Here's the problem I just caught a fox in a snare and he's frozen. I have two questions. 1) the best way to thaw him to prevent bacteria growth as much as possible before skinning. I will probably send it to a tanner once it's skinned. 2) Any special tricks to strip the tail once it thaws. Last tail I did (maybe wasn't totally thawed) it ripped. Thanks in advance.
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If you know the fox is fresh, you should be able to set it out one evening, and skin it the next morning without trouble.
order a Tail stripper -- they work great. (you can also use 2 sticks/pencils/screwdrivers/etc.)
The way I skin most of my mammel tails is by placing the butt-end of the tail in a vise. With the tail hanging down, I then place the rounded section of the pliers around the tail and then push down on the pliers with gentle pressure. This has worked great for me.
I use ordinary wire strippers on tails.
That's the problem. I used a tail stripper and the tail ripped. I have successfully stripped two since then but I don't want a repeat performance of the bad one. I don't know if the tail was a little frozen still or if it was damaged in some way.