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Skinning for the fur market
« on: February 25, 2006, 01:27:19 PM »
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This method will work on about all fur-bearing animals with the exception of Beaver:

1.   Make cuts around all 4 legs at the ankles and wrists.




2.   Make a cut from the back of one leg to the other leg, going between the anus and the genitals.




3.   Pierce a hole behind the tendon of each back leg so you can hang your animal for skinning. (you can use ropes, a sturdy stick hung from a rope, etc...)










4.   Grasp the hide and pull the hide from the legs.





5.   When you have the hide pulled down enough, make another cut in front of the genitals-leaving them on the carcass. Then cut through the anus until you reach the tail bone-do not cut the tail bone away from the carcass.





6.   Here I use a trailor hitch pin to clip onto the tail. By grabbing the pin and pulling, it removes the bone from the tail. You can use pliars, etc… *On most animals other than cats and fox, you must make an cut on the bottom of the tail to remove the bone.








7.   Now grab the hide and pull it down the carcass as far as possible, usually to the shoulders.







8.   Between the arms, the skin is attached into an upside down V shape. Use your knife to follow the V shape in this area to avoid making holes in the hide.





9.   Once you have skinned out the V shape until you have an open area around the front leg, you can grab the legs and pull them out of the skin.






10.   Now all that remains on the carcass is the head. Take you knife and skin down until you reach the ears. You can feel the ears by placing your hand inside the fur part of the hide. Also the ears look a bit whiter than the surrounding meat. I have outlined the ears with a black marker for the pictures, cut closely into the direction of the skull to remove the ears.








11.   Next comes the eyes and mouth. When you skin down from the ears you will see the eye sockets. Just follow closely to the skull in this area. Also, just below the eyes, begins the mouth skin. Cut through this skin to expose the teeth.






12.   Now just follow the skull down and remove the bottom lip skin. When you reach the nose your hide should look like this




13.   At the nose, just cut through the cartilige to remove the hide from the carcass.


14.   Turn the hide fur side out, remove and blood or dirt, comb, and you can either dry and stretch-or freeze the hide in a freezer bag.





Now you are ready to make money off of your hide at your local fur dealer!   :twisted:


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Re: Skinning for the fur market
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2006, 07:48:25 PM »
That is really cool, LadyT! The pictures are most excellent, too. We use 2 nails for the tail pulling, but I like your idea better. O0  O0  O0
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Re: Skinning for the fur market
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006, 09:12:18 PM »
Yeah,. I used to split a green stick and use it to pull the tail. Never thought of using a tractor pin.
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