I have a beaver that was damming up a creak and flooding my property. I have terminated him and would like to skin him out but I have never done so. Are there any pictures I can look at for advise? How about the tail? Oncce he is skinned how do I clean and perserve it.
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I once watched a native in Alaska skin out a beaver with the end of a sharpened moose bone. He had it as clean as a wistle without a single nick and he was very fast. Those guys also kept the meat and roasted them. I tried it and it was great. Mark, take it to a taxidermist, you will just destroy it.
The first beaver that I shot was last fall. I had help skin it. Previous to this, I had only watched my dad skin a deer. I sent it to a taxidermist (minus the tail) and it was about $125.00 here in Texas. The second beaver I shot, I skinned my self. You need a sharp knife. I used an exact-o blade because that's all I had. Try not to cut into the abdominal wall. Start at the tail and work to the head. I just shot a racoon and have salted the hide but haven't started the tanning process yet.