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Cheapest way to ship meat
What are the cheapest ways you have found to ship meat? I checked ups and can ship WY to OH 50# for around $25, arrives in 1 day ground seems to good to be true???
$25/50# is super cheap if you can get it? I've shipped several hundred pounds of big game plus salmon/halibut on the Alaska Airlines. First bag free, 2nd $25, third+ $75 each....depends upon the airlines though. I've sent quite a few turkey capes across the country and they are usually around $40 for 3 day....and the box weighs around $20.
I think you must've entered something wrong on the UPS site, like one of the zip codes, or the weight. I checked their 1 day service for a 50# package from central WY to central OH, and showing a cost around 350.00. Ground service 5-day delivery, about 70.00.
By US Mail, Priority Mail service (2-day) is about 86.00. That's normally what I use. In a sealed styrofoam-lined box, the meat usually arrives still frozen.
No way that's accurate Don. Are you flying? I'm guessing so or you'd be taking it with you driving. Put your meat on the plane and ground ship your clothes and gear.
Does your company have a FedEx or UPS account? Or maybe you have buddy that has access to their company's account....Ask them if you can use the account to ship your meat on second day (make sure it's frozen and insulated first) and you just pay the bill.
I shipped almost 200lbs from MT to CT last year that way and it it only cost about $130 doing it that way. Companies get way better rates than we do. Got to me frozen solid too.
I’ve done it several times from Montana to Pa.... Via Airline; and can tell ya ,there ain’t any “cheap way”..... Last yr I brought Home 4 - 50 lb. boxes of elk and it cost about $500.00 ....First bag was free, second bag was $25.00.... and from there it went up and up with each bag...I quess if I understood it correctly, the cost jumps dramatically cause they say each bag adds more weight, which causes more fuel cost ....Next time, I plan to either drive out, or, just bring back 2 boxes and donate the rest to a needy family...
Best way is a couple guys flying and only one of em tags out....... =D FYI.... You can get another 30-40 lbs frozen meat in your "carry on" (backpack) as well..... normally goes off as "organic" (think "bomb") with TSA but that's a minor inconvenience. Normally.... depends on what else you have in the pack.......
Over the years we have also donated a good deal of meat along the way. But you mail back your gear and haul meat on the plane. Two 50lb coolers and carry on.... that's 120-130 lbs each with "normal" baggage rates before you get to stupid rates...... but even the stupid rates for another 50 lbs are much better than 1 or 2 day UPS/FedEx..... to HI anyway.....
If you have certain airline credit cards you can sometimes get more bags for free or discount. Meat donation can sometimes be a good deal for everyone involved but obviously you don't get to take home as much tasty, lean, organic meat!
Did someone say meat donation? If you guys need a volunteer I am 20 min from Denver International Airport. You’re all welcome.
Cheap and shipping meat are not synonymous. Took me almost $600 to over night ship from CO to here. That was 6 years ago too.
just get it hard frozen and add max amount of dry ice in a cooler ship on a Monday so no sit in warehouse over a weekend shipped elk from CO to Maryland fed ex for like 100 bucks several times always shows up still hard and frozen.
Run some numbers in the planning phase. Often if you upgrade your ticket to first class you get the first two bags free AND they can be 70lbs not 50. That's 40 extra pounds of meat before you get into excess baggage fees. Plus you get drinks on the plane and your luggage is marked "priority" to less likely to get lost.
If you can get a deal on the tickets, it works out well. My wife and I did this last fall to WY.
Cheap and shipping meat cant be used in the same sentence.
Been there, done that with the airlines, Fed X and UPS. I now drive from NYS to Co!
Agree with TD, carrying as much as you can frozen in your carry on helps a little.
Last year, I shipped a processed, frozen elk, frozen cape and elk rack from NM to FL via Wild Game Transport (Alan -970-712-0946) for $800 to my house. The price is based upon the distance shipped. Wyoming to Ohio would be cheaper. Good friends have also used this company without issues.
Don: If you are on UPS main shipping route it can be as cheap as about $1 a pound for guaranteed delivery within 3-5 days (pending location).
I once shipped 300 lbs of meat back to MA and it was just over $300. Came on a pallet too.
You must be on their main route.
Call Cliff Carney of Carney hunts in Colorado. They ship meat and taxidermy from many Outfitters. He is honest and reasonable. Regards, gary
Thanks guys I always take it as baggage but I can get 2 cow elk instead of one and I am considering it.
FYI my plan is always meat as carry on NEVER weighed. Carry on and personal item can be big and I have easily taken over 100# as carry on! Last 2 years my huge cow elk meat was all carry on.
Some good ideas here - mainly I was shocked at how cheap I found ups was. Seemed to good to be true.
Interesting, I rechecked shipping and it went from $25 to $350