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« on: April 12, 2008, 09:57:36 AM »

Last week sometime I found a road kill cottontail and decided to mount it, since I've never done a rabbit before. I got it skinned and was surprised at how thin and delicate the skin was. I cut SO many holes in the thing just skinning it!  I was wondering how I should go about fleshing it, I really don't want to damage it any more. I don't have a fleshing machine, so thats out of the question. Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008, 09:59:21 AM »

If there is any flesh on it just pinch it off with your fingernails. All of the rabbits I have skinned never had much flesh on them after skinning. Just pinch it and peel it off, like when you are removing ear cartilage.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008, 10:05:15 AM »

Yes, as Codi said, peel it off, using a fleshing machine on a rabbit is overkill, kind of like getting a drink out of a fire hydrant.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008, 01:04:46 PM »

If there is any flesh on it just pinch it off with your fingernails. All of the rabbits I have skinned never had much flesh on them after skinning. Just pinch it and peel it off, like when you are removing ear cartilage.
Okay, good to know. I hadn't thought of that. Also, should I bother turning the ears, or is it safer just to card them?
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008, 01:36:34 PM »

I can tell you a little about cottontail fleshing.. it is tough work! I just fleshed my first skin, and it was a cottontail (first-ever animal I got with a gun.. it could not have been something easier, lol.) I did mine by hand and used some sandpaper.. not sure the grit, but I got advice about this in the Tanning section of this forum.. it helped a lot. It just took patience and unfortunately for me, a few rips, until I actually got the gist of just how Thin the skin is. Being in a hurry, as I learned, is a great way to tear the poor skin in half.. I would sit comfortably at a table with sandpaper (and maybe some hard liquor!) and go at it when you have alot of time.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008, 11:41:31 PM »

fleshing a cottontail is like peeing in the ocean and trying to raise the sea level
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2008, 07:43:45 AM »

If I were you id be ready with the stop-rot too.  Dunno about your american bunnys but I often have trouble with slippage here in the uk.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2008, 08:58:55 AM »

If you have access to a bird flesher, you can use that, but still need to be pretty careful. I'd rather flesh grouse and huns than cottontails.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2008, 09:14:48 AM »

Mink:

It may be a challenge to you, but I would turn the ears and either make earliners or use and epoxy...like ear magic.  Two part epoxy from Wal-Mart will probably work.  If you just card the ears, they will eventually curl, and will slip to the point of being hairless.  Use your first rabbit as a learning experience...maybe do a Jack-o-lope...everybody loves them!!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2008, 08:41:47 AM »

fingernails and small scissors
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