I will start off by mentioning that I’m very inexperienced, haven’t really had resources to learn, so I’m just going to try asking here.
Last fall I drove by a roadkill deer, and had been anticipating the opportunity to pick one up for salvageable food and bones. So I stopped, but realized I couldn’t lift the deer on my own, it was pouring rain, and I didn’t really want to attract too much attention (busy highway) especially from cops, since I’m not actually sure if this is legal in Indiana. So I ended up cutting off one of the front legs, threw it in a trash bag, took it home and skinned it, removed the meat, threw the meat in the freezer, and then had to decide what to do with the remaining leg bone. My parents have a huge compost pile in the backyard, so I threw it in there, thinking that maybe the beetles and scavengers would come and strip it.
So it’s been in there for a while, and now that I’ve finally remembered, I went out to go digging for it. It’s late now, so I’ll try again in the morning.
Anyhow, the question out of all of this is: will scavengers completely strip the bones or will I have to boil them as well? I’m imagining that I may have to boil them even if the remaining skin is gone, especially if there’s remaining cartilage. I’d like to eventually make tools from them, but in order that to work I need to find them, and get them clean (bare bone). So I’ll update tomorrow on what I find.
Thanks in advance for any help!