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Okay Newbies........ #6390932
12/05/18 08:29 PM
12/05/18 08:29 PM
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
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Take us down memory lane and post some pics of those "big eye" coons, coyotes and foxes. lol


"Forgiveness".......because there is no Time Machine.

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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6390992
12/05/18 09:45 PM
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Nobody wants to share a skinning mishap?

I remember my first coon. I was so scared I was going to cut the pelt when I got done the pelt weighed more than the carcass. Matter of fact I think I sold the pelt as a boneless meat coon.


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391064
12/05/18 11:01 PM
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I wish I still had my first season pics. Talk about a hack job!!! They all looked like I fleshed um with a chainsaw!!!!


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391065
12/05/18 11:01 PM
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Newbie? Heck, I big eyed a coon just the other night trying to hurry. laugh Sorry, didn't think it was pic worthy at the time. grin

Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391074
12/05/18 11:10 PM
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tell the buyer,"scared that one to death,look how big his eyes got." grin


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391200
12/06/18 01:30 AM
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LOL, some good stuff!!!!


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391286
12/06/18 02:48 AM
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I had no one to teach me trapping or proper fur put up.Also,when I started trapping,,trappers were real tight lipped about everything.First time I brought some coon pelts to the local buyer,,he told me,,next time bring them in whole,,and he would show me proper skinning and fleshing and stretching.LOL.Skinned em pretty good but was a little lacking in the fleshing department.I would show pictures but cameras weren't invented yet.

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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391325
12/06/18 03:20 AM
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When my daughter was young I would have her help skinning rats. Almost to the count they would all have cyclops eyes. I still praised her and paid her well.

Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391336
12/06/18 03:36 AM
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I didn't big eye my first one last sunday, but I mangled the heck out of his mouth pretty bad bad.

Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391376
12/06/18 05:14 AM
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Alright guys, here come the photos, at my own expense. I hope you all enjoy.

This coon was the first fur bearer I have ever skinned, and no one taught me anything in person, and I didnt think to wacth YouTube until after the fail on the face. This was the week before last, and I am 35 years old. Tail came off in 3 or 4 pieces.
[Linked Image]

Here is the first fox I ever caught the next day. I watched Coon Creek Outfitters after the first coon. Helped a lot with the fox. I actually caught a pair of fox the second time I checked my traps. I have a line of 7 traps. Tail in 3 pieces, no puller.
[Linked Image]

Fox #2 was much better, but he had a funny look on his face, and two tails.
[Linked Image]

Coon #2 was obese. He was a complete fat butt. Made my 2nd coon a learning experience that much more. 2 tails
[Linked Image]

Coon #2 again. He was super fat.
[Linked Image]

Stuck both my fox on a piece of red oak I cut out. Im freezing all the fur I get until the end of the season and buying proper stretchers. I learned that much.
[Linked Image]

I also caught a opossum, but wasn't dumb enough to take a picture of that, I want to forget that one. The opossum was 5 min before the 1st coon, I was proud of that coon originally. You may notice a razor blade in that first coon. Yeah, I used that, and the exacto knife you may see. I was second guessing myself on using my butcher kit for stuff I eat. Then I remembered, Christmas BEFORE winter bow season! So I used my processing kit from then on and will buy another for stuff I eat.

Just stick to busting my chops over the skins and not my messy shop. It was spotless like a month ago, but that was because I prepped for a bunch of work, did the work, bought a bunch of stuff, and havent had time to clean it up because trapping is addictive. I also heard skinning fur bearers next to dana 44s is good luck. JK I am going to devote a corner to trapping, Im hooked.

I had catches the fist three checks. a opossum and coon day 1, 2 fox day 2, and a coon day 3. Now I have nothing 3 days in a row. That made it more addictive. At first I thought this was too easy. Now Its more like fishing, not catching. I like that.



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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391411
12/06/18 10:27 AM
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doing put up for country buyers for 30 plus years has given me the opportunity to see it all BUT,i've always tried to help all i could and am more impressed with those that try and fail than those that make no effort.


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: pcr2] #6391458
12/06/18 11:49 AM
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HAHA I'm glad i'm not the only one out here getting slapped in the face by the branches of the learning tree!!! This is my first year and i have done well on the coons but nothing else. i did try to skin my first coon, which was much different approach than the butcher job i used to do on all my rabbits and deer before starting trapping, however i had almost the same outcome. I got to his front paws and realized i couldn't pull the fur over his feet so i cut them off...in my excitement that i may have learned something new i immediately cut off his back feet to which was unnecessary and also made it impossible to hang him back up...grr.....i then got to his ears and did pretty well with those actually but i did triple the size of the eyes. Then there was the mouth....my coons face turned out exactly like the one in the pic from SwoleTrapper. I didn't pay any mind to the tail until this point, which i regret. needless to say that was an adventure all on its own as at that time i did not own a tail stripper..... my 8 year old daughter and my wife had fun at my expense over this one lol..

I have since then purchased a tail stripper, watched videos and practice on all rabbits (like they were coons, coyotes, or cats. I have also vowed to never skin a cat or coyote until i can get a coon worthy of only a few chuckles and not 5 minutes of laughter.) this is absolutely the funnest thing i have ever done...now if i could just catch something other than coons lol.

Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391470
12/06/18 12:19 PM
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Use a set of tree trimming loppers to take front feet off as soon as you hang the critters. I use them on all my critters except muskrat. Seems like every year I will end up with a few big eyes when I skin my first few. Not near as many as I used to. Seems I forget where the eyes are. Lol.


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391479
12/06/18 12:44 PM
12/06/18 12:44 PM
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This wouldn't be as funny if we all hadn't experienced it one time or another. I love that bttrapper shared all that with his family. lol


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391494
12/06/18 01:18 PM
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admitting i don't see as good as i used to and a pair of skinnin glasses has helped a lot too.


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: SwoleTrapper] #6391555
12/06/18 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by SwoleTrapper
Alright guys, here come the photos, at my own expense. I hope you all enjoy.

This coon was the first fur bearer I have ever skinned, and no one taught me anything in person, and I didnt think to wacth YouTube until after the fail on the face. This was the week before last, and I am 35 years old. Tail came off in 3 or 4 pieces.
[Linked Image]

Here is the first fox I ever caught the next day. I watched Coon Creek Outfitters after the first coon. Helped a lot with the fox. I actually caught a pair of fox the second time I checked my traps. I have a line of 7 traps. Tail in 3 pieces, no puller.
[Linked Image]

Fox #2 was much better, but he had a funny look on his face, and two tails.
[Linked Image]

Coon #2 was obese. He was a complete fat butt. Made my 2nd coon a learning experience that much more. 2 tails
[Linked Image]

Coon #2 again. He was super fat.
[Linked Image]

Stuck both my fox on a piece of red oak I cut out. Im freezing all the fur I get until the end of the season and buying proper stretchers. I learned that much.
[Linked Image]

I also caught a opossum, but wasn't dumb enough to take a picture of that, I want to forget that one. The opossum was 5 min before the 1st coon, I was proud of that coon originally. You may notice a razor blade in that first coon. Yeah, I used that, and the exacto knife you may see. I was second guessing myself on using my butcher kit for stuff I eat. Then I remembered, Christmas BEFORE winter bow season! So I used my processing kit from then on and will buy another for stuff I eat.

Just stick to busting my chops over the skins and not my messy shop. It was spotless like a month ago, but that was because I prepped for a bunch of work, did the work, bought a bunch of stuff, and havent had time to clean it up because trapping is addictive. I also heard skinning fur bearers next to dana 44s is good luck. JK I am going to devote a corner to trapping, Im hooked.

I had catches the fist three checks. a opossum and coon day 1, 2 fox day 2, and a coon day 3. Now I have nothing 3 days in a row. That made it more addictive. At first I thought this was too easy. Now Its more like fishing, not catching. I like that.


That top coon pic looks like the carcass has a mullet,,,HAHAHA,get it to sing achy breaky heart.


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391858
12/06/18 10:14 PM
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I'm in my 2nd year and so far the only coon that I didn't rip the tail in two was my first. I've yet to skin another coon without leaving a ball of fur halfway down the tail. My biggest problem tho is all my catches freezing before I can dry em enough to skin/flesh them out. Ice chunks in the fur, holes in the leather. Soon they'll be hanging in the house to thaw.. She's gonna love that

Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6391914
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Oh to be a Canadian and be born already knowing how to perfectly do all this stuff eh!

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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6392102
12/07/18 01:04 AM
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Thats not what fancy pants Trudeau says about you guys when he is in Mexico laugh


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Re: Okay Newbies........ [Re: HobbieTrapper] #6392159
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with their legal mary jane,you will still be born with those abilities just won't be able to remember them. laugh


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