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Best place to learn proper fur handling #7106408
12/26/20 11:47 AM
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I love to trap and have no problems skinning( could get faster) but fleshing and getting first class finished hides I have little experience with. Top it off each species is done differently. I have been shown and experimented a little but really want to be able to take pride and have the best finished product I can.

My scedual and distance makes it tough to get with the one guy (2hr drive) that is willing to help me learn. Yes I need to get my hands greasy and get to it and it's the only way to learn and get better and faster. My issue is being sure I have them clean enough with out taking them down to far

I have a freeze that needs empty of rolled up hides. Mostly coon, coyote, beaver, with a mink, outer, and red fox thrown in. Maybe I need to take a week or few days and get some fur handling instruction classes some guys offer. The best would be find someone with a passion for putting up fur that's close enought I could learn from.

It's part of the process I really need to work on. At this point I would be happy to even find someone I can pay to put it up just to empty out my freezer so I have a place to put critters I catch. When I'm away at work the boys 8 and 10 check the traps, then freeze the catch and I skin them when I get home from work.

I'm not sure what all I have it's not much. 15- 20 coons 5 or 6 coyotes, 7 beaver, a red fox. You get the idea. I dont trap anything but my 96 acer farm and a friends 100 a few weeks. It removes problem animals, alows my boys and I to get to trap and keeps it so they can check the line while I'm gone at work.

Once I learn and get good at putting up fur I will probably expand to run some 3 day checks and pull while I'm home but catching more when I'm not doing anything with what I have makes little sense.

Anyone have any recomendations on classes not to far from southern Indiana / Louisville area if I can't find a mentor fairly local? I not only want to be good from start to finish but be able to teach my boys as well as they get big enough. Thanks.


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106415
12/26/20 11:50 AM
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Exprience,trial and error.Also could join your local trappers organization and meet and talk to other trappers.


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106426
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There are videos out there that show fur handling in detail. This may be your best bet if you can't find someone local to help. Then it's just a matter of doing it and learning as you go. You'll make mistakes, and learn from them. It will take awhile, but you'll figure it out and the frustration will turn into satisfaction. Good luck!

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106431
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I butchered several before I got the hang of it. For me the biggest issue was learning how to use the fleshing knife to get down to bare skin without cutting through. People can tell you or show you all about proper knife angle and pressure and such, but for me,it came down to just doing it and getting a feel for how hard to push it how much to slice. I just had to be willing to toss out a bunch of sliced up hides before I got it.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106439
12/26/20 12:18 PM
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Join your state trappers association for instance the Montana Trappers Association has fur handling clinics across the state it's a valuable resource that many folks take advantage of.
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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106442
12/26/20 12:19 PM
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As was mentioned, videos can be a big help. Also, you may want to reach out to Charlie Masheck at Hoosier Trapper Supply. He has a very good fur handling DVD on the market, and I bet he could be of assistance.


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106443
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There is no substitute for just doing it. You can buy a couple fur handling videos, watch them, and then get to it. Every year it seems to take me a bit to relearn just how hard I can push things and then after one or two I'm back to fleshing things out with a steady rhythm. You just absolutely have to get your hands dirty and just learn.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Cameron Kelsey] #7106462
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Originally Posted by Cameron Kelsey
As was mentioned, videos can be a big help. Also, you may want to reach out to Charlie Masheck at Hoosier Trapper Supply. He has a very good fur handling DVD on the market, and I bet he could be of assistance.


I think they are up by indy. I have been planning to get up to there shop sometime just haven't been able to dedicate to the trip.


I work in one state trapping organization district and live in another. I joined the one I work in last winter at their fund raising fur sale. I planed to join the one I live in as well but never got around to it. Never got anything from the one I joined other than the card saying I did.

Its rough being gone for work 3-5 days at a time then trying to keep up with the family and get the farm off the ground when I'm off. I really have limited time esp during hunting, trapping, maple trapping, gardening, ect.. season.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106466
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Google coon creek outdoors. He has videos for everything. Then go at it yourself. Experience is your best teacher. Good luck


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106471
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Where are you located in Indiana? I'd be happy to show you what I know.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106472
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Practice on worthless coons and possums

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Turtledale] #7106497
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Originally Posted by Turtledale
Google coon creek outdoors. He has videos for everything. Then go at it yourself. Experience is your best teacher. Good luck

X2. His videos are very good about the details of what you do for each species.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106505
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Here's a couple of excellent videos to provide you guidance. Then only practice will make you better.
https://youtu.be/7Bv9dAMAubc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTP-XZtxRSY

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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106510
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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106531
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Does the wisconsin trap assoc still put out that video from NAFA on fur handling?


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106540
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I learned everything I know about put up right here lol. The archives is full of great info. I always get compliments on my handling from buyers


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106542
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Is this the one your talking about black spot ?


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106545
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If you can swing it, spend some time in different fur sheds. Especially the ones that excel in their fur handling skills.

Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106569
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One of the bright sides of cheap fur prices is now is the time learn put ups.
Doing the is the best way to learn, videos can help but fleshing done alot by feel.


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Re: Best place to learn proper fur handling [Re: Providence Farm] #7106666
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From your local mentors too.


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