Slippage on first red fox

Submitted by Matt on 2/18/05 at 9:58 PM. ( )

Help! I pulled a fox out of the freezer last night that was in there for over a month. This was the first red that I trapped and i wanted to mount it. I am fourteen years old and decided to trap this year so i could mount some of the things that i caught. When i started fleshing it on the fleshing beam, the hair started falling out in globs. The skin was really thin on the belly side after fleshing and the hair started falling out. Could i have fleshed it too thin. I just fleshed it till i got a uniform white color but should i leave some membrane on it so i do not get it to thin. I had salted it before i put it in the freezer and had most of the salt rinsed off but there was still salt on the tail. The weird thing was when i pulled it out of the freezer last night, the fox was not rock hard, i could move it and bend it. May the little salt left on it caused it from freezing? This was the only red fox i caught this year and I am so frustrated. Does somebody have a red fox that i could have if i payed shipping since i dont have much to spend. Thanks

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You answered your own question

This response submitted by Chris on 2/18/05 at 10:15 PM. ( )

To salt something and then freeze it makes absolutely no sense. However, don't feel bad their are alot of people who make that unfortunate mistake. Next time just flesh and salt dry it from the start.


Freezing it why ?

This response submitted by Leo on 2/18/05 at 10:51 PM. ( )

Hey Matt,
I must of missed some thing but maybe not.After you salt it you dont need to freeze it. Just store in a dry spot and it will be fine until you are ready to tan it. Leo

A note on freezing

This response submitted by Wolfe on 2/19/05 at 12:18 AM. ( )

McKenzie Tan and Rinehart's Cream Tan say to freeze after salting if you don't have time to finish before tanning.....FYI (Never made sense to me)


This response submitted by Matt on 2/19/05 at 10:00 AM. ( )

i use McKenzie tan too and i follow those directions to the t.

Awww, I'm sorry

This response submitted by Mandy on 2/23/05 at 1:19 AM. ( )

Don't flesh it next time. Fox dont need to be fleshed because they dont have much fat at all. I really feel for you, if I had a red fox, I'd definately give it to you. Good luck man.

red fox

This response submitted by curt on 2/28/05 at 12:50 AM. ( )

if you still need a fox send me an e-mail with your address and we will see what we can do about the shipping. i live and trap in alaska, i about 50 of them mixed red and white ones and i will have another hundred in about a couple of weeks. they are all skinned and froze, the ears and lips need to be turned and the tails need to be split, also a little meat and fat removed. and yes, fox need all the meat and fat removed before drying or your fur will slip

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