Monday, October 3, 2011

A Yummy Surprise

Graphic image will follow.

We went out for dinner Saturday night.  Just Husband and I.  Bought diesel.  We were headed home and I was trying to figure out the fuel mileage when Husband swerved, and cussed, and "What the hell was that?"
I didn't see a thing.

He flipped around and headed back.  Somebody hit something.  Another truck was pulled over beside it.  We pulled in behind them.

Blood and guts were all over the highway.  Hot and steaming.

Yogi should know better than to play in traffic.

The people from the first truck were just curious onlookers.  We got to bring Yogi home.  He was pretty beat up, probably got hit by a tractor trailer,  a car wouldn't have been able to keep going after a hit like that.
His jaw was smashed, hanging out of his mouth.  His upper body was very limber, lacking bone structure, shoulders seperated.  His belly was ripped open, half of his rib cage missing, stomach contents spilled all over.
We tossed him in the back of the truck.
I gutted him (what was left) when we got home.  I couldn't find his large intestine, only one lung, no heart.  I sliced the pelvic muscles open.  The bone was already smashed.  Removed his penis.  I couldn't find the large intestine.  The boys strung him up in the garage.

It didn't dawn on me until the next day when I was skinning him- there was no large intestine.  There was no ass.  His entire rear end had been ripped off.

We'll get the meat off his legs, one side of his back (steaks) and front shoulder roasts for us.  Bits and pieces here and there for stew meat.  But a large portion of this little fellow will be going into doggie stew
Thanks to Mother Earth for this bountiful harvest.


  1. You are one amazing woman. I have decided I cannot dress a chicken, must less a bear. But, how do you know that this bear was not ill when he was hit?

    Congratulations on free food, I guess. LOL

  2. Thanks, Linda. They're all pretty much the same, just takes a bit of practice and a good teacher. (Thank you, Daddy, lol.)

    What reason do I have to assume it's ill? It was young, a good amount of fat, nice coat of fur, winter fur coming in nicely. There have been no news stories of any bear illness epidemics going on in the area. No reports in this year's hunting guide to suggest that bears should not be eaten.

    How do you know if the chicken you buy at the grocery store was healthy?

  3. me there. And, I do know they process sickly chickens and cows.

    Down here in the South, road kill is consumed regularly, especially if the person hit it or saw it hit or it was obviously very fresh.

  4. Wendy - you are my hero! and after catching up and reading through your previous blog entries - i am pretty sure that you would KNOW if the carcass was salvageable! good job on getting yogi home and dressed. hero!

  5. PP- exactly! There's far less risk in eating the wildlife sometimes. No, don't pick up something that's bloated and been sitting on the side of the road for a week, but a fresh kill is generally safe.

    Kymber- thanks again! It's nice to be appreciated, lol.


    that is exactly is what do do with viable roadkill! i am really impressed!