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    Black Bear organ meat

    A question for you experienced Black Bear eaters. Are there any health reasons to avoid eating the heart and liver? I would assume there is not but thought Iíd ask. I eat heart and liver of ungulates but Iíve never shot any Bears. I think this spring I will take up Black Bear hunting and maybe even shoot one.

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    Yes, I have eaten bear liver. It was delicious!

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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    The only concern would be the same one found on all carnivores, too high a concentration of Vitamin A. It's the reason polar bear liver is toxic, all they eat is meat. I highly doubt a black bear eats enough meat to raise concerns. No doubt they eat meat, but eat a lot more grass and berries.

    That being said, I can't stand liver so I will never know. Heart is delicious though.
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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    The heart is just a muscle so no concerns there. Vitamin A is the only other concern I'd know of, as mentioned by others.
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    Good info, thanks guys.

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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    Quote Originally Posted by mod7rem View Post
    A question for you experienced Black Bear eaters. Are there any health reasons to avoid eating the heart and liver? I would assume there is not but thought Iíd ask. I eat heart and liver of ungulates but Iíve never shot any Bears. I think this spring I will take up Black Bear hunting and maybe even shoot one.
    You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how delicious bear heart and liver are! The only thing I worry about is trichinosis and that's why I have yet to try bear heart or liver raw - I make sure to cook them well to kill any parasites.

    Good luck this spring
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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    You know, I eat just about everything off animals, moose and elk hooves, deer brains, tongues, I boil the heads down for soup, eat deer heart, kidneys, liver of course, spleen, lungs, and bear paws. But for some reason I can't eat bear organs. Tried the liver once and it was maybe because of the salal-berry diet, but I found it unpalatable.

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    I have yet to see a bear heart that wasn’t bloodshot jelly with a bit of a hole through the middle. Not a huge fan of liver, I don’t mind deer liver, but when the weather is warm and a spring bear tips over in front of me, I’m not concentrating on saving the liver, if you know what I mean.
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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    Quote Originally Posted by mod7rem View Post
    A question for you experienced Black Bear eaters. Are there any health reasons to avoid eating the heart and liver? I would assume there is not but thought I’d ask. I eat heart and liver of ungulates but I’ve never shot any Bears. I think this spring I will take up Black Bear hunting and maybe even shoot one.
    I wouldn't eat it, but if you're into that, pick a fall bear. Full of berries. Spring bear out of the den hasn't shat in 5 months. Livers a filter.
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    Not a Doctor, but research quinine.
    You can take vitamin D3 with tonic water. Tonic water has quinine in it. Schweppes actually has it right on the can "Contains Quinine". My understanding is, quinine is a derivative of hydroxychloroquine. Used by the British in Africa to prevent malaria, just like HCQ, (tastes like shit which is why they added gin). If you get a cold or the flu. Tonic water, D3, C and zinc.



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    Re: Black Bear organ meat

    I always eat the bear heart. I rarely eat a bear liver because I don't eat any liver. I want to smoke more bear meat this year. I will prepare it just like I do for pork. 160 degree internal temp and devour.
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