fleshing and cleaning tips
Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:20 AM
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:16 PM
I can't say that I have ever hit a tooth while skinning but I would imagine they aren't knife friendly.
What?! You kidding me? You must be one skilled skinning ninja! I hit teeth and the skull when I get down to the front of the snout sometimes, or when going to get the front jaw portion of fur off of muskrats. Guess when I get that far down on the pelt maybe I hurry so I can get on to the next one!
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:15 PM
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:17 AM
Coyotejon, I'm not sure of what size knife you use when skinning but I pocket knife with a short thin blade. I could see a larger knife bumping into teeth. Who knows maybe I do bump the teeth and just don't notice it. I will have to pay better attention to that next time.
The knife I use for coon really is a little big, and I am sure that's part of the problem. My rat knife is just a little one but the way I skin them I actually kind of run the knife down their top two teeth on purpose then slide my knife under the top jaw to loosen the top jaw and nose up. My coon knife is really nice. It's a "Sog", and the blade is covered in that black stuff(I'm not a very knowledgeable knife guy) so it's waterproof or something. Bottom line is that blood doesn't stick to it. It's awesome but like I said it is a little big for the job, and you're right Mick, that's probably why I hit the teeth!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:38 AM
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:26 PM
It works for me. Make sure you rinse them well. I have tried both the tub or a machine. Machine is just a little more time friendly for me. After washing I like to let the fur dry before I put mine on a stretcher. I stretch my furs inside out for a day or two before I turn them fur side out. I let the fur air dry so the moisture is not trapped on the inside. Others don't stretch their furs inside out from the start. I have tried this and they have turned out fine. Borax does a good job of cleaning the fur and makes them soft and fluffy. Hopefully this makes sense.
So after skinning an fleshing can I wash the hide in the tub in cold water with borax
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:38 PM
Coyotejon, If you plan on selling any bobcats, using borax is the only way to go. Id recommend getting Mercer Lawing's Dvd "Top Dollar Cat$$$"
For sure... cleans em up so good you don't even want to sell them when you're done!
Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:55 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:32 AM
Once I have skinned the coyote, I will wash them in the washing machine, with woolite, and then ring them out real good. Then I will flesh them on a my fleshing beam, fleshing them after you wash them helps to get some of the excess water out of them. Just remember that when you are fleshing them you are trying to roll or scrape any meat or fat off of the hide, not cut it off, and if you decide to wash them make sure that the tail is split all the way to the end, otherwise water will collect inside of it and it will rot, causing it to fall off. I have used borax on coyotes before, and I always use it on red fox and bobcats. When I use it I generally rub it into the flesh side of the pelt, after I flesh them and then put them on the stretcher fur side out, and leave them till they are dry. Everybody does it a little different, this is just the way I have found that works for me. One more thing is that if you decide to wash them in the washing machine, either do it when your wife isn't home or downtown at the laundry mat, otherwise you might be sleeping in your fur shed
Nice tip, especially the wife part..
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