Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: Supply issues
If you have a hunter's association or gun club nearby, contact them and see if you can place an ad in their newsletter offering to buy gut piles from large game like deer, elk, and moose. You can also put ads in your local newspapers, Craig's List, and Freecycle group for the same thing.
During hunting season, I keep heavy contractor garbage bags in my car. Since I live in the edge of a national forest, I almost always have hunters parked along my road. Anytime I see one, I pull over, put on my best smile, and ask the hunter to pppllleeeaaassseee save me his gut pile if it's not too much trouble. Then I hand him a garbage bag and ask him to put the gut pile in the bag and leave it by the side of the road for me. This works for me because I am the only person who lives on my township road, so no one but me and the hunters typically drive down here. All I have to do is drive down the road every day and pick up any bags I see. This same tactic could be altered to work in other circumstances, though, esp. if you offer to pay a little for the gut piles, in which case the hunter may allow you to pick up the gut piles at his home or even bring them to you if he's hunting nearby.
As far as butchers are concerned, same thing. Offer to buy the organs that humans don't typically use - kidneys, spleen, testicles, lungs - and pick them up promptly when available. Butchers don't like this stuff taking up room in their freezers. If you're having difficulty finding cooperative butchers, call the larger farmers around your area and ask them who does their butchering. That'll give you the names of the busiest butchers who are most likely to have discard organs they'd be willing to part with.
If you're imaginative and persistent, I bet you'll be able to find those organ sources, and this is the best time of year to do it. Fall is both butchering and hunting season.