Submitted by KATY on 1/1/01. ( SM11@HOTMAIL.COM )

I found 2 beaver that were hit by a car by my house and want to skin and tan them. they were fresh kill but rigor mortis has set in as I looked for help. I found a web site that gave step by step instructions on how to skin them but I do not know what kind of knife to use, what to do about the head, and what to do after I strech and salt it. how long do you leave the salt on? What is pickeling? Obviously I have many questions could soneone please e mail me with some help? thank you for the help you can give

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This response submitted by George on 1/1/01. ( )

I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you walking into a analytical calculus class after having only finished basic math. You have picked undoubtedly the most frustrating and nasty creatures on God's green earth to start your education with. Beavers can run MY day and I've been doing this for awhile. And from the sounds of it, you don't have enough equipment to start properly.

Skinning any animal takes a very sharp instrument and scalpels are the best. You have to skin the animal out completely (including the head, feet, toes) and then you have to remove every vestige of red meat (on a beaver, that includes all that nasty greasy smelly fat) and then you have to remove the lips, eyelids, open the ear cartilages and remove the tail. Then you salt.

My best advice is to toss those things or contact a local trapper to show you some basics. Personally, I think you're biting off more than you can chew at one time. Pickling is a long way down the road from where you are now.

Inflatable Beaver

This response submitted by John C on 1/2/01. ( )

Grandpappy, shoed me many years ago the easy way to skin a beaver.

First get a basketball needle file the end like a HYPODERMIC NEEDLE then inflate with about 70 psi air pressure, you may have to do this in different areas to swell the skin lose. This breaks all the hard crap loose. Now skin your favorite way. Oh a word of warning do this only from the side of the beaver, never stand behind or in front of the beast. JOhn C//


This response submitted by Miss LL on 1/13/01. ( )

Batman... are you serious? Can this be done to any mammal?!?



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