this might be a dumb question but i just started doin this. whenever i read tanning intructions it says "case the skin or split down the belly". what do those two things mean?
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Case(trapper skinning) Cutting the animal from one hind foot across under the tail to the other hind foot and turning the skin to the head. This is the least desirable for taxidermy purposes.
Split down the belly along the center line from anus to the chin (shorter depending on the final intentions). This is the usual procedure for a rug.
Dorsal cut is skinning the animal by cutting from the back of the head streight down the back to the tail, then dropping the skin down like a pair of pants. This is the best for lifesize mounts IMHO.