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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: fleshing and stretching??
I've had some big coons over the years (20 pounds or so) that after fleshing were quite big, so they went to the "hat collection", which means they got prepped the usual way for fur, but went on big wire stretchers that I purposely let stretch them on the wide side. They came back tanned on the wide side too, and I could fit my patterns to them just fine.
I'd suggest that you flesh as you normally would if you were to sell to a buyer- and also dry them the same way. You don't need to fuss with "windows" in coon and mink bellies though.