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First Time #7713253
11/09/22 06:53 PM
11/09/22 06:53 PM
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Dan OConnor Offline OP
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This is our first year trapping and we got our first raccoon. This is the first time I've cased and fleshed a pelt. I brushed him out then skinned him. After that I flipped it fur out and rolled it nose to tail, then bagged and in the fridge overnight to harden the fat. Then fleshing and boarding.

I'd love any feedback on the process I used and the final result. [Linked Image]
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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7713306
11/09/22 07:29 PM
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You need to get the saddle off. Thats the hard gristley part behind the ears and down the neck area. Probably need to use the sharp side of your knife. Make sure to push, not slice sideways. Maybe a touch more fleshing down by the skirt also. Not bad for your first time, doesn't look like it went through a chipper shredder.

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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7713455
11/09/22 09:10 PM
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Cut the front legs off at the body.






Re: First Time [Re: Monster Toms] #7713560
11/09/22 10:49 PM
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100 Mile House, BC Can
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Originally Posted by Monster Toms
Cut the front legs off at the body.
And nail or sew them closed.


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Re: First Time [Re: bctomcat] #7713745
11/10/22 07:31 AM
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What is the purpose of cutting the legs off and sewing them shut?

I will try to get the saddle off but it has been boarded for about 18 hours. Can I do more harm than help if its dried?

Also my plan for this one is to have it sent out to be tanned and keep it as a wall hanger since its our first catch. How would it be affected by not fleshing enough?

Thanks for all the feedback.

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7713768
11/10/22 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan OConnor
What is the purpose of cutting the legs off and sewing them shut?

I will try to get the saddle off but it has been boarded for about 18 hours. Can I do more harm than help if its dried?

Also my plan for this one is to have it sent out to be tanned and keep it as a wall hanger since its our first catch. How would it be affected by not fleshing enough?

Thanks for all the feedback.


You should try tanning it yourself. The skin looks good, raccoons are tough because of how much fat they have. Looking forward to seeing more from you, year 2 for me starts in 10 days. Great job!

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7713928
11/10/22 11:17 AM
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1st time, not bad need belly board.

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7713988
11/10/22 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan OConnor
What is the purpose of cutting the legs off and sewing them shut?
General put up appearance


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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7714173
11/10/22 05:13 PM
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That extra flesh/fat/grissel in the neck area will hamper the drying process.depending on heat and humidity that can lead to hair slippage.
I would try to shave off the meat/flesh/grissel in the neck/shoulder area and anywhere else the skin is not drying.


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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7714331
11/10/22 07:52 PM
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If you are going to market it maybe pull the back legs around towards the tail. This brings more hair into the inspection window. Agree also a little more work from the ears to the shoulders.

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7715353
11/11/22 09:48 PM
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Check out Coon Creek Outdoors on youtube Stu has some great fur handling vids for each species. Skinnung fleshing and boarding. Not only does he show how, he explains why. Ive reccomended his fur handling series to many new trappers at our trappers ed classes over the years.

Re: First Time [Re: TrapprChris] #7715909
11/12/22 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by TrapprChris
Check out Coon Creek Outdoors on youtube Stu has some great fur handling vids for each species. Skinnung fleshing and boarding. Not only does he show how, he explains why. Ive reccomended his fur handling series to many new trappers at our trappers ed classes over the years.

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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7717032
11/13/22 09:03 PM
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Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7718441
11/15/22 05:16 PM
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That looks much better than my first ones. Dont't forget the belly board, you will regret it when it comes time to get it off the board.

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7720911
11/18/22 01:22 PM
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Welcome to the trapping fraternity Dan O'Connor

Re: First Time [Re: Dan OConnor] #7762301
01/04/23 04:40 AM
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