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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2017, 05:32:48 PM »
I freeze gallon jugs of water-large frozen mass, least amount of air space and my meat won't be sitting in water if/when they melt. Randy Newberg has a great video on how to keep ice for long periods of time.


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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2017, 11:45:41 AM »
Great thread! We've had to deal with this on long hot high hunts. We bone out, put in Cheyenne soaked game bags, build a grate with sticks in the shade over creek or moving water. The shade, air flow and cool water keeps the meat until we are ready to pack out.

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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2017, 11:52:08 AM »
My big igloo cooler (others have it as well) has a small ridge around the inside of it about 6" up from the bottom.  I cut a piece of expanded metal that sits on the ridge and seperates the ice in the bottom from the meat on top.  Keeps the meat off the ice and out of the melt, as well as lets it drip if needed.  I also use frozen bottles of water but use the smaller Arizona tea jugs my wife gets, they fit better under the expanded metal.
Works great, I was also recommended dry ice once but haven't tried it yet.  I need to cut a piece for my RTIC cooler, it keeps ice longer than the igloo.

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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2017, 12:50:01 PM »
Everyone has great info and ideas here.

I will add as something to try or check out - if you do have a good water source, get some food grade plastic bags so you can stuff the meat in there and just dump it in the creek/lake to cool it down.

Amazon has 5 gallon and 55 gallon ones, i'm sure you could find them elsewhere.  If you bone out, 5 gallons are perfect for the back country, they weigh nothing.  55 would be good for quarters in coolers on the way home. Just be careful not to pop a hole in them.  I'd be careful with quarters dropping them in a bag in a creek, might have to double bag it and make sure to carry the meat on not try to pick it up like you do a garbage bag.

On the way home, in your cooler, you can have the frozen blocks like others have mentioned, put the meat on top in the bags, then just get some bags of ice on the way home, and dump them on top of the meat so you are getting full coverage and just leave where you tie it off above the ice just in case some water wants to try to get in.  Waterproof, safe meat bags.  You can also leave them in there for a couple days in the cooler if you got a good enough one. 

I will note, make sure to keep the drain open on your cooler in any case you have meat and ice.  It's also good to hang meat in the open air to get that crust going so when temperatures drop at night, take them out of the plastic bags to hang and don't transport them in the plastic bags to your truck!

Good luck all, hope you all have this problem in a few days once archery season starts up and you all get it back home in great shape!

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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2017, 03:08:52 PM »
I've been doing the frozen jug thing for 30+ years.  But do what others have said.  Get it out of the hide, deboned and cooled down in any manner.  I hunted in Missouri for about 10 years on public land and the temps could be in the 80's during gun season.  The black pepper guys went home with some seriously rotten, stinky and dark meat.  Just my observations.
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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2017, 04:02:18 PM »
Be careful if you use dry ice if you have the cooler inside of a unventilated vehicle. As it sublimates it is releasing carbon dioxide and if your cooler leaks as pressure builds  it can build up inside you vehicle and can interfere with your breathing. Been there, done that. It also will "burn" the meat if it is in direct contact.

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Re: Preserving your deer in hot weather
« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2017, 04:15:07 PM »
Be careful if you use dry ice if you have the cooler inside of a unventilated vehicle. As it sublimates it is releasing carbon dioxide and if your cooler leaks as pressure builds  it can build up inside you vehicle and can interfere with your breathing. Been there, done that. It also will "burn" the meat if it is in direct contact.

Good to know, thanks

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