hello everyone I live in the east mountains outside ABQ. N.M. i'm new here & some what new to trapping. after 30 years of looking at my traps hanging on the shop wall I got them ready & started running some coyote sets the first of this year. i'm semi retired after battling cancer a few years back & losing all my customers (I have a small wood shop) I needed a way to make a few bucks & keep myself busy. i'm a little to ruff around the edges for a wallmart greeter. LOL I have caught 5 fox since the first & can't remember exactly how to get them ready for sale. I have frozen the first 4 & have the 5th skinned but I saw a video that said not to freeze them wet. so I have the 5th in a baggie.
should I just air dry it before I flesh it? i'm not very good at fleshing so I"m hoping sell them without cutting holes all in them.
can I flesh them after they have been frozen with all the meat & fat ?
someone please help me get these taken care of. i'd hate to go to all this work & lose money on them!
Welcome madbear!!! You have found a site here that you will like and get knowledge from seasoned pro's. In my opinion, I would flesh as soon as I skinned it. The one fox you put in a baggie you probably should freeze for now. I have put skin side in, rolled up, put in a zip-lock bag and froze for a few days, not a whole season though. I use a fleshing tool like this for fox, and thinned skinned pelts. www.minntrapprod.com/Fleshing-Tool/productinfo/FLT-01/. What tool do you flesh fox with? Do you have a beam?
Post by thumbcatcher on Jan 16, 2014 20:50:57 GMT -5
If I get a muddy Critter & Wet, some I will wash on the carcus like Coon or possums , and hang in front of a fan over night and by morning there good to go. Fox & Coyotes, I skin, wash, hang in front of a fan over night then take care of business after that or Freeze but only if the fur is dry, If I am to that stage it would be rare that I would freeze.. With Yours I would wash, use some woolite fabric softerner in your water and let them dry infront of a fan. Make sure you ring all the excess water out of the pelt before you hang to dry in a heated area. The fabric softner helps get burns out while combing and makes the fur real full looking.
Might caution you on Fleas? Made that mistake already this year, If I am going to wash the pelt and there is fleas I use a Shampoo for dogs that kills ticks and fleas. and add my woolite.
Those that are frozen should be washed also. Hope this helps. Bob