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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2007, 17:57 
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How far do you scrape the hide on a coon I got all the big chucks of fat and meat off. Do I keep on scraping off or do I jus wash and let dry? Thanks again!!!

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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2007, 18:00 
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All fat and meet must be removed from coon :( Coon hides seem to me to be very tough and you can really scrape pretty hard becareful on the belly around the nipples.

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Start by fleshing 5-6" all the way around the bottom. This way you won't have a ton of fat greasin' up the bottom of the fur.

Then start just below their ears (this is where you need a Necker-type knife with 1-side sharp). Most of the grissel is between the ears & shoulders, sometimes at the base of the tail also. This is the process most pelts are cut. Practice on the smaller/damaged ones....and know you'll damage a few yourself, just don't let it upset you....just part of it. And as mentioned, watch for the teets.

Once you get close to the shoulders, you should be able to push the rest of the fat off with the dull side of the knife. Once you reach a few inches from the bottom (where you fleshed at the beginning), the fat will fall off freely.

You don't want to scrape so far you see the hair follicles, you just want to remove any meat & fat (below the ears).

If mine need washed, I wash them with the spray nozzle & gargen hose after skinning them. I wring most of the water out of them, swing 'em around a few times by the nose, then hang overnight, fur-out) to dry. When you're ready to skin, toss 'em in the freezer 15 minutes before you skin, this will solidify the fat so it isn't as "oily", and will help it push-off easier.

Then it can go straight to the stretcher.

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PostPosted: 02 Jan 2007, 02:03 
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coon is the only fur I don't flesh and dry I don't like the greeeezzzy stuff although I really don't know how much more you get it may be worth the effort any one know the price difference.I have fleshed them but used a board and scraped it was a male so had no issues with cutting the nipple maby I should have posted this differently any ways I do agree about do the bottem first then back to the top and work down oh they are greezy.

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