What size cooler to use for your next hunt?

Cooler size is a very important decision. All photo credits: Brady Miller

We've all asked ourselves this question before, "what size cooler do I need to fit an antelope, mule deer, or elk in?" A lot of thoughts and decisions go into that important question.

The "offseason" is the perfect time to evaluate your gear needs and a cooler is a great thing to look at upgrading or maybe even just deciding what size you need.

In the below video, Randy Newberg helps us answer that question as he goes over his recommendations for different cooler sizes for different hunts.



  • Antelope: at least 55 quarts
  • Mule deer: 75 quarts (boned out) or possibly 105 quarts
  • Elk: a total of 200 quarts in different cooler combinations (boned out)

Note: If you want to add a cape, you might need more volume.

For me personally, I use a 105-quart YETI cooler for all my mule deer hunts and if I have the room, I'll bring a 75-quart cooler in case I take a bonus animal like a fall bear or even a wolf in states that allow me to pick up a tag

Also, if you've ever been curious about soft-sided coolers, be sure to check out this article here. I dive into ways I've used a soft cooler when flying to hunting destinations.

We sell a lot of YETI coolers, so be sure to check back often as we get more in stock.

In the meantime, learn more about YETI coolers here


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