I have read that red foxes are very prone to hair slip.I have one I skinned last year,it was salted and has been dried since then.I could use a few tips on maximizing my chances of tanning it without losing any hair.I believe it should be ok as far as bactieria,the weather was cold when I got it,but I have no idea how long it lay before I got it,maybe over night.It was in a snow bank when I picked it up (someone shot it)
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First thing I do when skinning any canine is either dip it in a pickle or use denatured alchol on the ears as you are skinning. The ears are very prone to slippage if not cared for during thawing.
Give them a coat of STOP-ROT when I get them in. Just a dab on the ears, eyes, nose, lips, and the toes. Then freeze for a few days before skinning and salting or tanning. It works wonders.
At this point I would go straight into the pickle with out rehydrating Just to be safe. If you have some... Use a rehydrator that can go in the pickle. Later, Joe