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    So I am hoping to score a deer on my upcoming Indiana trip and looking for cooler for transport back to MA. I don't think Indiana is a CWD state, so I am hoping I can bring back some bone-in cuts, etc. Cabelas has a 120 qt Igloo on sale this week, but that may be too big. Any recommendations from the folks that do some meat transport?

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    If you have space for it, is there such thing as a cooler that too big? You could probably fit the meat from 3 deer in a 120 quart cooler. You could get a 70 quart cooler and got one plus room for ice. When we went to Iowa, the deer processors had the meat frozen solid and it didn’t thaw a bit on the trip back.
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    Usually buy my coolers at Walmart good prices.
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    I have a couple 120 quart coolers and I find them to be difficult to handle when filled. The size is good to have if you need to bring back a head and cape for taxidermy though. A couple smaller coolers would be a good option if it's just meat you are concerned about.

    Meat yield aproximately 50% of dressed weight of the deer to give you an idea on how much you may be bringing home. This site has a chart that looks to be pretty accurate from my expierence.

    http://www.alfredny.biz/sportsmen/Wh...ield-chart.htm

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    120 quart cooler fills fast, especially with bone in meat. At the very least, you'll have space for the ice blocks somewhere.

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    Related but unrelated
    I keep our cranberry juice jugs. The ones with the handles from Costco. Fill with water and freeze them and stick them in the cooler as block ice. Lasts a long time like your whole trip. Refill refreeze after the trip ready for next trip.

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    Good point on using jugs of ice. When the ice melts in the jug the water stays in the jug. A lot less messy. For the cooler issue, what we do when we go to PA for our trips, we bring these thick clear plastic bags. When we get a deer we quarter it up. Loins go into 1 bag, then each quarter goes into its own bag. Each bag then goes into the cooler which has jugs of ice. 120qt easily fits a deer. 2 possibly.

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    Was at BP in Foxbourough Saturday and saw the 120 on sale for 39.00 or 49.00 I think. It should do the trick.

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