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Keep the dressed game cool and free of insects. If you’ve quartered the animal, pack the quarters in ice chests—don’t process the deer beyond quartering until you reach your final destination. Be sure to keep proper “evidence of sex” if required by your game laws.

Loading bagged deer in back of pickup truck
When transporting game, be sure to keep it covered to avoid offending others.

Most hunters take their game to a commercial meat cooler, where a typical white-tailed deer can be properly aged up to three or four days at 40° Fahrenheit.