather will stay cool. They then ship via the airlines and pack with dry ice per airline regs. Once deep frozen and dry iced, it makes it as long as the airline does not route the cargo through Atlanta

edgerly779
07-28-2012, 5:53 AM
When we drive it back from new mexico we put newspapers on top and cover with dry ice and it does not freezer burn in the 13 hours it takes to get home. If processed we don't bother it stays solidly frozen in ice chest.