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    so this is my first year trapping here in alaska after 7+ years trapping coon muskrat and beaver in the lower 48. any ways i finally caught an otter well two actually. my first alaskan land otter. ( my true first one was an incidental which i released unharmed due to closed season). does anyone have any tips on fleshing otters tail? that is the hardest part of the whole thing. i appreciate any advice available.

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    Congrats on your catch.

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    Check this link, it is agreat tutorial on otter pelting and tails, etc.


    Congrats, Im hoping to have my first otter tonight...



    http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbt...ing#Post530826

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    use a fleshing beam and a good fleshing knife like a knecker. i always cross hatched the otter fat down the tail with a knife so it would come off in cubes. this also makes the tail lay flat. otter tails are diamond shaped because of the two strips of fat that run down the sides. that is the area to slice or crosshatch. don't cut the leather just down to it. use sawdust to help get a grip on the fat. it also absorbs the grease that comes off. can't use too much sawdust, trust me. keep the grease off the fur. start at the base of the tail and push towards the tip of tail with the fleshing knife. i always pushed more down the fleshing board than against it if that makes sense. don't "pinch" the hide or push straight down on the knife. otter take time and elbow grease. good luck

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    congrats, I hate those little buggers (always ruining the fishing smelling rank and such)! how'd you catch em?
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Congrats on the otter well two otters,good luck

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    congrats on the catch

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    I want ta see pictures!!

    Andy

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