How To Use EVERY Single Part Of An Animal
Bones and Antlers
Bones are another major part of a carcass that is often thrown away. This is a real shame because bones are extremely versatile. First and foremost, bones can make excellent soup stock regardless of whether it’s an old hen or an elk. Depending on your preferences, you might want to experiment with this a bit. Bone marrow can also be harvested and used in your food.
If you enjoy crafts and working with your hands, use bones and antlers. Some bones are stronger than antlers, so choose which you use carefully based on the project. Bone can be used to make needles or awls, knives, knapping tools, fish hooks, flutes, arrowheads, jewelry, buttons and so much more. Antler is so similar in nature that you can carve it and make the same items as you would with bone.
You can also compost bones or take the extra step to grind it up as bone meal. This type of fertilizer is amazing for gardens and doesn’t cost you a thing. Don’t forget about Fido. Dog-safe bones (uncooked!) can be a great treat.
Offal includes organ meat and entrails. The use of organ meat really depends on whether you enjoy eating it or not. It is a food that people either love or hate. Before eating ANY organs, please check with a local wildlife department and see if there are any known parasites or illnesses in area. If you are ever in doubt, don’t eat it.
Organ meat like the liver, kidneys, pancreas and heart is a real delicacy in some areas. Save those for yourself if you enjoy them. Otherwise, they can make excellent dog food or an addition to compost. Though it is somewhat wasteful in a sense, tossing out offal into the woods away from residency will allow scavengers in the area to get a meal.
Intestines can be used for sausage skins if they are thoroughly cleaned and dried. You can also twist and dry them for use as cord. Some people use the stomach or bladder for water storage after being processed properly.