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#5956113 - 07/21/17 12:28 PM Drying skinned beavers
Josh_D. Offline
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Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Washington
When I catch a beaver, I want to skin it as soon as possible to keep the meat in good quality. Does any one have tips for drying a skinned beaver pelts before boarding it? I plan on stapling instead of nailing my beavers next season and am a little worried about wet fur.

Thanks in advance!


Edited by Josh_D. (07/21/17 12:29 PM)

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#5956120 - 07/21/17 12:32 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
MnMan Offline
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Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 5586
Loc: Central MN, sort of old
I have hung them by the nose in front of a powerful fan before with good results. It does help to brush them once against the lay of the fur during the process. I have also hung them outside in the wind. I snap them a few times before I do this to get any excess water out.
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#5956123 - 07/21/17 12:35 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Wylee Offline
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Registered: 09/18/15
Posts: 1380
Loc: interior alaska
Towel hang and fan.
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#5956157 - 07/21/17 01:22 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
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Loc: north Idaho
A bit off topic but if you are going to staple your beaver pelts BE DARN SURE you get every last staple out of the pelt when you take it off the board and before you sell it!!

As a buyer, if I get cut/scraped by a missed staple, that pelt automatically goes in the low grades. I don't care how nice it WAS!! Harsh - yup - but I hate getting a surprise like that when handling fur. Same goes for porcupine quills in a coyote pelt!!
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#5956158 - 07/21/17 01:23 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
trapper20 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 1580
Loc: SW WI
snap em, leaf blower and then let them hang in front of fan usually works. I use a homemade tumbler out of an old dryer with wood shavings....that gets them pretty dry quick (no heat of course)

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#5956161 - 07/21/17 01:28 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13609
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
If you are going to process wet beaver,after skinning rinse the hide in clean water,wring out,then roll it up in a towel and wring it out hard.Repeat this with another dry towel.The fur will now just be slightly damp and you can board it.

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#5956165 - 07/21/17 01:34 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
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Registered: 07/20/09
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Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
Again a bit off topic but, although I have never used staples I would assume the little bit of time you would save putting them in would be negated by the extra time to pull them. Plus it will take extra time to dry the pelts when not lifted.
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#5956422 - 07/21/17 07:42 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: bctomcat]
Josh_D. Offline
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Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Washington
My primary reason for wanting to use staples was because of coon creek outdoors youtube channel. The product looks great and when I was nailing my beavers this season it seemed like half of my nails came out a little bent which just got worse and worse as they were re used. I believe I was using 8d nails. I probably just need better aim and a decent bench for boarding them. Plans are in the works to make a nice boarding table. I agree that getting a surprise staple in the hand would be really unpleasant!

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#5956429 - 07/21/17 07:59 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Boco Offline
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I have tried both nails and staples.Staples go in a little faster,but are a pain to pull out of the board and skin.Nails come out quicker,and zero chance of leaving any in the pelt.Also not as nice a finish with staples and as was said you cant raise a damp skin on staples like you can on nails.


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#5956522 - 07/21/17 10:03 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Boco]
RKH Offline
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Registered: 04/26/14
Posts: 264
Loc: southwest Alberta .Canada
Originally Posted By: Boco
I have tried both nails and staples.Staples go in a little faster,but are a pain to pull out of the board and skin.Nails come out quicker,and zero chance of leaving any in the pelt.Also not as nice a finish with staples and as was said you cant raise a damp skin on staples like you can on nails.

Very nice put up BOCO

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#5956534 - 07/21/17 10:17 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
trapper les Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 13183
Loc: williams,mn
When I get that pelt to the slightly damp stage that Boco is talking about, I board it over many leaves of news paper and when it's dry, flip it and tack it down with just a dozen nails or so, and comb a couple times as it dries. It will be fine.
I do add another 120 nails or so on a pelt, lol.
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#5956874 - 07/22/17 11:39 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
trappergbus Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 2265
Loc: Southern Michigan
Why didn't I think of that, great idea Les, Thanks
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#5957097 - 07/22/17 05:24 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
TONY.F Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
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Loc: N.C MO
PULLING NAILS DONT TAKE TIME?
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#5957165 - 07/22/17 06:40 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13609
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
No time at all,just grab the hammerhead in one hand and flip the nails into the center of the pelt two or three at a time.Its not like your driving the nails halfway thru the plywood when boarding the pelt,lol.They are only in an eighth or three 16 of an inch.


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#5957237 - 07/22/17 08:28 PM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
TONY.F Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
Posts: 2465
Loc: N.C MO
same goes with staples use 9/16 staples and don't bury them either or require pulling the time I lost pulling staples I more than made up for putting them in yes their are down sides but every thing has a down side nothing in life is perfect
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#5957384 - 07/23/17 06:38 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
trapper les Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 13183
Loc: williams,mn
I can have all the nails pulled in just a few minutes.


Edited by trapper les (07/23/17 06:39 AM)
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#5957525 - 07/23/17 09:25 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Boco]
trappergbus Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 2265
Loc: Southern Michigan
Originally Posted By: Boco
I have tried both nails and staples.Staples go in a little faster,but are a pain to pull out of the board and skin.Nails come out quicker,and zero chance of leaving any in the pelt.Also not as nice a finish with staples and as was said you cant raise a damp skin on staples like you can on nails.

Nice work Boco, do you cut the ears off?
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#5957535 - 07/23/17 09:39 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13609
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Yes.

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#5957591 - 07/23/17 10:35 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Boco]
trappergbus Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 2265
Loc: Southern Michigan
cool
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#5957617 - 07/23/17 11:12 AM Re: Drying skinned beavers [Re: Josh_D.]
Kre Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 512
Loc: USA-WI
Use a leaf blower before skinning. Then into the tumbler after skinning.

A real tumbler is a very useful tool: water, mud, blood...no problem after a good tumble in corn cob grit.

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