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Fleshing Beaver #6368821
11/09/18 01:53 AM
11/09/18 01:53 AM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 1,868
Houghton Lake, MI
strike2x Offline OP
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Ok Beaver guys, what gives? I just put up the Beaver I caught today and it took me 2 and a half hours carcass to boat. I have done a few and it seems to always take me that long. Do you use a sharp or a dull knife? What tips and secret do you have to share. I normally set for a couple a year for bait on my predator line. I have a few places I could get a few more than I normally do but not sure I want to. I would rather flesh 10 coyote than one Beaver. Help me out here.


Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368822
11/09/18 01:54 AM
11/09/18 01:54 AM
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Rodney,Ohio
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You should use a knife so sharp you'd be afraid to shave with.

Last edited by SNIPERBBB; 11/09/18 01:54 AM.
Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368847
11/09/18 02:21 AM
11/09/18 02:21 AM
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Posts: 7,040
St. Cloud, MN
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Carcass to board, about an hour for me. I use a Caribou fleshing knife.


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Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368855
11/09/18 02:29 AM
11/09/18 02:29 AM
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eastern washinghton
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eastern washinghton
clean skin them,took a bunch but i can do one in under an hour now.


catch to date:

coon 1
mink 0
rats 0
beaver 1
yotes 7
Skunk 0
otter 0

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368869
11/09/18 02:38 AM
11/09/18 02:38 AM
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minot, ND
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about 1 hr. clean skinning with SHARP knife and boarded.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368871
11/09/18 02:39 AM
11/09/18 02:39 AM
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minot, ND
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about 1 hr. clean skinning with SHARP knife and boarded.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368872
11/09/18 02:39 AM
11/09/18 02:39 AM
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Houghton Lake, MI
strike2x Offline OP
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I should just clean skin since I ended up using my Skinner to flesh since my coyote fleshing knife wouldn't touch it. I always start with intentions of clean but quit when I get to the legs. I thought it was my home made fleshing beam. I made a wood one years ago and just switched bto a PVC one and coyote are much easier on it so I figured Beaver would be. Guess I will invest in a sharp fleshing knife or just slow perfect clean skinning.


Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368879
11/09/18 02:46 AM
11/09/18 02:46 AM
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Frazee, MN
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I but mine on the board then reskin. It doesn't take along time but would really like to learn to flesh beaver on a beam. But I am afraid of turning a $5 beaver into garbage I guess.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368888
11/09/18 02:59 AM
11/09/18 02:59 AM
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Posts: 1,291
venango county,pennslyvania
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I skin and roll them up. pull them in the freezer for a couple of days , thaw and put them on the fleshing beam. seems to help set the fat.


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Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: CarlsonMink] #6368902
11/09/18 03:23 AM
11/09/18 03:23 AM
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100 Mile House, BC Can
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Originally Posted by CarlsonMink
Carcass, fleshed, boarded 15 min
I'll go along with "bvrtrpr", more realistic. I'd like to see some pictures of your boarded pelts?


The only constant in trapping is change so keep learning.






Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: bctomcat] #6368936
11/09/18 04:00 AM
11/09/18 04:00 AM
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Posts: 94
Grand Rapids MN
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Originally Posted by bctomcat
Originally Posted by CarlsonMink
Carcass, fleshed, boarded 15 min
I'll go along with "bvrtrpr", more realistic. I'd like to see some pictures of your boarded pelts?

I sold him fur just the other days, yeah he can skin and have a beaver finished boarded in 15 min. I have never seen someone process fur that fast and does a better job then me and I've been doing this lot longer than that youngster
Keep up the hard work young man
He can skin a beaver in like 4 min. Easy
Theres days in the spring I dropped beaver off at say 4pm he had 100 plus beaver on the floor, next day drop beaver of at noon all skun,

Last edited by Otto; 11/09/18 04:03 AM.
Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368946
11/09/18 04:20 AM
11/09/18 04:20 AM
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USA-WI
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It gets a lot quicker after your first 400-500 beaver.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6368985
11/09/18 09:49 AM
11/09/18 09:49 AM
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Southwest Michigan
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Beaver are tough to put up, expensive to tan, and sell for little

But one of my favorite pelts when finished


Every day is a gift from GOD, don't waste it!!

If they have plenty of food, give them something interesting to smell
Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: Michigan Trappin] #6369024
11/09/18 11:34 AM
11/09/18 11:34 AM
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Onaway michigan
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strike2x: If we were neighbors I would do the beavers you can do the coyotes.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: james dymond] #6369030
11/09/18 11:44 AM
11/09/18 11:44 AM
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potter co. p.a.
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Originally Posted by james dymond
strike2x: If we were neighbors I would do the beavers you can do the coyotes.

x100


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Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6369223
11/09/18 02:45 PM
11/09/18 02:45 PM
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Armpit, ak
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Everybody has this set time per Beaver. crazy

The big ones take more time than the little ones.

The ones with a lot of damage, scars and rubs ,can be a little slower than the cleaner ones.

The ugly put ups take less time than the purtier put ups.

The guys set up with a good ergonomic system can do it faster than guys that are not set up so good.

Heck I got to get wood, start a fire, gas and start the Generator, find my reading glasses, kick the dog out of the way, before I even start skinning.


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Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6369298
11/09/18 04:07 PM
11/09/18 04:07 PM
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Northern Michigan
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It's all in technique Greg. As you know, I always use a knife for all my fur and taxidermy fleshing, beav or otherwise. Never was worth a hoot with a push-knife, and I'd cut stuff up trying to get good. One of our neighbors, Tom J., is a push-knife guy. He can take a pelt fresh from the beaver and get it clean in the time it would take me to rough skin another one for him to flesh. He's had a bit of practice though, having trapped 500+ several different seasons. I don't want to flesh 500+ of any darn thing any more!!


Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: J.Morse] #6369406
11/09/18 06:19 PM
11/09/18 06:19 PM
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Wisconsin
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This Is what I do.

I rough skin and It takes me about 4min. Get yourself a limb lopper and a hooked bladed box cutter.
Lop off all 4 feet then take the box cutter and cut from jaw to vent. Make one contentious cut around the base of the tail. Now you have made your opening cuts. This should have taken you about a minute.
Know you can start the skinning process.
I have a Russel Dexter boning knife and It does a perfect job . Long slices and don't worry about leaving to much fat or gristle behind.
It's going to take some practice to work around the legs. I like to take the hide In one hand and roll It up on my knuckles and that will expose the leg. Once the hide Is off you can hang It on the beam.

I start with the point of the beam dead center on the hide. This way you always have control of that hide. Then I fleash all the way around the hide. Most of the time I start about 6" In from the edge. Most of the edges you will be able to flesh just pushing with the dull edge of your knife. On the tail end you will have to use the sharp edge.

Once you have made the circuit you can drape the hide nose end over the point of the beam.Now there should be about a 6 " strip right down the middle. Most of this will have to be removed by the sharp edge.

I'm getting tired of typing I could have done at least 2 beaver In the time It took me to type this. LOL


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Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: The Beav] #6369415
11/09/18 06:31 PM
11/09/18 06:31 PM
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Beav....thatís the best and easiest description of beaver fleshing Iíve seen yet.

Re: Fleshing Beaver [Re: strike2x] #6369440
11/09/18 07:08 PM
11/09/18 07:08 PM
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S.E. Pennsylvania
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After all the legs are removed , I like to insert the skinning knife into the leg between hide and meat and circle the cut. To me it helps the legs easier to skin. Like Beav, II use a replacement blade to do the cut from chin down. I rough skin but flesh all around the edges about 4 inches in. this leaves me a saddle to clean and it is easy with a sharp 600 Necker knife.

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