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 Post subject: drying hides
PostPosted: 22 Dec 2006, 22:35 
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How do y'all dry your hides? And how fast does it usally take?

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I use a wood stretcher ( wire one seem to make the skin stick) and turn the animal skin out or fur in and let it dry for one day ( its really warm here at 3000 feet above sea level in a desert climate) and then i turn it fur out or skin in and let it finish drying when its done feel the inside it will feel like paper and you'll know its ready to sell!! this is what i do for bobcats foxes and coyotes but i dont know about water type animals they may be different Hope this helps


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 Post subject: how i do it
PostPosted: 23 Dec 2006, 00:14 
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i do the same but i use wire stretchers for water critters and some smaller fox. i dont even stretch coon.

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I do mine exactly the same way as BobCatKing does, works well for my fox and coyotes. I use wire forms on the few rats I manage to catch as well as my mink, skin side out you will know when they are ready. I sell all my coon in the grease, the difference in price here isnt worth the extra work. If im holding my coons a while i just wrap them well in old news paper, then into a trash bag and into the freezer, works for me hope it helps you.:D


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PostPosted: 24 Dec 2006, 23:31 
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ya i dont flesh them either because its just wastin money. coons tend to fight and rip themselves up alot so if u flesh them you will be able to see the holes and marks on em n definatly get marked down for that.

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PostPosted: 25 Dec 2006, 09:19 
I use wire for everything except beaver. I flesh all animals completely, except rats and mink which you leave the saddle of meat on the back on. I then bathe the fleshed hides to remove grease, mud, burrs, and wring them out. I put them on the stretcher fur out for 4 hours while they dry. Then I flip them fur in and put them downstairs in the wood-stove room for 24 hours with a fan, wiping them once. That's all it takes for my coons, and then they can come off the stretcher. For foxes and yotes, it's 8 hours, and then they get flipped fur out.

In just a dry room with a fan going for circulation, coons and the like will be ready in 3-5 days.


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PostPosted: 25 Dec 2006, 09:58 
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bagman 14 wrote:
ya i dont flesh them either because its just wastin money. coons tend to fight and rip themselves up alot so if u flesh them you will be able to see the holes and marks on em n definatly get marked down for that.


Not true....if you aren't making more money for puttimg-up your fur, odds are you need more practice at it, and you may be putting the holes in it yourself.

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PostPosted: 25 Dec 2006, 19:38 
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do you lose the fur without using a tanning oil?? just wondering never done any tanning or drying?


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Out of all the coons I have skinned(not many) The only holes I found were the ones I made. :roll: :x

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Properly fleshed and dryed the fur can last for years. Just keep them from moisture and mice, and bugs.

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Are ya'll washing the hides with regular dish soap?

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I use Dawn because it's mild.


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