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Fleshing A Mink

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Bigjon2, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Bigjon2

    Bigjon2 New Member

    Hi, I am new to taxidermy and am trying to do my second mount (The first was a fox squirrel that came out pretty good) which is a mink. I am not exactly certain how you are supposed to flesh a mink. I am not new to fleshing, as I trap and have done my share of hide preparation, but I have never come across a mink before and am not certain how to flesh for taxidermy. Would you flesh a mink similar to a muskrat in terms of not taking off the red saddle? Do you remove the saddle? Or is a mink fleshed the same way for taxidermy as for the fur market?
    Also, does anyone know of a good tutorial for mounting an open mouth for a mink that I could find?
    Thanks so much for the help! Any bit is really appreciated!
  2. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    for taxidermy you must remove the saddle to get at the fat layer under it
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  3. Bigjon2

    Bigjon2 New Member

    So anything that is red that is on the back has to come off?
  4. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Anything that is not skin needs to come off. I am not familiar with a specific tutorial on open mouth mink, but anything on small mammals will be the same principles. Just take a good look at the natural mouth/teeth from the skull of the mink and get some photo references of live mink that will help you make species specific adjustments.
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  5. Bigjon2

    Bigjon2 New Member

    Thank you for the help! I’ll try that!