How to Get Your Game Home

Whether driving or flying, you’ll need to plan to transport your meat after the hunt. Your harvested gator can be processed locally, packaged, frozen, and available for pickup within two to three days maximum.

Driving Home with Gator and Hog Meat

If you’re driving to Brevard County, bring a cooler or two. You’ll need space for ice, so take a look at our recommended cooler sizes:

  • Whole Cuts (legs, ribs, etc.): An ideal cooler is 150-200 quarts.
  • Ground Gator Meat: A cooler in the 75-100 quart range should suffice for ground gator meat, as it is more tightly packed.

Allow ample space for ice or dry ice to maintain a safe temperature (around 32°F) during your trip.

  • Whole Cuts: Opt for a cooler in the 150-200 quart range
  • Ground Meat: A cooler in the 120-150 quart range might suffice for primarily ground gator meat.

After processing, expect a yield of around 50% of the animal’s weight. For example, a 100-pound boar would likely yield 50 pounds of processed meat.

  • Mostly Whole Cuts: Assuming a 50% yield after processing, a boar weighing 100-200 pounds would produce 50-100 pounds of meat. For mostly whole cuts, a cooler in the 75-100 quart range would be suitable for this amount.
  • Mostly Ground Meat: For primarily ground meat from a 100-200 pound boar (50-100 pounds processed), a cooler in the 50-75 quart range might suffice.

Flying Home with Gator and Hog Meat

If you’re flying, every airline has certain restrictions on bringing game and seafood home. You must check with the airline before you travel, as not all airlines have the same restrictions.

Here are the instructions from the TSA:

Meat, seafood, and other non-liquid food items are permitted in 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 liquid is at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted. You also can pack frozen perishables in your carry-on or checked bags in dry ice. The FAA limits you to five pounds of dry ice in a properly ventilated package and marked.