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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 11:29 
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Well we had 2 beaver Saturday morning. That's our first multiple animal morning. On was 45 pound and one was 36 pounds. They seemed huge! I can't imagine a 60 pounder. We skinned them both and tried our first fleshing job. We really struggled around the legs and head. I don't think we got near enough off at the head. But it was a learning experience. Hope to do better on the next one. We boarded it but don't have any beaver board patterns yet. My son just want to tan this one anyway since it is the first one we fleshed.

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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 11:31 
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Any advice on cleaning around the head would be appreciated!!


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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 12:20 
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Actually your fleshing and boarding don't look too bad for a first time. I amazed no other real holes than the legs.

I think wolf has a beaver fleshing & boarding tutorial in one of the old threads. Perhaps he remembers which thread and year. It was either in his yearly trapping journal or a stand alone picture spread. Try searching for this threads.

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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 12:45 
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Congrats on the first multiple catch! Most of our firsts on this board i bet were 2 possums. For a first fleshing job you did great. Hard to tell with pics but maybe a little more around the head? But.. If your going to tan it that'll all come off after the salt soak and fleshing, again. Are you going to tan it yourself? Those are average to maybe top of the scale average weight beavers for the Midwest. 40+ lbers are starting to get some age on them and in heavily trapped areas a couple of years to 3 or so is the norm for lifespan/longevity. I dont know if we'll even trap any beaver this year but id hazard a guess and say about one in every 25 beaver of ours surpass 45 lbs. i think we only had 2 last year over 40lbs. I think my iournal from last year was lost in the relocation. I know we had a good number of 20-30lbers in a row.

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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 12:50 
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Yes, very good for first attempt. I remember swiss cheese with less holes then my first one. Beavers can be a tough critter to master putting up. I think you are well on your way though. Congrats on your first double.

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Congrats guys. Well done

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Congrats on your first double! Practice makes perfect and your well on your way. :wink:

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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2014, 19:36 
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Nice double catch and a lot of work behind you. I think beaver are about the crappiest animal to flesh for me. Tough gristle covers some parts and other areas are so fragile that it makes a female grinner pouch seem tough. :lol:
I bet you'll be proud of that wall hanger for years to come. As far as fleshing the head, if you have a necker knife or other fleshing knife with a sharp edge, go slow and easy and get as much as you can off with it. Then you may have to cut off a bit around the ears and eyes with a sharp pocket knife just to clean it up further. Whether you're tanning it yourself or sending off to Moyle, you'll want it as clean as possible.

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Hope this helps


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PostPosted: 15 Dec 2014, 09:12 
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Thanks for all the kind replies.

Backwoodsman-Yes we will tan it ourselves. My boy has tanned some small hides and my brother is an amateur taxidermist.

Wolf-Thats a great tutorial. Learned a lot just quickly looking at it this morning. Thanks!


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PostPosted: 15 Dec 2014, 10:26 
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Thats neat Hoosier. Its quickly becoming a dying art. I have a exes nephew thats an aspiring taxidermist. I think he went to school in Minnesota? We do quite a bit of tanning some years. Hope you catch many more specimens to tan..

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way to go on the flat tails

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