I am an old history major and I recall reading about bear lard in some frontier related journals. Evidently bear lard was highly prized for baking and frying and was a major part of keeping our pioneer ancestors fed. Also I have talked to a few old timers in northern Minnesota who recall their parents and grandparents use of bear lard. One gentleman said his mother made the best pie crust in the world with it! I think it is great when we take a step back into history with food.
I recently found a cookbook that takes recipes from the "Little House on the Prarie" series and actually makes them and adapts them to modern stoves. I bought it for my ten year old niece who is into cooking with her parents. I am excited to make a few things with her from it. It would be neat if bear lard is mentioned.
As always, Cowgirl's use of wild game is inspiring and looks amazing!