I know this has come up before but after my recent experience i had to bring it up again. last Saturday i popped a young brownie (about 6.5ft sq). I wasn't looking for a monster just something to throw over the back of a couch and the kids can roll around on. well this bear had no smell to it at all, neither the meat or the hide. we decided to try a chunk of the backstrap expecting it to be similar to black bear. I was some of the most mild game I have ever eaten. If I were to compare it to another game I would have to say early season blacktail. we even had two kids, 10 and 12, with us and they were very picky eaters and they devoured it. I harvested the rest of the backstraps and the two hind quarters. I suspect the prime meat has a lot to do with that this was a young bear and it most likely just poked its head out of his den. So next time you skin out a brownie give that meat a smell test and if itís not bad fry up a little, you might be pleasantly surprised.