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Skunk skinning tutorial #3321867
09/14/12 02:01 PM
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Lots of skunk questions lately, Had a good one today so let learn.
What makes a good skunk?
Heavy fur and WIDE Snow White Stripes, this is pretty heavy for mid Sept.


Okay lets skin it.

I start with them laid out on the table.


Cut from the end of the tail to the base, and from the base down both legs. Keep your knife in the fur around the vent not in the bald area and don't go very deep.


Cut just below the vent connecting the legs,


For optimum money leave the feet on your skunks.
Peel the hind legs down and remove at the end of the toes.
Now cut from the front pad to the elbow.


Time to hang on the gambrel.
Skin out the tail.


Give a good pull to the shoulders and pull the front leg until the foot comes through the cut.


skin the fronts down to the ends of the toes and we are ready for the skull.


Carefully cut straight in on the ear buds and the eye this shows the ear eye and mouth corner. all close together.


Finish off the nose and your done.

Now go back to the table and with a sharp knife care fully skin around the Pods and remove.



From here you can use a syringe to remove the essence or store untill later.






Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3321872
09/14/12 02:08 PM
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Fine job but I take the pods off before I skin less to worry about.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3321893
09/14/12 02:25 PM
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Great picture lesson!

Now for a rookie question... what do you do with the pods? I understand they are used to make lures for trapping. But how does a guy even think about extracting the essence from the pods without getting a big dose of that smell all over? Or do you sell the pods similar to beaver castor? Are you drying the pods at all?

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3321935
09/14/12 03:05 PM
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Thanks Monster Toms. Great information.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: LoessHillsArcher] #3321943
09/14/12 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: LoessHillsArcher
Great picture lesson!

Now for a rookie question... what do you do with the pods? I understand they are used to make lures for trapping. But how does a guy even think about extracting the essence from the pods without getting a big dose of that smell all over? Or do you sell the pods similar to beaver castor? Are you drying the pods at all?

I have an "extraction table" out behind the house.
With a 30ml or so syringe and 14 gauge needle insert and extract the essence. There are two seperate pods; each hold between 10 and 35 ml.


After each side I store the essence in 8oz canning jars 6-10 skunks will fill it up.


Depending on the buyer some will like the mustard with it others not, in that case useing a syringe without the needle suck up and transfer clean essence to another jar. Empty pods are stored in gallon bags in the freezer.


Last edited by Monster Toms; 09/14/12 04:22 PM.





Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3321953
09/14/12 03:26 PM
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I'd love to use as much of the critter as possible if/when I catch one... but how much crap am I going to get due to the smell of this? haha

I don't mind the smell, actually I'm fond of it. It is the other people around that would complain... and I've got to share a freezer/fridge/work shop with them. So one bad case of skunk essence extracting gone bad and I'd be out of a freezer/fridge/shop for working on traps!

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3321963
09/14/12 03:37 PM
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Excellent tutorial, and a great bunch of photos.


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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3322729
09/14/12 11:07 PM
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Thank you very much for doing this ! Great photos !


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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3322791
09/14/12 11:46 PM
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Here is a Skunk Anatomy photo that might help identify some key areas on a skunk...



Enjoy
Later
Bill


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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3322857
09/15/12 12:55 AM
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Thanks for the tutorial!
I may add a word from today's experience.
If you do not separate the pods from the base of the tail, DO NOT pull down on the tail when hanging on the gambrel!
My pants are now hanging in the woods behind the hunting shack, and to say the wife is not impressed would be an understatement!


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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3323011
09/15/12 08:12 AM
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Thanks for the great tutorial. I just had one question about leaving the feet on. I'm a little confused, leave the whole paw on? Could you show a picture of this. T

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: wyojed] #3323027
09/15/12 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: wyojed
Thanks for the great tutorial. I just had one question about leaving the feet on. I'm a little confused, leave the whole paw on? Could you show a picture of this. T

Skin the foot out, don't leave any bone in.

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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3325071
09/16/12 07:53 PM
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im new to trapping this year and i hope i get to try my luck with a skunk! it doesnt bring the money but what the heck! you cant always pick and choose what you catch!! but you can make the best out of a bad situation!

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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3325099
09/16/12 08:11 PM
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Doesnt bring the money? You would be shocked how much you can make off of skunks if put up right and you get the juice and pods. Had a guy get 48 bucks for one skunk at nafa last year.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3325626
09/17/12 08:46 AM
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$48 for one skunk? that is nuts!

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3325786
09/17/12 11:04 AM
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Thanks,Monster Toms,excellent instructional post and pictures and one for the Archives.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3325897
09/17/12 12:43 PM
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I agree. Great thread! Thank you.


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Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3326535
09/17/12 08:28 PM
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I agree great instructions and pics. I think I will keep my skunks this year. Thanks.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3326539
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I agree great instructions and pics. I think I will keep my skunks this year. Thanks.

Re: Skunk skinning tutorial [Re: Monster Toms] #3326569
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Whats the average $ on skunk?

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