Getting my Moose Meat from Williams Lake to Louisiana
by Tommy Barber
(Baton Rouge Louisiana )
Rouladen made from moosemeat.
Shipping moose meat to USA from Canada creates challenges!
I have a butcher in Williams lake who will butcher my moose if I am fortunate to kill. I’m flying in and out from Williams lake to Vancouver then to Houston Texas then to Baton Rouge Louisiana. What is the best way to ship the meat?
Tommy, I wish you luck on your moose hunt! Let us know how you make out... send a photo!By Land
You will have to check with some trucking companies with refrigerated trucks. I have shipped frozen moosemeat within Canada but I have not shipped across into the USA. Maybe some of our readers with experience can help out.
The company I used is Manitoulin Transport
. They do ship across North America, so you could check with them and see if they can get your moosemeat into the USA for you.
I was very happy with their service - we shipped moose from the Yukon to Vancouver. Prompt and professional service.By Air:
The TSA, who regulate the transportation of goods on aircraft say this on their website...Frozen Food
Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
Checked Bags: Yes
Meat, seafood, vegetables and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.
You will want to use high quality coolers to keep your meat frozen. If you use dry ice (we don't recommend the use of regular ice), be sure you wrap it very well to insulate it from the cooler liner.Dry ice is very cold -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-78.5 degrees C)
, I've heard of guys cooler liners being shattered because they they got so cold.
I think the biggest challenge for you is going to be in the amount of time and bulk of your packaging. Good coolers, such as the Yeti brand will keep your meat frozen for a long period of time. However, they are quite expensive.
The more meat you can pack together the longer it will stay frozen. IE: a larger cooler will keep its core colder longer.
Of course there is always the possibility of lost luggage. That would really suck!
Talk to your airline, and your butcher. They both should have experience shipping frozen goods.
~ Mark - The Mooseman