Transporting moose meat
by John L.
(Long Island NY)
Transporting Frozen Moose Meat
I'm planning a moose hunt in Newfoundland for 2014, we have 2 hunters and are going to drive up in a pick up truck.
I need to know how much meat we can expect to get from 2 average sized moose (assuming we both get one) and what is the best way to get it home.
Looking at a two day drive minimum.
Hi John and thanks for your question regarding the transportation of moose meat.
In BC (and I assume NL will be similar) the yield from a butchered moose will average around 450 pounds (205 kg). That will give you a total of 900 pounds of moosemeat to transport.
My suggestion for a two day drive (this will also depend on ambient temps and time of year) would be to have it cut, wrapped and frozen. Place the frozen meat on layers of some type of insulating material.
You can use something as simple as a sleeping bag or buy some high density Styrofoam to line the bed of your truck. Then place all the meat (preferably boxed) in the center of the pickup box and cover it all with all the clothing, sleeping bags, more insulation... whatever to keep the cold in and the warm out.
If accessible, you could also place some dry ice (wrapped in newspaper or cardboard) on top of the boxes under the insulation layers. Don't put dry ice directly on the meat packages though... you will end up with freezer burned meat where it comes in contact.
If you can get your moose meat chilled enough or have it hung in a walk-in cooler to get it chilled, an alternative for transporting your moose meat would be to transport it home in quarters.
If you are choosing this method the ambient temperature needs to be cool. Say something in the neighborhood of 34 - 36 degrees F. and no warmer than 40. Apply the same methods of covering the meat to keep the cool in and the warm out.
It's imperative that your moose meat stays cool or frozen for your trip home. Bone sour and rotting meat are your worst enemy and I've heard some real horror stories of guys traveling for days with meat, that had to be discarded once they got home.
That would be a tragedy! All the time and effort (maybe years to get tags), then all you end up with is antlers? I can tell you this, "Antlers make poor soup!"