I'm interested in trying them again...got kinda scared off a few years ago when I read about Triknosis in the meat (of uninspected scavenger meat) but love bear hunting ...they are tasty also
There is nothing that equals the feeling of a bruin within 30 yds or so and releasing a well placed arrow or shot. ( I think of them as ghosts as they can be sooo quiet eh)
Hospital says just fully cook the meat prior to chowing down like you should any wild meat....do you know of any tests prior to or during butchering..?
I try to hunt areas where the bear would be feeding mainly on vegetation such as apples and berries to minimize its need for dead critters but as always it is cooking the meat thoroughly that is the safe bet. I don't know of any tests to prove it one way or the other but always check the internal organs to see if the bears is otherwise healthy.
I hear that the bear population is really strong and growing (like most other remote/semi-remote in NS) around our cottage near Upper Musq. Unfortunately it will be at least another year before I'll be back there to hunt them...in the mean time I'll have to make do with the 7 deer tags we're allowed here in East Ontario. (By the way - love these new smiley thingeys)
Love some help if I could find a place to hunt...finding deer isn't a problem, finding access is. There's very little crown land around here and it's crawling with hunters. For example the last day (Sat) of last years season I arrived at the plot of crown land I was hunting and could see 6 hunters from the road - all staking out the same clearing. That didn't include the dozen or so others (judging by the trucks parked alongside the road) who were back in the bush a ways. The really scarey part was this entire patch of crown (public) land was only 100 acres. :shock: I just turned around and went home. Oh well.
This year I think I've got an in with a couple landowners in the area so hopefully it won't be quite so crazy.
7 Tags, terrible...just terrible I tell ya................ Just kidding...I know they are heavily populated up there...I have been hunting a farm north of Brockville the last 3 years and tags are plentyful, so are the deer (66a) I will miss them now that I am here in NS (not as plentyful here) I have seen some quality bucks however,,,,tests ones hunting abilities I guess eh....
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...