How are you stripping the tail? I use the tail strippers that you can buy at most trapper supply places. If your in a pinch go to the hardware store and get the razor shingle blades. They have a hook kinda like a deer hook. That's what I use to make opening cuts on most critters.
Guess I should have said tail splitters not stripper. Anyhow you can leave them overnight I have left them hang overnight and skin the next day not a problem here. I've caught some in the middle of the thaw muddy as heck washed them off hung in the basement to dry skinned the next day again no problems.
This thing right here is worth its weight in gold..........It makes it very simple to make a nice straight split down the tail.........just jam this in and run your knife down the length of it and the tail is split......
Buckshot I was just looking at that! I put in an order on fnt yesterday so I'm sure it wont ship till tomorrow, going to call and ask if they can throw it in with my other stuff because alone for just that the shipping was $7! But I do think that would solve all my problems!
George, I try to cut in a stright line down the tail till the point where I can use a tail puller and pull the rest of the tail out.
There are enough animals in the woods and birds in the air for all of us...
Good advice Renny, and you can't get any slicker than those cheap two finger splitters.
With that being said, I just tore the tail off a beautiful gray the other day because I was stupid and in a hurry. I wanted to skin, wifey wanted me to help bake, clean house, decorate, set up chairs and table, wrap presents, comb the dogs, etc............I think she needs a hobby.