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Title: Skinning an Alligator / Cleaning an Alligator
Post by: gatortrapper on September 19, 2008, 05:49:40 PM
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Here are the tools you will need  bleach , soap, a scrub brush a few different knifes and also a spoon or scraper to flesh the hide


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First spray the gator with bleach then rinse . Put the gator in a cooler for 24 hrs. Take gator out and scrub him with soapy water and bleach to remove algae and any bacteria

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Put gator up on table and begin making your outline cut with short bladed knife. You want to leave one row of scutes  (the rough part of the back panel } for the tanners to use while tanning

here is the back of the gator note all leg cuts are on the top of the legs

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Follow along top edge of tail until you get near the tip of the tail  then leave the last 6 to 8 inches intact

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Remove back panel with an upward motion of your knife so you dont remove meat with back panel. The Back panel has no value unless you want to save the bony scutes that are in it

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The tail portion you left intact needs to be split so the tail bone isnt left in the hide

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Begin working hide down evenly along the length of the gator

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when working under its legs leave some skin attached at the ankle so its easier to skin under its legs . The armpit area is easy to cut accidentally




Once hide is worked down evenly on both sides flip gator on its back

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Be careful around ribs and vent area so you dont cut the hide

this is what you should end up with

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Once hide is removed scrape or pressure wash (Carefully) to remove any meat from hide then salt with UNiodized salt.

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Fold then roll hide up start by folding in chin then legs and roll it tightly from its head towards its tail and keep hide at 36 degrees for storage

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Now comes the part I like the meat! I just remove feet then legs and  begin removing muscle groups .

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All meaty parts of the gator are tasty my favorite is the jowls and tenderloin but the legs are tasty BBQed




I will show you where a gators tenderloin is it starts at the hind leg on the under side of the tail

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Remove all meat dont cut into gut cavity ! An Alligator has lots of bacteria in its stomach and can ruin the meat just by spilling fluids on it. Also remove fat and scar tissue in meat

This is what you should end up with. I got about 12 lbs of good meat of that 5 1/2 ft gator

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Enjoy its tasty fried O0

Title: Re: Can you post this in the critter cleaning section? Skinning a Gator
Post by: Ks_Sniper on September 19, 2008, 08:11:40 PM
I'm pretty certain this would make a nice addition to the critter cleaning section. Send the whole thing on over to GP and he'll make sure it's put up all nice and perty. O0
Title: Re: Can you post this in the critter cleaning section? Skinning a Gator
Post by: Big58cal on September 22, 2008, 11:54:35 AM
I'm pretty certain this would make a nice addition to the critter cleaning section. Send the whole thing on over to GP and he'll make sure it's put up all nice and perty. O0

Got'er taken care of. O0  Thanks for the work Gatortrapper!!!  O0
Title: Re: Skinning an Alligator / Cleaning an Alligator
Post by: John Andrews on July 26, 2009, 02:24:59 PM
  :shock:  O0 That's awesome, gator! Fantastic looking hide and great looking meat!
Title: Re: Skinning an Alligator / Cleaning an Alligator
Post by: Gutpiles on March 16, 2011, 09:39:49 PM
Skinning a gator - back to the top.