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I am looking at getting a new cooler for elk season this year and am wandering what size do you need for a boned out elk! Thoughts are appreciated. Thanks
Will the 145 RTIC work Kodiak? Thanks
I had a 150 and a 120 for my first elk last year and there was no way I could have gotten all the boned out meat in a single cooler and still had room for ice.
Scrappy would 2x110 work or would you do 145 and. 65? Thanks
Ya definitely two 110's would work.
I guess I should clarify, I was having to keep my elk on ice to get it from Montana back to Iowa. If I was just a couple hours away from home one 150 would have worked.
Ya I am in Nebraska so definitely would have some road time!
I use a 150 qt and a 100 qt with gallon jugs of ice.
2 x 150 quarts for a bull - you need space for ice
I agree with six Lomaz - 2X 120-150 quart coolers is about right for a bull. For a cow, you could get by with less.
Agree you need about 200qts total ish ...if you going to have ice space
Just use dry ice and you won't need two 150 qt coolers.
Idyllwildarcher so what your saying is a 150 with a block of dry wood work?
You're probably going to be using 2 coolers on your elk hunt anyway - at least one for food. If successful, take out your food from one and you'll have plenty of room.
I don’t like to use dry ice with boned meat because that will freeze at least some of the meat. Frozen meat sure but not unprocessed meat.
I keep1- 150 quart Coleman in my F350 and another 1- 150 quart in my Toyhauler or at my lodging Cabin.
I put the boned off meat in the F350 one and then switch/clean/trim the boned off meat into the other one along with ice.
I put the clean/trimmed meat in plastic bags and then add ice in between bags of meat, using the plastic bags the ice comes in as a top layer to preserve the ice and to help keep the meat cool.
Good luck, Robb