The Iroquois women and children often gathered wild nuts, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and eggs. These wild foods were often eaten if meat was scarce. The Iroquois were one of the fist people who learned to tap maple trees for maple syrup. Meat was also a large part of their diet; it provided them with strength and allowed them to endure the harsh winters. The men were counted on to bring the tribe its meat. The men hunted a vast range of animals using bows and arrows to kill black bear, elk, deer, rabbits, and wolves. Like many indigenous groups the Iroquois did not waste any part of an animal. Often bones and other unwanted parts were made into tools, spoons, knives and other household items. Whatever the men brought back from the hunt was cooked by the women and shared among the whole village.