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combing and washing fur

What works best for you guys, Do you brush out your furs before or after you skin the animal? What about washing the dirt out of the fur? If you wash them how dry should they be before fleshing?
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Re: combing and washing fur

I comb before I skin. Then I comb again after the skin is off before fleshing to make sure there are no gobs in the fur. I will then comb again after they come off the stretchers and then one more quick go over the best I can before I take them to the buyer or ship them.


Muddy coons are usually caught near water for me. I just grab a back leg and submerge it in the creek or whatever and swish it around awhile. If I wash a coon in a washing machine like a coyote I do it before I flesh it. I don't use soap on coons. If you flesh it first the leather will be dirty looking. Coyotes I flesh first then wash. Then you don't get the animals own grease on the fur.

One of the best compliments a trapper can get is that they really handle their fur well. It also shows respect for the animal and for the folks that around us that see how we care for what we do.


And if my wife knew that I've washed yotes in her washing machine............
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Re: combing and washing fur

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And if my wife knew that I've washed yotes in her washing machine............
IF you ship them, the stuff that gets sold fur side out gets tumbled anyway no matter what before it gets displayed. So IF you are shipping them I'd probably stop risking it. I don't even wanna know what would happen if I got caught taking a coyote out of the washing machine.... I've been caught stealing combs and blowdryers enough to guess what would happen though... lol

How do your clothes smell btw? Stray dogs follow you around? lol

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