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    Default Hey MT....

    Your making snares threads were really good. Would you (or anyone else) mind starting a thread regarding how to properly skin/dress furbearers? Photos would be great as well.

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    I second that!
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    Default Skinning

    Mr MUD a few years ago I picked up a video that adfg put out on skinning. I feel it showed water fur to marten to big preditors. It seemed like a pretty informative tape showing how to get the most for a hide. I would call and see if they are still available.
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    Thanks for the compliments Mud. Just think, a couple weeks ago this place was going to be better off without me.
    I've heard about the video ironartist mentions, but haven't seen it. See if it's still available. It will probably help more than anything on this forum can do. Might talk to a furbuyer also, if there's any around those parts. Also, look at the tanned furs, like foz, at someplace like Alaska Fur Exchange. He might have case skinned furs that are tanned still cased.
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    Default Mutual respect....

    On some things we will just have to agree to disagree (such is life) )

    I will look for the video. Are there any tricks of the trade, improvised tools, or absolute do's/don'ts you (or others) could mention? I haven't done any trapping since I was in high school and then I had a neighbor helping me with the skinning process. Neighbor is long gone and I don't have any buddies around here who have experience trapping so it will be a learning curve getting back into it. I just don't want to screw up an animal if my daughter and I are lucky enough to find one.

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    Default Hides

    If you get any preds big or small give me a call I will show you what I know about peeling the hide off. I am just off Church road and Pitman. Hours of operation 24/7, unless hunting
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    Default fish and game video

    THe fish and game video is pretty good, but by far the best way to learn is to have someone teach you. It is not real hard if you are already a hunter.

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    Hey Jon,how many fox are you up too?I'm at 13 rats and one cross fox.Going up to Talkeetna to check some marten and coyotes sets tomarrow.Going up Tuesday to the lake to look for sign.Looks like I got cats again this year!

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    I am getting a late start, I have not been in the village since the opener. I am going to get about 40-50 sets out this weekend though, I should have fox stacked up too the roof by next weekend. It is always nice trapping the young dumb ones early

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    Young dumb ones is correct. All 4 that I've caught have been young ones.

    Here are a few tips on fox.

    Use your knife to only make the initial cuts on the back of the back legs to the top of the vent, and on the inside of the front legs. You should be able to peel the rest of the hide off (turn it inside out) until you get to the ears and eyes. Be very careful, fox hides are very thin.

    Be sure to split the tail. If it doesn't dry properly, it will fall off.

    I recommend the Fur Handling Video from Alaska Trappers. It shows pelting, fleshing and boarding most furbearers in Alaska. It also shows how to clean skin a beaver and board it. Very informative.

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    I second what Kusko said.Be very careful when pulling the hide downward around the belly,it tares easily!

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    Default skinning

    Yes fox and cats tear sometimes too easy it isn't like being able to put a knee into a coyote hide. The only question I got for Kusko is why do you cut down the inside of the front legs, I always case skin fox for the fur buyer I don't bother skinning the feet out is that why you cut down the inside of the the front legs to save the front feet?
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    Default I do the same thing

    Hopefully I will have some fox in the sets in the morning and i will take photos as I skin so you can get a good pictorial.

    Ironman I don't know what you are doing to get the front legs out but you may find it easier to do it kusko's way. Go around the knee joint with the knife, and then slit it up half way to the body. THen peel it away from the body working your thumbs under the hide. then you can grab the front leg shoulder and pull it back through the hide. It works slick. I can skin a fox in 5 minutes using kusko's method.

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    Default Inside front leg cut

    I too am curious about the front leg cut. I was trying to picture it but didn't quite understand. I take mine right down to the toes almost to the nails and clip. But this no way turns out to be a 5 minute critter when I do it. I'm kinda slow

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