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 Post subject: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 10:43 
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doing otter, this is just the way i do it

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030190.jpg
laying flat on a table slit the tail from the anal area to the tip of the tail.About5 or 6 inches from tip of tail cut around tail bone so that you can get your fingers through and around tail bone. Then you can pull the leather away from tail bone

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030191.jpg
now you have to pull down and in most cases you can pull right to the base of tail

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030192.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030193.jpg
now at this point cut around both legs just behind the paws

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030194.jpg
then hang from one leg and make a cut from one paw to the anal area and across and up to the other paw

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030195.jpg
now you can skin out one leg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030196.jpg
switch legs for hanging and skin the other leg out. Now you can skin all the way down to the front feet. Once i get down there skin out the legs

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030197.jpg
After i have the legs skinned out just take a knife and cut around the leg. You can also cut around the front leg before you pull your fur down , what ever you find easier



http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030198.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030200.jpg
Now just skin to the head and remove pelt

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030201.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030203.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030204.jpg
when doing otter on the beam you have to wet the beam or wet your otter, this will help stop you from causing singe to the pelt. This is a critical step that should be done. I just put some snow on the beam to show that i have wet the beam

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030206.jpg
when i start at the head area i use a knife to flesh down just always as it is hard to start with the fleshing knife

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030207.jpg
I just use a teflon scraper that i made up and it works well on otter. If the otter is tough going then i will switch over to my steal flesher but will have to be more careful as not to cut the hide

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030208.jpg
when i get to this point in the fleshing i will use sawdust to help prevent grease going onto the fur when i finish the final 6 or 6 inches of fleshing

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030209.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030210.jpg
now the otter is fleshed and now i go onto the tail part


I cut the fat from the center of the tail out to the edge on both sides. You do not have to go down very far, then just slice cross ways. This will help make the start of fleshing the tail easy.
http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030212.jpg
put sawdust on . you don't want to roll that grease and oil onto the hide

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030214.jpg
Here i angle my scrapper and do one side of the tail

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030215.jpg
now put more sawdust on and do the other side

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030216.jpg
when you get to this point you can flesh straight down the tail now

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030217.jpg
your tail is done it should look like this

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030218.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030218.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
now put on board. You can notice by using the sawdust that there is no grease on the fur


[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030219.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030219.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
i use 4 pins to start the tail. make sure your otter is even across the board at the base


[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030222.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030222.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
next pin i go down about 3/4 of an inch and push into hide, then i pull it up and outward and pin. this will bring your tail up and out to creat the wide short tail which gives more fur density to your base end of otter

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030221.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030222.jpg
do a few pins on one side then switch and do a few on the other side. it should begin to look like this

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030223.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030223.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
tail looks like this when done

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030224.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030224.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
now we move onto the belly side pin you legs to the board

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030225.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030225.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
here we are making the inspection window bigger, take your knife and cut up and over to the center about 5 inches

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030226.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030226.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
when you cut down the other side it should look like this

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030227-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030227-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
now we move to the leg holes and trim the legs

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030228-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030228-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
looks like this



[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030229-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030229-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
leg holes pinned

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030231-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030231-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
insert your belly board all the way up to the nose. If you do not use a belly board you will not get your otter off the board when it dries

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030230-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030230-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
remove the lips


[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030233-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030233-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

[URL=http://s872.photobucket.com/user/wolf1199/media/P1030234-1.jpg.html][IMG]http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/wolf1199/P1030234-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
finished otter


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 10:45 
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good job! very professional! nice catch

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Very nice looking job.. :D


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 11:13 
Great Job Wolf... I hope to someday get to try this :P


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 13:10 
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This is a well done tutorial Wolf....thanks so much. I hope you don't mind, I have made it a "sticky" and it will remain at the top of this thread for others to check out as they catch their otter. Maybe some day you will explain your fleshing knife. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 14:06 
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that is fan-dam-tastic....i learned alot! thank you wolf!!!

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 16:11 
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I really appreciate your post.
Pictures and explanations were very clear.


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 19:12 
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That will definitely help. Hearing it I understood what to do pretty well, but seeing it makes it just a little bit clearer. Thanks Wolf!

We might get to try another otter this weekend. We are setting for a couple more otter in the same area that we caught the last one :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 20:01 
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That is a great job on that otter Wolf! Otters are protected in Pennsylvania for now but if I ever get the chance at one I'll have to remember this post.

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 10 Dec 2011, 01:16 
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Great Post! Very informative!

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Awesome post, I have an Otter tag this year and will be setting for one soon and you just answered every question I may have had
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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 11 Dec 2011, 16:03 
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very nice demonstration! definitely archive worthy


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 11 Dec 2011, 21:06 
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Thanks everyone. Swamp Rat had asked earlier about posting how i do my otter tails, i just never got around to making a post on this.When Jase sent a pm on how to do the otter tail i tried the next evening to tell Russ about how to go about it over the phone. I'm not good at explaining so when i picked up a couple otters the next day i decided to try and do a step by step procedure. Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words and i don't think i could have explained it enough with out pics. I hope that some of this will help at least a little. The otter tail can also be done the normal way (long). When i get more time i will fill you in on my teflon flesher that i use.Thanks again everyone for your kind remarks.


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Excellent post!!!


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 12 Dec 2011, 22:58 
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Great tutorial Wolf! Thank you! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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nice work good looking pics :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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very nice, clean, well handled fur. You should be proud of your work, it show lots of respect for the animal.

Thank you for taking the time to put the tutorial together. It should go in the archives in addition to having the sticky.

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Nice job.

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Excellent tutorial Wolf :--D That must have taken some time putting all that together, either way nice job :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Actually it took me longer to down load the pics and re-size and transfer to photobucket then it did to skin flesh and put on the board


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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
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Great walkthrew Wolf, if I ever luck into an otter you can bet I will be lookin this one up :D

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I did up an otter last night and used some of your tips. Mine didn't turn out as nice as yours but I'll keep trying. :)

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Very nice pictorial and well done. Thanks for sharing.

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WOLF, I'd like to share with you and the others on here that one "little" improvement that I had overlooked for years while fleshing otters came to light while viewing your tutorial. Just "a pin" in the tip of the tail allowed me to flesh the tail without it slipping off the beam and me making and unwanted cut in it! Surprising how little hints can help. Also the "cubing" of the side fat on the tail makes it easier to flesh. Thanks.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29 ... InTail.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: doing up otter
PostPosted: 25 Dec 2011, 21:38 
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Swamp Rat wrote:
WOLF, I'd like to share with you and the others on here that one "little" improvement that I had overlooked for years while fleshing otters came to light while viewing your tutorial. Just "a pin" in the tip of the tail allowed me to flesh the tail without it slipping off the beam and me making and unwanted cut in it! Surprising how little hints can help. Also the "cubing" of the side fat on the tail makes it easier to flesh. Thanks.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29 ... InTail.jpg


Some times the littlest thing can help make it easier.What you have shown was after i had put on the board and was just pinning the tail to start pinning the base end.

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab28 ... 030216.jpg
This is a better pic when it was on the beam. One thing that i had forgot to mention was after you have the otter boarded you remove the lip.
Swamp if you like i could send you a teflon scraper. They work just great on otter tails as you can press as hard as you want and will not cut into the tail. It is also good for fleshing fox,lynx,fisher and maybe even coon.


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