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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: racoon mounts
Coons do require the fleshing and if you skin one cold or if it's a big fat one, it does take longer than a fox. However it seems to take me the same time to skin a coon for fur as a fox, and if I let the pelt get cold, the fleshing is pretty quickly done. Where I get nitpicky is the coon board and how many pins I use on the rump/tail section LOL.
Skinning a coon or fox takes about the same time for taxidermy, though those coon toes can be a PIA sometimes. I have to flesh the foxes ( incl reds) for mounting, as I do tan them in-shop (I also do the coons). It is easier to flesh the foxes fresh than after being in a pickle. I find that a fox has more detailing needed, thus takes more time to work on than a coon mount, so I charge less for a coon than a fox. And yes these all get a degreaser soak during the tanning process, and a nice shampoo and rinse right before the actual mounting.