HOW TO PACK A YETI COOLER FOR A HUNT
Written by Khoa Le on October 10
When packing for an early-season hunt, when temperatures are still high, you need to know how to get your meat cooled down as quickly as possible.
Knowing the right way to pack a YETI cooler will not only give you enough space, but also the ability to make the most of it to keep your hard-earned meat cool and dry.
Here is how to pack a cooler for a hunt.
1. The first step in packing a cooler for a hunt is what I call “priming the cooler.” Hours before you start packing, add a small layer of ice to the bottom of the cooler.
When you’re ready to start loading, be sure to let out any melted water that may have accumulated.
Also as part of the priming process, make sure that you pre-chill all food before you put it into the cooler.
2. Freeze some plastic water bottles and use them as ice.
This is very important as it reduces the amount of melted water in the cooler so that your meat stays more dry.
Don’t worry. Plastic water bottles are built to expand so they won’t explode in the freezer.
3. When packing bottles in a cooler, alternate between right-side-up and upside-down to fill the gaps.
The tighter you can pack, the better.
4. Next, add another small layer of ice and put in your pre-chilled food items which have been packed in resealable bags or containers.
If you’re making scrambled eggs, pre-scramble them and put them in an air-tight bottle. Meat, such as bacon, can sit on top of the ice.
5. Hunting in the heat means losing water and nutrients.
That’s why I like to pack sports drinks and extra water bottles last for easy access.
It’s for this reason I like to keep beer toward the top as well
6. Your cooler is now ready to protect the meat you’ll work your tail off to harvest.
Make sure you get it there without it spoiling.
This means cooling the meat as soon as possible by hanging the quarters in the shade or dunking it in a nearby water source before patting it dry to pack out.
Although you’ve reduced the amount of melted water in your cooler by using frozen water bottles, investing in game bags will go a long way in further protecting your harvest.
When you’re out in the field, keep your cooler out of the sun and especially out of a hot truck.
Safely store it in some shade and consider how far away from it you should be hunting.
It’s not a very successful hunt if all you’ve got to show for it is a set of antlers and a bunch of spoiled meat.