Though it may not look like it, what you see in this photo is about 200 pounds of elk meat, fresh off a United flight from Portland to Denver. Whenever possible, I try to drive to any big-game hunt, mostly to ease the trouble and cost of getting everything, including meat and antlers, home. Unfortunately, my schedule this time didn't allow it, and I was forced to fly to Oregon, then catch a ride with a friend to Opal Butte Outfitters near Heppner. Lucky for me, Opal Butte had a walk-in cooler where I could hang my bull for a few days before processing it, and a couple of freezers with room for my cut-and-wrapped meat. From there, I followed these tips for ensuring I got all of my meat on the plane ride home.