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TylerDeckFFEMT 12-27-2010 02:19 AM

Tail Stripping Problem
Cut Another Foxes Tail off... coulda cried, ya do all that work with traps, and skinning and then you do something stupid like that.

Once the tail is out, how do you split the tail open for drying?

Also, how does this mess with the value of this red fox?

Finally, how long can I leave animals on the round in my garage before I skin them?

col_klink 12-27-2010 02:23 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
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.

col_klink 12-27-2010 02:25 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
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.

trapper tim 12-27-2010 02:36 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
It doesn't look good but I've got in a hurry and have done the same thing and never been docked on it when I sold.

Buckshot1822 12-27-2010 03:15 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
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......

George 12-27-2010 04:01 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
Not to hijack the thread BUT.....what is the correct method to remove the tail bone before splitting.

TylerDeckFFEMT 12-27-2010 05:38 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
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.

Renny28 12-27-2010 09:40 AM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
Push the critter and tail... don't pull the stripper.

Quick and easy. I like to do this before I finish skinning.

Fairchild #17 12-27-2010 10:09 AM

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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.

Lugnut 12-27-2010 02:35 PM

Re: Tail Stripping Problem
What Renny28 said...been using the stripper and zipper for years...very fast and easy.

We do still rip the occasional tail off with the stripper...usually when in too much of a hurry and usually a young fox, they have thin skin and tear easily.

Never been docked at the fur dealer for a tailless fox.

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