Sorry I don't have a video of skinning an otter yet. I usually use my skinning machine and place one clamp at the base of the tail. Otter are not an easy animal to skin! The next otter I catch, I will do a video.
if you will take and pull the skin down over the belly area things go a lot easier from there. I skin my down to the belly area then wrap the tail around the upright on my skinning maching and hold it by hand while my winch is pulling the reast of the way
Well, I realize this is an older post, just stumbled on it. It is something I have a lot of experience with. You don't need a skinning machine, when pulling off the skin, grab folded over edge with your knuckles inward, facing the carcass, and instead of pulling the hide down, grip and roll your knuckles inward, pulling the hide OUT, down and away from the meat instead of just downward. I can do one on the spot in 10 minutes or less. I'm talking big, saltwater dwelling 25 to 40 pounders. The hind end and tail take a little finesse, but once past the hind legs, it comes off pretty easy once you get it down. I'm 6'4', 300 lbs and I can hang on one till i'm blue in the face. A little guy showed me this trick, (he gets over 40 a year).
very important,mist yore otter,never let the fur dry.will singe very easy so do not comb more than hlf to.split tail all the way down,half to to flesh any way.no fast way to skin,hangs on.flesh with 2 handle knife on rond beam.carv the collor to start and when down a bit the knife works well.r tuff,afer 3 r 4 gets easier.when stretching,keep tail wide and short,solid board with high shim,or won;t get off when dry,fold tail into cavity to protect the fur.when stretched.take a window out of belly almost o belly button good luck.no fast way,just faster as yew go.sask northern trapper,do lots
Well my brother in law and myself salvaged a roadkill otter. Neither of us are very experienced, but I've skinned and tanned a few animals here and there. The skinning went fairly easy, but the fleshing....so much fat in the tail and difficult to clean all the meat off the body. Very time consuming. I dont have boards or a fleshing knife and I'm sure that complicated things. In the end I was able to keep the main body section and i think it will turn out ok. It was quite the experience and I'd give it another shot if I could
Little tip , from the old fart -- razor blade knife one with the hooked blade - on it's back .. hook your blade at heal-straight across - now from that cut straight down the tail at center -SLOWLY - to tip - I use a Beaver knife both sides of the tail .. then work the hide [flipped over] till you get the legs free - from there just hook a choke chain below the hips [body] and hook the hide up on the skinning mach. - pretty easy if this old fart can do it - let the mach. do the work that hide is tuff so don't worry about tearing it -D-