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fox with green belly #1664990
12/17/09 10:51 AM
12/17/09 10:51 AM
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i caught a red fox a day or so ago...the fox has been kept in a fridge... i skinned it today and its belly has a greenish tint... is it ruined ??? anything i can put on it to make it go away ???


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Re: fox with green belly [Re: Bandit 12] #1664994
12/17/09 10:54 AM
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not that I know of,get it frozen or put it up asap.

Re: fox with green belly [Re: cndgmn] #1664997
12/17/09 10:57 AM
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you can try a lite solution of clorox and water wipe the skin with a fairly dry rag of the solutution, it will help some. Don't make it strong...keep it off the hair side.Tom

Re: fox with green belly [Re: Bandit 12] #1665001
12/17/09 11:01 AM
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i had the same happen with 2 coyotes

Re: fox with green belly [Re: elkhorn] #1665012
12/17/09 11:06 AM
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something like 60-40 water to clorox spray it on with a spray bottle let it sit a scond and wipe it off. also you can sometimes scrape the green belly off with a fleshing knife just take it easy dont rip the hide


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Re: fox with green belly [Re: tmrschessie] #1665034
12/17/09 11:14 AM
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Do what "tmrschessie" said. Canines are prone to green belly. One thing about the dogs,,,you gotta get on them quick. You have a little time after dispatch. But not much. Obviously the cooler it is the more time you have.Once during a warm spell I had several fox to skin. Wasn't feeling that well that day so took a couple aspirin and fell asleep for about two hours.I went out and started skinning right away after I got up.When I got to the end about the ninth or tenth fox ,,sure enough it had the green belly.It really surprised me since I cool them all on their backs with legs spread off the floor. When I got really thinking about it. I remembered that particular fox was in a snare and dead, So,,,longer time dead coupled with my delay....plus one of the last to skin,,,,,green belly.


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Re: fox with green belly [Re: lennitrapper] #1665042
12/17/09 11:18 AM
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Not knocking you guys but I've tried the clorox/rubbing alcohol thing and it didn't seem to make much difference-to me.

That and its much to-do about nothing if you get it on a board quickly.

Re: fox with green belly [Re: cndgmn] #1665059
12/17/09 11:30 AM
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cndgmn ,,,I wonder what difference your looking for. I don't think it changes the color. But rather halts the breaking down of the decay process so the fur doesn't slip .
"much to-do about nothing",,,,,,,,,i'm not too sure on that one either. Lets say you do nothing and everything is ok....Well that time you may have gotten lucky. But lets say instead of everything turning out ok,,, the fur slips. I think I prefer to have taken a little time to make sure things turn out ok.


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Re: fox with green belly [Re: reddawg] #1665072
12/17/09 11:43 AM
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The important thing is not letting a fox get too green.Once they've reached a point the damage is already done.Imo too green is too green and all the clorox in the world or a blessing from a Saint ain't going to make a bit of difference.

So instead of the clorox you go straight to the board.Whats the timeframe before the drying process has begun? Not much.

Simply my take,I'll leave it at that.

Have a good one.

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Re: fox with green belly [Re: cndgmn] #1665251
12/17/09 01:48 PM
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Scrape as much off as you can. Then dry it., I rub borox on the green spots.
I ahve never had one slip and I had one that was fairly green and stinky...

Most all the ones i get have it.
Can you post a picture of it???

Re: fox with green belly [Re: ] #1665387
12/17/09 03:03 PM
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If I get a bad one I flesh it and saok it for a couple hours in a salt water mix, rinse, dry and put on a board or freeze if Its a taxi specimen.

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Re: fox with green belly [Re: phutch30] #1665549
12/17/09 04:44 PM
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I had a couple last year that were green on the belly. I sprayed the belly down with a weak clorox solution and let it dry really well. I sent them to moyles and had them tanned with no problems. I am willing to bet a lot of guys up here get fox with green bellies as they don't run their lines every day, and if a fox curls up in a snare and freezes it still stays pretty warm in the center.


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Re: fox with green belly [Re: FishinHank] #1665558
12/17/09 04:51 PM
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I deal with a fair amount of green belly coyotes due to snares in warm weather.

I skin, then wash all my coyotes. When I get a green belly I add some bleach to the wash water. Unless it is very green you won't notice much of a change in color. The goal is to kill the bacteria, halting the spoilage. There may be some color remaining but it will dissapear as it dries. The bleach will also kill the oder. I refuse to rely on borax for that. With the effort it takes to put up a nice pelt, there is to much to risk.


Re: fox with green belly [Re: Bubber] #1665740
12/17/09 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bubber
The bleach will also kill the oder.
this alone is worth teh extra 30 seconds it takes to spray and wipe down teh skin


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