I had never noticed this before. bear fat is supposed to be great for making pie crust. I did render some down once but not to oil. It set up when it cooled. Took bird seed and filled a small dish with it and made feeder blocks for the winter with it. Had to keep them frozen or they would melt. Did the same with deer fat. Thing I noticed was that melting it, some seperated but most the fat stayed in a lump. Just left it on till it all melted.
My dad made up a boot dressing using deer fat, kerosene, and bees wax. I am not just sure of the proportions but he would heat it over a burner in a old coffee can. Then to apply we would have to reheat it and then either use a old paint brush or rag to put it onto our boots that were warmed near a open oven. We would then sit the boots back near the oven to keep everythiing warm until the leather had absorbed the dressing.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.