My post was not ment for you to send it, it was ment for you to look at to use another idea to help keep the meat frozen on the way home!huntnut said:that's a great idea but i'm looking to get elk meat home that is just frozen not
cured. i checked with fed ex and for 200LBs it would be 8-9 hundred bucks.
We do very close to the same exept we have 4 - 40 ish quart coolers.rmh181 said:I typically fly the meat home under the airplane from CO. I have the butcher flash freeze to a rock and pull it out at last minute before heading to the airport. I have bought some excellent, lockable, hardplastic storage containers for $15/each from walmart that work perfectly. U have to pay of course for the "extra bags" to the airline. Keep in mind every airline has weight limits (and container size dimension limits) per "bag" before a huge jump in price.....and each has their own RULES ON USING DRYICE. Some airlines are ok w/ the use, some prohibit, some are ok w/ it but they want you to pay a "hazard fee" which can be very expensive. When u can, ship in dry ice. Important to note that some airlines will only let u use 5lbs per container, etc. I have shipped w/o it and the meat is fine as well as long as your meat is rock hard before u start, flight times, layovers, etc are reasonable.
Taking several under 50lb versus 1 at 100 lbs is often cheaper, just ck with the airline on limits and pricing and do the math on the cheapest way. I also take the very best cuts of meat in my carry on backpack. again, ck on limits for your carry on, think it was under 50lbs last i looked which is a decent amnt of weight, i simply use my daypack that i hunt with to be my carry on item.
Keep in mind, airlines can lose or misplace luggage, you take that chance when u use the airline (that's why the best cuts are w/ me). Some people feel weird about walking around w/ all that meat on their pack from plane to plane, going through security, etc but CO airports are more than use to hunters so they typically give you very little trouble. Once you are in then, you are good to go.