I'm not a trapper yet, but I plan to give it a try next year after learning what I can this year. I kind of stumbled into a fur bearing critter though, while rabbit hunting yesterday. I was with a couple of friends, hunting rabbits. It seemed to be a bad day for rabbits though. There was a fresh, heavy snowfall covering everything. We managed to shoot one, and that was all the bunnies we were to get for the day.
After lunch though, we tried again, and my buddy saw a flash of color in the dense brush. He thought it might be an eye or an ear of a rabbit, so he let loose with his 12 gauge. I saw white fur skittering away after the blast, so I figured he must have missed. I fired with my Remington 572 Fieldmaster, anchoring what I thought was a rabbit. I crawled into the brush to discover....... an Ermine.???
This is the first one I've ever seen in the wild, so I was intrigued to say the least. I hate to see an animal go to waste, so I started thinking about what I might be able to do with this weasel. Then it occurred to me: The pelt is likely just about the perfect size to make a pair of slippers for my new-born daughter.
I've never skinned an fur-bearing animal for the pelt though, so I took an on-line crash course and decided to wing it. Following are a few pics of the process so far.
I am open to suggestions, corrections, and help of any kind. I skinned the Ermine, cut off the feet, head and tail and stretched it on my workbench, pinned it and rubbed in a copious amount of non-iodized salt. I am not quite sure what to do next, but I'll be learning what I can as I go. Here are the pics: