Okay I was sitting awake last night thinking about my Elk trip this year. (6 nights 6 miles from the truck with me, my dad, and dad in-law) We are hunting in a unit that is any elk and any deer and all of us are shooting to fill freezer. So If we don't get anything we are doing something wrong. But I started thinking about meat care that far back and what would/should we do in certain situations? If we get one down do we hang it in the shade and how long can we leave it there if the temperature is X number of degrees? Do we put it in contractor bags and set in creek? Do we pack it out right away and drive the meat somewhere and come back later and finish our hunt? So I ask you guys what have you done in the past and what would you recommend for other guys to do? I know there are a million different scenarios that could happen just curious. BTW if it matters at all we are hunting 2.5 hours from our house and are processing our own meat. My father in-law got a meat grinder!! My Grandpa lives near us and would happily drive to the trail head with coolers full of ice and take meat where ever if we needed him too. I was thinking if we shot something on day one for instance. Anyway let me know your thoughts.