Most of the work starts after the shot! It is a lot of work pulling a large animal out of the woods, skinning, and butchering it. Late nights for me this bear season after carefully skinning and quartering bears; going to sleep well past midnight.
Yes, we did keep all of our bear skins, as well as use all of the meat! We didn't keep the hides because we are 'trophy hunters', but because we are utilizing every bit of the animal. So what if a bear rug reminds us of all of the hard work, it also honors that animal.
I share pictures like this because in the not so distant past, it was the norm, to see how food was processed. It's only been recently that people have become so detached from the blood, sweat and tears that go into food procurement. If people were more involved, they would have much more respect for animals, land, farmers, hunters, gardeners, gatherers, fishermen etc...
After all of this work, I didn't gain any weight despite my cheating on my diet; big time. Celebratory beers; bacon, eggs, candy, and chocolate can't compete with the calorie burn of hunting!
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