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Otter put up #7830279
03/26/23 06:51 PM
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Itís been almost 10 years since Iíve trapped an otter, then all the sudden Iíve had two in a week! Anyway, hereís my put up, critique away lol

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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7830288
03/26/23 07:08 PM
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Looks OK from the back side unless the white spots are fat, then it would need a bit more fleshing. What about the belly side, front legs tucked in or sewn shut and inspection window?

Last edited by bctomcat; 03/26/23 07:10 PM.

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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7830292
03/26/23 07:11 PM
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Looks like It needs a lot more fleshing. Those light spots must be fat and gristle. It needs to come off.
The tail dosen't look like it's been fleshed. At least It looks like the middle of the tail hasn't been fleshed.
And the base of the tail has a very thick gristle and that needs to be shaved down to the leather.

I would get It off the board and start over.
Sorry but that's how I see It.


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Re: Otter put up [Re: The Beav] #7830551
03/27/23 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Looks like It needs a lot more fleshing. Those light spots must be fat and gristle. It needs to come off.
The tail dosen't look like it's been fleshed. At least It looks like the middle of the tail hasn't been fleshed.
And the base of the tail has a very thick gristle and that needs to be shaved down to the leather.

I would get It off the board and start over.
Sorry but that's how I see It.

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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7830552
03/27/23 05:00 AM
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look down a couple posts to a couple otter and see what you think

Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832261
03/28/23 09:44 PM
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I think the tail is fine, looks like it is just bunched up. The white spots could maybe be the time of year? Observations from a newbie though.


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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832440
03/29/23 07:30 AM
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Thanks for the input. Thatís why I posted it, not for feel good but real feed back. Better luck on the next one. Out of curiosity, what does a little extra fat do to the hide if left on like this?

Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832523
03/29/23 09:24 AM
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It creates wet spots and the leather won't dry and will cause the fur to slip.
Did you flesh the tail?


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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832583
03/29/23 11:11 AM
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I'm no expert by any means, but here's what an otter put up could look like. [Linked Image]

Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832615
03/29/23 12:10 PM
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Looks like an expert job to me.


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Re: Otter put up [Re: The Beav] #7832616
03/29/23 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Looks like an expert job to me.


Thanks, but that's only otter #6 for me.

Re: Otter put up [Re: k snow] #7832637
03/29/23 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by k snow
Originally Posted by The Beav
Looks like an expert job to me.


Thanks, but that's only otter #6 for me.

Well then you are a very good pelt handler. What's the belly side look like, leg holes sewn/tacked closed, inspection window?

Last edited by bctomcat; 03/29/23 12:32 PM.

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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832643
03/29/23 12:34 PM
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I skin all my otter with their legs and feet on. No inspection window. I use them for craft purposes.

Thanks for the compliments. Call me sick in the head, but I enjoy being able to put up nice looking fur. I don't want to have any grease burn or hair slippage that is my fault.

Re: Otter put up [Re: k snow] #7832659
03/29/23 01:04 PM
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Thanks for the explanation. Excellent put up.


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Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832668
03/29/23 01:08 PM
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k snow, I would be interested to see how you board your otter with the feet on. Great pic!


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Re: Otter put up [Re: coondagger2] #7832675
03/29/23 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by coondagger2
k snow, I would be interested to see how you board your otter with the feet on. Great pic!


I don't have any pictures of the belly side. I pin the hind feet open on the belly side (6 pins per leg), down to the pads. I salt the pads lightly to help them dry.
The front legs I also lightly salt and I set the board at an angle so the legs hang away from the hide, no skin touching.

Re: Otter put up [Re: Black dogs] #7832676
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Do you make a cut on the front legs from the elbow to the pad? Or do you just "tube" them with no cuts?

I make a cut on my cats but with otters having such short front legs it may be possible to dry them "tubed" ?


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Re: Otter put up [Re: coondagger2] #7832689
03/29/23 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by coondagger2
Do you make a cut on the front legs from the elbow to the pad? Or do you just "tube" them with no cuts?

I make a cut on my cats but with otters having such short front legs it may be possible to dry them "tubed" ?


I cut the front legs open. I didn't on my first few, but the tannery did. So I just cut them now, it is a bit easier to skin them that way, for me.

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