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 Post subject: Opossum legs
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2008, 08:56 
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I have skin from my opossum legs on my hide.
I cut skin all the way up to the hand.
should i keep those arms on or should i cut them off?

Also, the ears are on my hides should I cut them off?

Do you staple, nail, or not do anything to the top to the bottom lip.
It looks like they are touching besides just being stretched in pictures I was wondering if it was because of this.

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You can leave the arms on, it wont hurt anything. If they dont want them they can cut them off. I wouldnt leave any of the 'hand' part on though.

Leave the ears on.

I'm sure i completely understand your last question, but if I'm right about what you're asking, you should cut most of the bottom jaw fur off. If you arent sure about how much to cut off, once you get it stretched, cut it off so that the bottom jaw doesnt hang down.


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2008, 09:24 
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ok because i got the hole bottom jaw on both of them.
Should i cut the jaw before or after i stretched them?


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I've heard that you remove the bottom jaw(makes it easier for the buyer to tag) and keep the front legs short(at the elbow)they will be inside anyway, back legs are fine long. Some put an inspection window in the nipple area.
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what do you mean the front legs will be inside?


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I usually cut the 'chin' off when I'm skinning anything and leave it on the carcass, but if you're not sure how much to cut off, go ahead and stretch it and cut off what all hangs down.

Once the nose is on the tip of the stretcher and its stretched good, the mouth should have a nice oval shape with nothing hanging down.

Hang it upside down that way the arms arent touching the body, otherwise where they are touching wont dry out.

Also like pete said, make a window, cut a shallow V downward from the penis on a boar or the first set of teats on a sow.

If you are using wire, make sure it isnt rusty, that will make the fur slip on fur-out pelts and stain the fur on skin-out ones.

I wish I had a camera I'd take some pics for you. I hope to get one sometime before next season.


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can someone show me a pic of the V below the penis?


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I dont have a picture, but the point of the V is the penis, cut it off and use that hole as your start and just cut down to the bottom at an angle in both directions and when you're done it will look like a V. The angle would be less than 45 degrees but it isnt an exact science, the belly fur isnt worth anything, so make sure you're only cutting through belly fur. Leaving belly fur on wont hurt you as long as you have a window, but cutting off good fur will hurt you. When you stretch it it will look almost like a circle.


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when i make the v should i cut everything inside the so you can see the fur?


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i'm gonna start at the penis and make like half circles leading to the tail.
like the post in the archinves of fur handling
its a circle not a V for possum


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http://www.furharvesters.com/
Oposums are cased fur in there fore the front leg fur will be on the inside, this web site has a great pdf file on all furbearers
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It also has very usefull photos


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That should be fine. I always use a V and it will look like a circle or oval when you stretch it, but I dont see why using half circles would be a problem so long as you only cut belly fur.

yes you only cut the belly side, the reason you do this is so that once you stretch it there is a round hole in the belly side so you can see the fur on the back, the window. This is so the grader can get a good look at the fur.


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so the V after stretched looks like a circle?


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yup. cut the V before you stretch it and it rounds out when you do stretch it cause you're pulling the hind legs inward.


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http://www.furharvesters.com/PDF/pelthandling.pdf
look at this link
look at the possums
is that what it looks like after the v?


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yup


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how come there's no back legs on the possum?


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There are, but they are split open so they widen out and it kinda just looks like the bottom of the body. You pull it over the stretcher and run the tip of the stretcher right up through the mouth, then pull up on the nose and get the nose just over the tip, then get the inside edges of the back legs and pull them down and around to the front and pin them there for wood, or put the hooks in there on wire.

They wont look like long parts hanging down, just when you make your window, get the inside edges on the bottom and pull them downward and inward and pin or hook them right next to each other.


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2008, 11:09 
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huh?


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If this is your V:
........../\
........./..\
......../....\
.....+/......\+

Grab where the + signs are and pull down and in and tack or hook them right side by side:

...../\
..../..\
...(....)
..+|.|+

and you will have a round circle/ovalish window.

Sorry its really not hard at all, its just hard to explain. i think when you get in there and do it you'll be fine, its really not as complicated as I'm making it sound.


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2008, 11:25 
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do i tac both the legs together?


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no, you dont want them touching, but you want them close together, like how they are in the picture in that fur handling thing


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don't worry you'll get the hang of it after a few, just hang in there you'll do fine,
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what do i tack them to?
an old board or something?


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