Re: Texas Whitetail Hunt?
Maybe I will chime in....There are a number of ways to get that meat home. If you have a butcher process it in TX, I'm sure they can ship it to you when they are done. I like to hang my deer for a few days anyhow, so if you're on a tight schedule flying home that can be good. Also depends on whether the butcher WILL hang it for you. Many of them are get them in, get them out, to maximize their space and money. May cost a bit more this way.
A good way that I've employed in the past. And I prefer to process my own game, but I've taken a vacuum sealer on trips with me. If you have time, and want to, you can cut the deer how you want it and vacuum seal all of it. Just leave it in a walk-in cooler until you're ready to go home.
Most, if not all, airlines will stipulate a waxed cardboard box or a styrofoam one, like used for fish and seafood, that will not leak. If you have the meat vacuum sealed then refrigeration, or leakage, is not a big issue if you were just flying home from TX. Wrap all seams of the box with the heavy wide cello tape and then go over it again with duct tape to make extra sure.
The most hunter friendly airline I've ever flown on is Alaska Airlines. I flew a caribou home with me and had blood leaking out of it all over. (I didn't vacuum seal that one.) Surprisingly, nothing was said or done when I got home, but boy did I get some strange looks loading blood leaking boxes into my truck at the Pittsburgh Airport. Likely, you would not get as lucky as I did.
Pack the meat into less than 50 pound boxes and take them as extra checked baggage. Alaska Airlines charged me $50 for the first box and $25 apiece after that one. If they are more than 50 pounds, you will pay an oversized fee.
For the antlers, I do like Lo said and put them in my big Cabelas bag. Take some 1/2 inch pipe insulation with you and fit them over the points to protect them. Stuff them in the middle of the bag and put a bunch of clothes around them also and you will be fine.
All depends on what you want.