I didn't see a tips and tricks post in any of the fur handling sections, so let's put some out for all to learn!! Please post one tip, then wait for a bit to let others post one, then post another tip if you have one. feel free to expand these tips into full blown discussions in another thread!! If you have pictures or a video showing your trick, please feel free to add them! Let the tips and tricks begin!!!
If you want to make the whites of your coyote pelts a bit whiter, add about 2 tablespoons of pure bleach to your washing/rinsing solution while washing the pelt. It won't make a PA coyote into a montana pale, but it will enhance the white a bit more and maybe get you one better grade for clarity!
Getting blood in the fur of your K9s can be quite a pain to remove!
Slightly dampen the blood spots, add borax and rub it untill it pops right out! after the blood is not visable but there is still borax in the fur you can either comb, or blow the remainin borax out with a air compressor, or your regular fur comb! Makes removing those blood spots real easy!
Post by pappasmurf on Jan 28, 2012 17:14:44 GMT -5
Oh, and from experience,lol, make sure the head is on the board centered and pulled down tight before stapling or pinning the hide at the base of the board. Otherwise its a re-do, and costs extra time.
Use rachet limb trimmers....they work far better and easier then regular ones. I use them on coon, coyote, cats, badger, beaver, etc...lay your coon in a line on the floor, take off the front feet just above the first joint....saves time and effort on the skinning machine. Tom
On those coon that are right on the edge of being white but not quite there, rub them the leather side down with a heavy concentraction of dish soap and water and it will lighten up the leather a little. It won't take a September caught coon and look like a late november coon, but it will help a little. Oh this also aids in the drying time as it helps pull the grease out!
Never pile warm critters on the line all in one area of the vehicle, spred them out and when you get back to the shop lay them out belly down on a cold surface to prevent slippage and spoiling of the pelts!!
Born in the Big City will die in the Country OK with that!!!