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#5767369 - 01/10/17 08:21 PM Storing mink pelts
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1645
Loc: n.e, iowa
I have some stacked on top each other an big males on bottom stack on cardboard on top a table, a couple big makes still oil up good or sweat, I'd this a problem stacked on top each other in a pile ? Should I put a sheet of paper towl on top and bottom of heavy oilers?

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#5767375 - 01/10/17 08:26 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
waggler Offline
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 2038
Loc: Alaska and Washington State
If it were me, I'd thread a cotton string through their eyes and hang them, stacking greasy and/or sweaty skins is asking for trouble.
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#5767381 - 01/10/17 08:29 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
Boco Online   content
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 12408
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Why are they so oily? Didn't you use sawdust when scraping them?
They wont keep very long like that,sell them as soon as you can.

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#5767452 - 01/10/17 08:58 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1645
Loc: n.e, iowa
I have never used sawdust on mink pelts, big males are naturally oily the females an some of males are not real oily, so are rats, I stack them, rats always have some oil coming off them

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#5767517 - 01/10/17 09:41 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
MJM Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 4825
Loc: ND
If you have oil running out of them, they are stored to warm or were not fleshed right, or both.


Edited by MJM (01/10/17 09:42 PM)
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#5767530 - 01/10/17 09:56 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1645
Loc: n.e, iowa
I don't mean lots of oil but big mink are oily, stored in low 60s for tempeture, they were fleshed good enough, maybe I should freeze them like I used to do in past but was told not to bother if only for a month or 6 wks


Edited by coonman220 (01/10/17 10:00 PM)

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#5767544 - 01/10/17 10:18 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
trapper20 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 1503
Loc: SW WI
I freeze mine after they are dry

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#5767563 - 01/10/17 10:40 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
alaska viking Offline
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Registered: 12/25/07
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Loc: juneau, alaska
Sawdust.
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#5767574 - 01/10/17 11:00 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
Rat Masterson Offline
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Registered: 08/14/12
Posts: 594
Loc: SE Minn
Hang them up in front of a fan, they will dry right up.

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#5767606 - 01/10/17 11:35 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1645
Loc: n.e, iowa
They were on board 5 days in front fan an dry, I used to freeze but then someone say not to if only month, maybe a little oil is normal but 1 big 1 on bottom more heavier oiled

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#5767608 - 01/10/17 11:47 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
fossil2 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 734
Loc: minn
coonman,,,don't stack these pelts with others. the oil will keep on seeping out and soak the pelts below. you cant dry oil. from what you've written, I'm guessing you left the saddle on these mink? the older males have a layer of fat under the saddle, and you've dried the saddle, sealing the fat underneath. the fat will now "melt" into oil, and soak through the leather, and make it soft/soggy, yellowish colored, and sticky to the touch. they'll look crappy compared to your other pelts. id sell them now before they look any worse.

with an old male with fat under the saddle, always remove the saddle, then the fat. you wont devalue the pelt by removing the saddle, as long as you dont damage the leather underneath. next time, if youre not comfortable removing the saddle, keep these mink separate and sell them green, along with your others that you put up. hope this helps.

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#5767620 - 01/11/17 12:57 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
skunk skinner Offline
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Registered: 12/20/11
Posts: 75
Loc: Osage, Ia
For everyone out there that puts up mink, and or any other fur, not always the best place to learn is at your local fur buyer as they are trying to go through a lot of fur in a short period of time and they don't have the time to make their furs stand out, they don't do the little things that some of the rest of us do to help increase that fur check. 1st thing that I will tell you is there are a couple different ways to stretch a mink, some stretch with the feet on the back and some with the feet on the belly side. But as far as I am concerned, when you are done stretching your hide is that you hang them up face down, mink are graded by the window that is left, and if you hang them head up that is were the grease is going to end up, also after 3 to 4 days use paper towels and wipe them down and then again in about 3 or 4 more days, you can quit wipeing them when they quit sweating, you will thank me for that one, Good Luck

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#5767631 - 01/11/17 03:53 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
cohunt Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1441
Loc: revillo, sd
The last two posters have done some BIG numbers of mink!

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#5767666 - 01/11/17 05:57 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
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Registered: 10/03/09
Posts: 1831
Loc: Pottawatamie co. IA
I would add that holding mink without them yellowing is a tough thing to do. Don't fall in love with them and sell them. I have a buyer who pays more for whole mink than for put up so I don't have to worry about it. I dry them, brush them, and freeze them
. He comes and I pile them in his truck like cord wood. Easy peasy. LLL
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#5767754 - 01/11/17 07:25 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
eric space Offline
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Registered: 03/20/09
Posts: 311
Loc: wantage n.j.
I always use a layer of clean cardboard (no color printing on it)between each layer of mink once they are removed from the board stretchers (never-EVER put up mink on wire stretchers). I have a patio table (the stray mouse cannot climb onto it)and lay a piece of cardboard on it to start, then a layer of 10 pelts, then a piece of cardboard, more pelts, etc. On top of the last cardboard I place a 3 foot square piece of plywood and then a pail with about 20 pounds of weight (sand). The cardboard will absorb all grease from the leather and tail fur, the weight leaving a perfectly flat beautiful pelt. I do the same with beaver only 1 pelt per layer of cardboard. Eric

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#5767779 - 01/11/17 07:46 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
NonPCfed Offline
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Registered: 12/19/15
Posts: 1160
Loc: se South Dakota
Quote:
I have a buyer who pays more for whole mink than for put up so I don't have to worry about it.


LL trapper- just curious why you think your buyer prefers them on the round? Does he harvest the glands for lure, do something with the skull, grind the meat up for some sort of feed? Or does he just prefer to put them up himself? I always find it interesting the other little niches that people come up with to increase the revenue stream off of a critter...


Edited by NonPCfed (01/11/17 07:58 AM)
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#5767895 - 01/11/17 09:15 AM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
seniortrap Online   content
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Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 2934
Loc: michigan,USA
If I am stacking to wait for the fur buyer down the road.

I will size them and put a piece of newspaper between each rat or mink.

We get a free buyers guide and it gets used like that.

It will suck up some of the grease.
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#5768195 - 01/11/17 01:45 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
coonman220 Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 1645
Loc: n.e, iowa
Is it necessary to do this on rats?

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#5768206 - 01/11/17 01:55 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
fossil2 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 734
Loc: minn
ive never seen a fat layer with saddle over it on rats. I wouldn't worry about them, just the old male mink.

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#5768336 - 01/11/17 03:35 PM Re: Storing mink pelts [Re: coonman220]
cohunt Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1441
Loc: revillo, sd
Folks in other parts of the country mostly do not have to deal with the big very fat mink that can be caught from time to time in the upper Midwest. I am sure eric space does many hundreds of male mink and few if any need to have the saddle removed. For 31 years I trapped extreme northern Wisconsin where female mink are so lean that they essentially do not need to be fleshed. 50 years ago an old Hudson Bay legendary buyer showed me how to "milk" them onto a stretcher with a terry cloth towel and that process removed the little fat they had. Most males could be scraped lightly with a spoon to remove the little excess fat they had. I remember just one really fat male out of several thousand I put up. The mink in South Dakota are much fatter and many of the males must have the saddle removed and even most females need a beam and knife. I suspect that the OP has very fat mink in Iowa based on his description of his pelts and he would be wise to read the comments by fossil and skunk skinner who deal with the same type mink he does.

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