Re: How to preserve squirrel tail?
Lacking a tail stripper (extremely cheap), you can use a small pair of pliers that have hole circles in the jaw. Split a straight line on the underside of the tail about 3/4" and strip it back that amount on the thick end of the bone, put the small hole in the jaws around the stripped portion, use another pair of pliers or vice grips to grab the thick part of the tail bone and PULL sharply. The tail hide will catch against the side of the plier jaws and the bone will cleanly slip completely out of it. I then insert a grooved umbrella stave in the tail and with a scalpel but an exacto will also work, carefully following the groove split it in a straight line down the underside. Can be done without the stave but with a tail that delicate you will have to go slow to ensure the tail doesn't twist as you split it, gets quite delicate when you get to the very tip.
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