I use a very large barrel cut in half which takes deer up to fallow, the reds get placed on a tarpaulin.
The barrel is a great bit of kit, if your not stalking it takes all the dirty wellies/fishing nets/fish etc
I use the Garland Titan gravel tray available for garden centres for about £15. It works ok for Roe and say Fallow prickets and does, although the tray is not strong enough to lift single handedly once it has a good size carcass in it..
Big blue toy box with a red detachable lid from Homebase - the lid's very handy where the box is visible from outside the car. Takes two roe easily and have had fallow prickets in it (1 at a time) but it didn't do the handles any good
I dropped into Homebase last week and picked up a “Mixing Tray” for £14.
Its great, almost totally fills my boot and fits Munties in no problem.
However, a word of warning – After a successful Sunday morning stalk I lifted it out of the boot with 3 Muntjac in it and half way across the yard the bl**dy thing broke and crashed to the ground. Managed to salvage it with good old duck tape. Just annoyed I broke my shiny new carcus tray within it’s first week!
I use the 53 litre to store the deer, with a 26 litre on top to hold my stalking kit and act as a cover when in the car. I have the bottom on a bread tray cut out to fit in the bottom of the meat tray in order to raise the carcase and allow the blood to drop through.
I can transfer the carcases from the car to the larder, butcher the deer, storing the cuts in the meat tray for final preparation (yes, I wash it first).
I bought mine locally, so saved on the delivery costs, but if people could group together then a bulk buy would make it more viable.
I've been loking at some fish boxes which can certainly take the weight and have a drain system here: http://www.craemer.de/index.php?id=172&id_db=68&L=1
Trouble is the company is in Germany! They do loads of other huge plastic boxes too. Anyone know if there is a UK supplier of such 'fish crates'.?
When I first started stalking I used a large fish crate..I was on holiday in Hastings and there was loads lying around where the fishing boats moored in the harbour and all I did was offer one of the fisherman a fiver for one..
The boxes are very strong, but what I didn't like was that because of the mouldings on them and their general shape, there was much less usable space inside them than their exterior size suggested. They were ok with Roe but i was never happy trying to cram a Fallow in them...
for get the shipping
if you want to invite me up for a few days to help fill your larder
i will take the crates of your hands for free and save on the shipping costs
if you don't ask you don't get
stone (cheeky blighter)