Yes, it will macerate faster if all the meaty bits are removed!
I’ve never had a problem with bones from the freezer. I think most standard household refrigerator/freezers aren’t cold enough to damage bone. I’ve also collected bones from outside frozen in snow and ice that were still structurally sound.
I’m sure bones frozen for long amounts of time may weaken, or begin to weaken when thawed. Perhaps it would depend on the condition of the bones when they went into the freezer.
hmm, i’m gonna do some research!
look everywhere! you’ll be surprised at what you find when you start looking. Cities are full of roadkill, sadly, but surely. You’ll often find rats, squirrels and more (depending on where you live). You want to look for places where wild meets danger : wooded areas near busy streets, fields near highways etc.
The beach often has bones too! Though be careful many bird and marine mammel bones are illegal to posess. Check with your state laws first, you can generally do that through the Fish and Wildlife Department or Department of Natural Resources. There are also several places online to find out what’s legal to collect state by state - there are links to them on the main page of this blog.
The wilderness : most of the bones i find are in rural or remote locations. Go for a long hike in the mountains! More wooded locations often have less people and more animals : you’ll find roadkill out in the country that’s very different than the city. I’ve seen skunk, coyote, deer and opossum often.
Hunter dumps are also a great place to look. You’ll find them at boat launches an along roadsides in between where hunting is allowed an the next major town. Basically they’re on the way home and they clean and dump the remains somewhere in between.
When looking for roadside hunter dumps look for rural pull-outs/turn outs that are covered in GARBAGE. No kidding here, if i see PILES of garbage dumped at a turn out i always check for bones. Super sad, but super true. These are going to be deer and elk bones generally - look for plastic garbage bags, that,s where the bones will be. Also, if you can try to pick up as much garbage as possible, its no fun but it’s an awesome thing to do. Kind of like thanking mother nature for letting you have the bones, and apologizing for the mess the hunter left behind.
hope that helps.
you can macerate a full animal, but it’s gonna get really Really gross. Picture something along the lines of rotten chipmunk stew. It will also take so long that even the chipmunk would get bored.
if you’re not comfortable removing the flesh, or at least the organs (no fault in that, its pretty intense the first few times) then burial would be a better bet.
A really great, easy way to do this is to get an old coffee can, the big old tin ones or the newer plastic ones will work great for this too.. but booo, boo plastic.
Carefully stab some holes in the sides, i’d say 5-10 at varying heights.
Fill it about 1/3 of the way up with dirt and leaves (bonus if you can get some bugs in there) then put the little poor little dead chippy in and cover it up with more dirt and leaves - Stuff from your compost pile/bin works great for this too!
Poke some holes in the lid as well an seal her up!
The holes encourage insects and bacteria to help break down the meat/fat/etc - without them you’ll just get a rotting pile of goooo that seems to defy the laws of decomp.
It’s also a good idea to moisten the organic material, if it wasn’t already damp.
- always wear gloves and a mask or a bandana around your face when dealing with dead stuffs -