Black bears are a unique big game animal due to the many ways they can be utilized. From their fat to their meat, very little goes to waste, making them a highly valuable and unique game. Over the years, I have set out to learn how to utilize as much of the animal as possible no matter the species. Black bear specifically has been a fun endeavor and one with many opportunities to learn.
Ways to Use Black Bear
The most obvious commodity is, of course, meat. With trichinosis, many hunters are hesitant to try black bears. However, prepared properly it is both nutritious as well as delicious. Throughout the year we eat a lot of ground bear and substitute nearly every meal that calls for beef.
Bear hide rugs are an obvious infatuation that many outdoorsmen and adventurers value. The incredible thing is that most bear hides are tanned into rugs making them used more than any other big game animal.
Historically, bear fat was always highly valued among the first frontiersmen. They would use it for trading and it was highly sought after for cooking, baking, and much more. Personally, I have just started rendering bear fat in an attempt to use as much of the bear as possible. The beautiful amber oil is surprisingly odorless as well as tasteless. I love that I can render many jars of bear oil that will last on the shelf for up to a year.
Claws and Teeth
Black bear claws and teeth are often sought after by primitive crafters and indigenous cultures. They also make an additional keepsake to cherish the memory of your hunt. I have used them to make necklaces as well as other crafts.
In what other ways do you use black bear?
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