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Title: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Uncle Juju on November 18, 2019, 05:50:03 PM
So I just fleshed and boarded 2 raccoons last night.... I totally feel like I did it all wrong!  :dunno:
The hides still appear to have grease on them and a super thin layer of red meat in places. I got off everything I could. There are some spots where it is super clean but there are black spots... hair follicles I believe.
I am using a cheap fleshing knife that I got in the kit from F&T..... It is super dull!

I will be at the Trapping Class with my buddy so who ever is doing the demo will be getting a lot of questions. But I figured other a eine the same boat.

Thanks for any advice.
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Humptulips on November 18, 2019, 05:58:52 PM
So I just fleshed and boarded 2 raccoons last night.... I totally feel like I did it all wrong!  :dunno:
The hides still appear to have grease on them and a super thin layer of red meat in places. I got off everything I could. There are some spots where it is super clean but there are black spots... hair follicles I believe.
I am using a cheap fleshing knife that I got in the kit from F&T..... It is super dull!

I will be at the Trapping Class with my buddy so who ever is doing the demo will be getting a lot of questions. But I figured other a eine the same boat.

Thanks for any advice.

That would be me.
Big coon or small? Big coon I usually use something sharp on the back of the neck. A dull knife should work for the rest though.
I have some coons to flesh so I'll be prepared.
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Magnum_Willys on November 18, 2019, 05:59:19 PM
Been a long time since I was fleshing them - they are greasy but I never got docked on $ for it.  Once the skin starts hardening up you can take the big stuff off. 
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: lewy on November 18, 2019, 06:05:19 PM
Get yourself a good fleshing knife itís worth it, learning to flesh and put up fur is a challenge and takes practice, keep after it :twocents:
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: JakeLand on November 18, 2019, 06:16:14 PM
Post fleshing knives are the best IMO and his skinning knives too
Coons are good for practicing
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: lewy on November 18, 2019, 06:27:40 PM
 :yeah:  I ordered one up after a recommendation from Jake and am very pleased with it
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Uncle Juju on November 18, 2019, 08:30:28 PM
I know there is a lot of opinion..... but would you run a sharp knife or dull? :dunno:
Raccoons aren't worth much but like ya said good practice, really don't want to screw up my first cat or coyote!
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Turner89 on November 18, 2019, 08:46:25 PM
Unfortunately your going to have some damaged furs while your learning. That's just how it is. Every time you put a pelt up you will get better.
  If you get some cats and coyotes either get someone to help you out or out them in the freezer until you get more confidence.
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Carp Commander on November 19, 2019, 06:58:46 AM
I use a heavier fleshing knife for coon. Start with a sharp side, below the ears. Unless it is an old boar you should be push (dull knife) from mid neck to finish. Cold fat is much easier to deal with. All my coons go to the freezer just long enough to get the fat cold. Repetition is the key!
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: DishBogget on November 19, 2019, 06:02:18 PM
The good news is in this market itís a great time to learn fur handling. Holes and tears arenít as painful at these prices.


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Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Magnum_Willys on November 19, 2019, 06:24:24 PM
Wow! Those are nice Carp!
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: predatorpro on November 19, 2019, 09:43:28 PM
I learned a secret a few years when it comes to coons....i hate to even share this its such a good tip but here it is...dont trap raccoons!  Well there it is! Thats the best trapping advice i got!
Title: Re: Fleshing.... how to, knives,etc
Post by: Uncle Juju on November 24, 2019, 09:36:28 AM
After yesterday's trapping class and watching Bruce, I'm going to put some more Edge on my fleshing knife. Not super sharp but definitely more than it has now.
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