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PostPosted: 03 Feb 2008, 13:55 
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i have a few2 questions about fleshing beavers. first can u freze the hide nd flesh later. if so do u prefer it? wat if u cant freeze it then wat do u do?


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PostPosted: 03 Feb 2008, 14:28 
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This is my first year having an extra freezer and I love it. It is a time saver because I can catch more beaver at one time and process them later. It is 50/50 if it is easier to flesh them after being frozen or not. If you do freeze them make sure you are careful when fleshing them with a sharp knife because I found that holes just seem to show up. I found that after freezing them I can use a dull 2-handled knife for the fleshing process and that gets everything off. Even for the stubborn fat on a 50 pounder. I asked a similar question earlier this season and got some good responces. The link is below.

http://www.wild-about-trapping.com/foru ... php?t=1892


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PostPosted: 03 Feb 2008, 22:51 
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hunters33, it should be fine to freeze them. I'm going to post a fur care topic in another forum topic. Check that out and it should tell you all you need to know. I think you need to roll them from nose to tail before you freeze them. If you can't freeze then go ahead and flesh them. If you use salt then it will make you're fur value PLUMMET. My cousin had four huge beavers and sold them at the aution for 10 bucks a piece while others who didn't use salt sold them for 20 bucks average. He got a worse price than those who were selling them green.

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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2008, 10:35 
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If you freeze them do it skin-to skin (in other words, fold it in two, then freeze it). Makes them easy to stack that way too.

As far as fleshing, make sure the pelts are thawed before you flesh, like Fieldereast said, holes seem to show up if they are still a little frozen.

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