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Originally posted by JJTHEFETT
If you come across a carcass of any kind, first you need to try and figure out how it died. If natural (old age, a predator, starvation, heat exhaustion) it will be relatively safe. Three things you will check are the eyes, the smell and if there are insects present.
The first to check is the smell, this one is pretty self explanatory. If it smells rotten, it is.
Insects: If ticks are present or still attached, then it's pretty fresh. Flies, beetles, or maggots then it's a few hours old at least.
Eyes: If the eyes are still intact and clearly visible, these are good signs of a fresh kill. If they are cloudy and dull or "smoked" then it's been dead for several hours.
Also, there are a few types of tree bark you can eat during the winter. There's a video on YouTube about it. I think Dave Canterbury does it.