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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: coydog2] #6305331
08/19/18 08:10 AM
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No Front Legs? what the heck! how do you do that?

Cut canine front legs off in the elbow area...


When canines pelt dries 'fur out', tuck front legs inside pelt...
-don't forget to cut off bottom lip when boarding, creating a uniform appearance-
(l. to r.) Grey Fox, Red Fox, Coyote



Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305350
08/19/18 08:39 AM
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This tool helps me adjust pan height/level pans.
I have one at the work bench and one in by setting bag (just in case).
From #0 Vic to #3 Bridger...






A skun'n base helps skun Coyote & Coon.
My 'Look-A-Like' ADC base has speeded skun'n and ease on the arthritis.
Skun'n Base...




Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305454
08/19/18 10:30 AM
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Well, I feel enlightened and pretty ignorant all in one this morning. I've seen that pan adjustment tool in catalogs and never quite understood what it was for. Didn't jump out and bite me. I've been using channel-locks to accomplish the same thing. That tool looks to be a WHOLE lot easier and more accurate. Thanks for the pics! I'm one of the slow ones that can benefit from visual explanation.

Good stuff on this thread!


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Calvin] #6305480
08/19/18 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted By: Calvin
Originally Posted By: ~ADC~
I put a rubber bed liner under the skinning machine where the most blood is and cover it and a good portion of the rest of the floor with used carpet. The cardboard wouldn't last long enough to suit me and when it starts to tear up became a trip hazard, wet critters were especially tough on it. You can duct tape the edges of the cardboard or carpet down to concrete floors if they don't want to lay flat.

~ADC~


There is a bit of a learning curve with the cardboard for sure ADC. This is where the HD stuff you get appliances come in is the key It doesn't curl like the thin stuff....and I tape the edges with the clear packaging tape. About any appliance store will have enough for a few layers if you want (more is better of course).

I toss a lot of wet rats and even a few dumb coon and beaver on it and it dries from both sides this way. I've not had an issue with it coming apart, personally....but I keep fans on the wet stuff constantly so it doesn't go soggy.

I use and like the rubber mats as well if I'm standing in one place long (under my beams).


I too use cardboard on my floors, but I take things a step further. I lay down a cheap plastic painters drop cloth over my cardboard. Very easy to change out when needed and makes clean up at the end of the season very simple.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305506
08/19/18 11:43 AM
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The key to be able to get a razor edge on a beaver knife for clean skinning is to thin the blade first on a wet wheel.
Then it is easy to hone a razor edge with a good stone,and after that a few swipes on the strop will keep the edge keen.



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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305669
08/19/18 05:01 PM
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Some day Iím gonna sit down with someone and learn that clean skinned method Boco ! Looks like itís got to be better than scraping one on a beam .

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305722
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I like clean skinning better than doing them on a beam,but some prefer the beam.Clean skinning can be difficult if you cant keep your knife razor sharp.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305784
08/19/18 07:26 PM
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An old butcher taught me that years ago ! One question though, on a round nosed beaver knife do you not sharpen all of the nose ?

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305793
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Boco what knife is that? All I seem to find is the wooden handled Dexter knives and I like that handle much better.

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Terrence j] #6305833
08/19/18 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted By: Terrence j
Boco what knife is that? All I seem to find is the wooden handled Dexter knives and I like that handle much better.


Looks like this one... https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Skinni...torinox+skinner

I have one and I can easily shave hair with it with just a couple passes from this sharpener... https://www.amazon.com/AccuSharp-ACCU-00...knife+sharpener

Try is and see, you're out less than $8 if I'm wrong, but I'm not wrong. smile

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305836
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Thank you ADC I will give them a try. Looking at your posts and all the good info you share you might be right. 😁

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305852
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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305864
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5inch Victorinox skinner like ADC's link.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305914
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I like the look of the knife James but not the sharpener. Yes it will sharpen a knife but they consume metal at a rate Iím not comfortable with.

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6306267
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Years ago I was at a NTA get together and NAFA had a guy from Canada there name Phil and I sat down and watch him flesh a beaver skin like Boco look like done and how fast he done it.I just did not sit done to really do it but did not forget how he did it and also have got one of the knife he use that he was selling and some other tools.that I use.I know I will have to do the knife way.For how it is for me to get.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6306761
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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6307263
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I keep trying but I can not skin a beaver that clean.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6307888
08/22/18 10:28 AM
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saw dust makes blood and grease a easy clean up also helps prevent slipping on a bloody floor! I prefer planner chipping most a coffee can worth under my skinning rig will last a season.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6307910
08/22/18 10:57 AM
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One of the handiest items in the fur shed is a piece of burlap. Great for keeping the fleshing beam clean.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: TONY.F] #6308305
08/22/18 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted By: TONY.F
saw dust makes blood and grease a easy clean up also helps prevent slipping on a bloody floor! I prefer planner chipping most a coffee can worth under my skinning rig will last a season.


Me too. I save saw dust from wood projects, and use it liberally at my skinning/fleshing area.

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