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"What are you going to do with all that bear fat? ...

Eat it. And, use it for bark tanning, leather conditioning, salve making, soaps and lotions, achy joints and teaching folks about rendering.

"You can't eat that. It's like eating a racoon!" Said one of the hunters that stood by watching the local butcher skin his over 400 lb black bear. I am pretty sure that he took the life of that bear for sport and maybe just the skin and probably threw all that meat away. Which is a part of this that I struggle with emotionally and spiritually sometimes.

Will there be rice?

"Have you found any Wild Rice, yet?"

That's the common question around here these days.

I have been out scouting in every corner of Minnesota and the reports seem to be true: this isn't a good year for the wild rice in Minnesota.

Check out this article:
I am not sure how the Wisconsians are fairing. But, I haven't talked to much of anyone in Minnesota that has found a decent rice bed.
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