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Washing coyotes #7445494
12/30/21 09:26 AM
12/30/21 09:26 AM
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Henry Co, IL
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Yes, I've watched the videos. Great idea. I have one on the stretcher that I rinsed with the hose a few days ago before the cold and snow showed up. But not totally satisfied, the neck still is too dirty. Skinned one yesterday that is quite dirty. My only temporary answer to that is to put in the freezer today and clean/flesh/stretch later. But, moving forward I know I need a different plan. For you folks that do wash pelts can we go over the sequence of steps after skinning that seems to work the best? Pros and cons.

I know some wash with shampoo and rinse with softener. I know some just run a rinse cycle. Coon Creek refrigerates his after hang drying before fleshing. Is there a problem with the fur clumping after being soaked in the washer?

It's possible I could come up with a used washed at auction and install in my basement where I dry fur before next year.

Any and all comments are welcome. Thanks.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7445523
12/30/21 09:59 AM
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I wash a few coyotes every season that have been caught in sets made in plowed or harvested bean fields. I now try to avoid these locations and set in hay or grass areas if possible to avoid these muddy animals as much as possible.

I just dry rub the bloody coyotes with borax in a dusting plastic garment container I use for that purpose. Then comb out as needed.

Some times it just can't be helped in getting muddy animals if you keep using the same catch circle to set up again and again. I spray a little simple green cleaner in a 5 gal bucket and fill as needed with water. I have a second bucket with plain cold rinse water that I use after a good washing in the first bucket.

I bought an old self standing hand wringer washer used in the old days for laundry work at a trappers convention years ago.. It has an adjustable spring tension setting that allows for the thickness that you need and that does a good job at removing excess water.

After wringing out well I shake and hang the hides until dry. Sometimes I hang outdoors sometimes indoors with a fan running on them. Depends upon the weather and temps. I do have an old dryer with the heating element removed that I run when I have several hides to dry. I keep some old towels handy that I run in the tumbler to help absorb the moisture works well.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7445848
12/30/21 05:30 PM
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I just rinse them off a few times in a bucket, dry as well as possible with some old bath towels, hang up fur side out, then flesh and board the next day.
Flip them the day after.


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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7445989
12/30/21 08:22 PM
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I have a plain old in your house washing machine in the shop. Flesh, sew, throw in the washer with Sullivans livestock shampoo, little borax, regular cycle. Downey in the fabric softener unit. Take out, put in the fan box for 5 minutes or so and on to the board.






Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446014
12/30/21 08:46 PM
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i think coon creek just puts his coons in fridge overnight. i do same thing. sets the fat to where it not as greasy or runny.

as far as washing everything i catch other than beaver, otter, or rats get a wash in cold water rinse only with downy fabric softener. hang it overnight to dry and flesh next morning.
it does make a difference.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446146
12/30/21 10:33 PM
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I wash my coyotes by hand in the utility sink with cold water and Dawn dish soap. I used to do the same to bobcats but the last year I just washed/rinsed them in water, no soap and was very happy with the results. I always wash after fleshing, although if I have a mud caked coyote I will rinse the chunks out of his fur so that I don't have any bumps when fleshing to cut a hole on.

I just hang them outside on a nail and starting at the head, squeeze all the water I can out with my hand, let them hang for a bit while I am doing the next one, squeeze what additional water has collected at the bottom of the hide out, then snap them dry (grab them by the nose and snap them like snapping a towel, a half dozen or dozen times) then put them on the board.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446174
12/30/21 11:03 PM
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For muddy coyotes I wash them in a tub with clear cold water, then rinse with a garden hose until completely clean. I then hang them by the nose and start rubbing from top to bottom , pushing the water off. If itís windy I will hang over night and skin the next day . If itís not windy I will use the air hose and run from top to bottom and then let it hang over night. [Linked Image]
I do get a few muddy ones every year .

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446343
12/31/21 07:28 AM
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I wash all coyotes in a old wringer washer. The first wash is with just cold water to get most of the sand out. Then the second wash I use Mane and Tail. Its a shampoo used for show horses. Let drip dry, flesh, then board. The shampoo really makes them shine, plus gets most of the funk smell off. I don't put up hundreds a year either.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446346
12/31/21 07:34 AM
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Drying wet fur- Leaf Blower works

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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446362
12/31/21 08:16 AM
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I dunk my coyotes after skinning, in a five gallon bucket of clear water...if really bad I add a little dawn dish soap and rinse. I can't seem to skin coyotes without getting a lot of blood on them so the rinsing works best for me after skinning to get them all cleaned up.
Squeeze out as much water as possible nose to tail then give them a good snap or two out in the yard, like snapping a towel, holding by head while snapping them, to get a little more water out and puff them up a bit. Hang by nose with a fan on them.
Flesh after a day of drying with a fan and give another snap or two to fluff em up more, and board em up.
Jim

Last edited by jabNE; 12/31/21 08:19 AM.

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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446382
12/31/21 08:33 AM
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Henry Co, IL
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Thanks everyone.

Golf ball, I remember seeing that picture before. So far I haven't had any THAT bad.

I have sprayed/rinsed before and hung in the back yard tree previously. Works good on a sunny, breezy day. Not so much with snow on the ground.

I will come up with a plan and be ready for next season. Lasy day for me is today.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446427
12/31/21 09:18 AM
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I avoid washing coyotes at all costs.

If I absolutely have to wash them, I do it after fleshing and initial leather out drumming, cold water, purex or woolite with a dash of vetrolin, double rinse cycles, hang leather out for a spell than drum leather out a second time.

Pain in the keister.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: jabNE] #7446452
12/31/21 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by jabNE
I dunk my coyotes after skinning, in a five gallon bucket of clear water...if really bad I add a little dawn dish soap and rinse. I can't seem to skin coyotes without getting a lot of blood on them so the rinsing works best for me after skinning to get them all cleaned up.
Squeeze out as much water as possible nose to tail then give them a good snap or two out in the yard, like snapping a towel, holding by head while snapping them, to get a little more water out and puff them up a bit. Hang by nose with a fan on them.
Flesh after a day of drying with a fan and give another snap or two to fluff em up more, and board em up.
Jim


This seems to be the advantage of a washing machine. Don't spend all the time trying to keep blood off the pelt when skinning or handling. Just let them get bloody and dump them in a washer to clean the blood out. Drying would be the negative, but if you have the space and ability to let them hang dry with out a lot of fuss it seems washing in a washer would be less work than constant blood control and/ or spot clean up.


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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446788
12/31/21 03:27 PM
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I use to wash my coyotes but no more unless extremely filthy. I find it to be a waste of time and effort as any dust/dirt in the fur from the animalís day to day activities that canít be easily blown out with a shop vac after they are boarded fur out, the auction house will remove it in their drumming process. As far as blood stains go, they are easily taken care of with minimal hand washing of heavy clots and then with borax after the pelt has been boarded and dried. I have never seen where washing gave me a better price and I most always do better than the sale average.

Re the borax treatment, once the skin as dried and the fur turned out I work considerable dry borax powder into the stained areas, let set for 10-15 minutes and then comb, brush, and shake the borax out. Using this borax treatment method works extremely well as can be seen in the following before and after pictures. As well as removing blood stains the borax also cleans and brightens the fur.
The pelt drumming process will further clean the fur and bring out some luster to it.

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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7446969
12/31/21 07:09 PM
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Henry Co, IL
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I have used the borax treatment on smaller areas before.

But clotted mud is a whole different problem.

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7447096
12/31/21 08:41 PM
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I wash them all with a dash of mane and tail horse shampoo. Spin them or snap them a time or 3. Hang them over night and throw them in the freezer the next morning.


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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7447108
12/31/21 08:48 PM
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Well what reason not to wash them then???
Or the reason to wash them ???
I think is a place to start.
Not how to wash them


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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7447146
12/31/21 09:18 PM
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I think the Mane and tail shines them up. Itís not going to turn a crap coyote into a top lot but in my opinion itís pays me back. Iíve sold a ton over the years that I didnít wash but itís part of my system now. To each his own.

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Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7447186
12/31/21 09:46 PM
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Nice work on some of those skins , guys.
In the old days, dawn detergent and warm 'soapy' water.
Quick, easy, worked.


( still , I can't wash an Ohio coyote and make it pretty as a Montana pale, no matter how hard I try ) lol laugh

Re: Washing coyotes [Re: 3togo] #7447204
12/31/21 09:57 PM
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My buyer uses a washing machine on most yotes. I wash muddy yotes with a hose then air dry or leaf blower before skinning. Wash in cattle tub with mild detergent before fleshing.




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