What Ive done before is freeze the meat of you can and pack it in a hard cooler. Then send it 2 day UPS or FedEX but make sure you send it early in the week so it isnt sitting around in a hot warehouse all weekend long. If thats the case then I would buy a cooler from Walmart (usually cheap) and dry ice the meat and take it on the plane. They of course are gonna hit you for a extra bag fee and if its over 50 # there gonna hit you extra. Especially if the cooler is large in size. It usually works out cheaper to send it if you can. Hope that helps.
Thanks, Cale. Actually, you are limited to how much dry ice you can use on a plane, that's why I ask. You can't use dry ice beyond allowed amounts (no more than 5.07 pounds is allowed in checked baggage and no more than 4.4 pounds is allowed in carry-on baggage). I understand about shipping it. I have done that many times. What I want to know is specifically what you do for a plane trip. Each airline is different, but I might be willing to try them after FedEx just f*cked up my last shipment of venison.
Shipping small quantities of meat on a plane is cheaper than 2-day air or overnighting it. Any ideas are welcome!
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I have been hunting out of state for about 4 years and have brought back meat each time on the plane. Similar to what was mentioned above we buy coolers at walmart and freeze the meat before we leave to go home. We duct tape the coolers shut and pay the extra fee. We fly South West the majority of the time because they give you two free check-ins. In 4 years we have never lost a cooler and we probably average about 6-8 coolers that are brought back. last I checked two years ago shipping the meat was more expensive then paying the extra baggage fee and it is more likely the meat will arrive unspoiled with you.
We maximize our luggage by bringing our hunting clothes in a cooler and then we send the clothes back home through the post office using ground shipping then fill the cooler with meat. Keep it at 50lbs and there is no charge. hope this helps.
I like Spotnstalk's idea. Thanks!!
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Thanks, spotnstalk, that's a great idea. I think that's what I am going to try should I be successful. Thank you for the advice!