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#6115919 - 01/06/18 06:12 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Boco]
bctomcat Offline
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Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 953
Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
Originally Posted By: Boco
Page 35 of the NAFA manual-tips from graders.Never take fur from the flank when trimming the inspection window.
Looks like you didn't read far enough,lol.
That part you have pinned on the belly side of the board is not flank, its the worthless lower portion of the leg on the belly side. Also look at the picture the manual shows, no leg on the belly side! grin
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#6116037 - 01/06/18 07:14 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 15370
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
On mine it is the flank I take the excess leg skin off when I skin.
When I did competition skinning I always beat out the guys that did them your way.


Edited by Boco (01/06/18 07:16 PM)

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#6116834 - 01/07/18 11:54 AM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Boco]
Dirt Offline
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Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 3463
Loc: Armpit, ak
Originally Posted By: Boco
On mine it is the flank I take the excess leg skin off when I skin.
When I did competition skinning I always beat out the guys that did them your way.


This explains a lot. I think the OP is not going to submit his fur in a skinning competition; but maybe he is. Graders at the auctions are not grading the put-up, they are grading the fur and leather quality. The extra pretty ones may be put in the samples, but the less pretty ones in the bale will sell for the same price. IMO

FYI for the OP: the latest Fur Handling manual is on the NAFA website under "Auction"....... Selling with NAFA"......Wild Fur " Learn More"......Resources


Edited by Dirt (01/07/18 02:04 PM)
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#6117357 - 01/07/18 06:08 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
bctomcat Offline
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Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 953
Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
For anyone interested here's the direct links to the NAFA and FHA Pelt Handling Manuals:

http://www.nafa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NAFA_PeltHandlingManual-E-web1.pdf

http://www.furharvesters.com/pdf/pelthandling.pdf
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#6118224 - 01/08/18 01:21 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
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Registered: 12/19/14
Posts: 1031
Loc: E central Il
Ok ok for a Guy like me that has never caught an otter ( but might ) , can you put them on a fox board? Or do they have a specific board that they go on ?


Edited by Golf ball (01/08/18 01:22 PM)

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#6118246 - 01/08/18 01:47 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
bctomcat Offline
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Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 953
Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
Otter have a specific board for small, medium and large specimens. See page 34 of the NAFA manual. If absolutely necessary you could use a split coyote or cat board so that you can get the butt widths correct and maintain pelt length.


Edited by bctomcat (01/08/18 01:59 PM)
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#6122456 - 01/12/18 08:45 AM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Dirt]
Phil Nichols Offline
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Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 615
Loc: Chocowinity, NC
Originally Posted By: Dirt
Originally Posted By: Boco
On mine it is the flank I take the excess leg skin off when I skin.
When I did competition skinning I always beat out the guys that did them your way.


This explains a lot. I think the OP is not going to submit his fur in a skinning competition; but maybe he is. Graders at the auctions are not grading the put-up, they are grading the fur and leather quality. The extra pretty ones may be put in the samples, but the less pretty ones in the bale will sell for the same price. IMO

FYI for the OP: the latest Fur Handling manual is on the NAFA website under "Auction"....... Selling with NAFA"......Wild Fur " Learn More"......Resources


Well thanks for all the replies. Since the first post, my sets for otter are froze. Here we can set anywhere in the tidewater without permission. After reading all this I have decided that if I catch an otter I will give the hide to my dog and put the meat in the smoker.

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#6122750 - 01/12/18 02:55 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
The Spruce Offline
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Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 220
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Otter are my favourite animal to board (guess I like punishment). The 2 old guys are having a p I ssing match. I agree with them both partially, but I put up exactly like BOCO, a few less pins:) If I remember correct BC Tom used to grade Otter back in the day for NAFA???






Pretty sure I got a slip for the mink.

Spruce

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#6122791 - 01/12/18 03:37 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: The Spruce]
bctomcat Offline
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Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 953
Loc: 100 Mile House, BC Can
Originally Posted By: The Spruce
If I remember correct BC Tom used to grade Otter back in the day for NAFA??? Spruce
Just to keep the record correct I have never graded fur for any auction house. I am just an old retired trapper.
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#6122794 - 01/12/18 03:42 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: bctomcat]
The Spruce Offline
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Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 220
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Cool, mixing you up with a different "old retired" trapper from BC! Post away, you are helpful to many on hear, myself included.

Spruce

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#6123148 - 01/12/18 09:30 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 15370
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Trapper Ron is the guy you mean Spruce.

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#6123922 - 01/13/18 06:21 PM Re: NAFA Otter [Re: Phil Nichols]
rendezvous Offline
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Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 808
Loc: NY
Boco, Your fur in the pictures looks awesome to me... nice job!


Looks I got off easy the last time... grin


Edited by rendezvous (01/13/18 06:30 PM)

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