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skinning device #6723265
01/10/20 09:14 AM
01/10/20 09:14 AM
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Barredowl Offline OP
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I am hoping someone will recognize what I'm going to try to describe and be able to tell me what its called or where I can find or how to build one. I was watching youtube videos the other night about a variety of trapping/fur handling related topics. I stumbled across a video of a guy demonstrating a device that was designed to help pull on hides with your foot/body weight instead of pulling with your hands. It basically consisted of a chain that connected to one end of a board approximately 2 feet in length which I suppose could be longer or shorter depending on preference. The other end of the chain passed through a hole in a piece of steel that allowed the chain slack to be pulled through one way but grab and hold when you stepped down on the board. It used a vise grip welded to the chain latch to grab the skin. So basically it allows you to pull the hide using your body weight by stepping on the board and leaving your hands free to use your knife as needed then when you need to pull the hide further you pull the chain up lifting the end of the board the chain is attached to and then stepping back down on the board to pull the hide further. If anyone recognizes what Im trying to describe Id like to pick one up or find instructions on how to build one. It basically does what a skinning machine does but is body weight powered and pulls down on the hide instead of up on the carcass. Might be handy to have when I double on coyotes way back off the road so I can just skin them instead of carrying out the carcasses and all. Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6723589
01/10/20 02:27 PM
01/10/20 02:27 PM
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my wife bought me one. I have not used it yet.

Info can be found here: https://traptags.com/product/skinners-friend/

Re: skinning device [Re: Bill from NJ] #6723643
01/10/20 03:04 PM
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Interesting...

Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6723665
01/10/20 03:26 PM
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I know what you are talking about. I bought an extra "Skinners Friend" last year at the NTA Nationals. I'm willing to let one of them go. If you're interested, PM me. Thanks.


Life Member: Iowa Trappers Association, Iowa Bowhunters Association & National Rifle Association
Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6743647
01/25/20 09:17 AM
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It looks like a wonderful way to get rid of some hard earned money for something that will slow down your skinning .
Even when I helped out at two different fur buyer's shops I was a proud member of the grip it and rip it club where upper body and hand strength ruled the day and a sharp knife .
Allan


Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6743787
01/25/20 11:13 AM
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Not everyone has the mass, strength or agility to do it that way unfortunately.

Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6744933
01/26/20 08:54 AM
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When you cant make a fist after pulling and ripping a few yotes with your worn out hands i think this would be a great alternative

Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6748750
01/28/20 11:56 PM
01/28/20 11:56 PM
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I much prefer an electric hoist, but I am probably biased.




Re: skinning device [Re: Barredowl] #6766614
02/11/20 04:17 PM
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Bought the skinners friend, used it on a few coons and otters. Works pretty good for my needs. I skin in a shed with limited height.

Re: skinning device [Re: VictorD] #6777138
02/20/20 10:23 AM
02/20/20 10:23 AM
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Iowa
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I skin in a shed with limited height.


There are electric options for that as well. Sort of a "Where there's a will, there's a way." type thing...





... of course if you wanted to go horizontal you could have a really low ceiling....

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More than one way to skin a cat ,,, well darn near everything. lol

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