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Wahooooo!
This was my ninth trip out this year... it finally payed off! I went out in the middle of a snow storm at 7:20 Saturday night and didn't get to bed until 5:30 Sunday morning... I finally got one! I actually shot her at 9pm on my second set, but continued to hunt, the adrenaline was pumping.

https://picasaweb.google.com/111075654326745048320/RedFox2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCNKcxO_vi-eqGw

I won't do a full body mount, too much mola mola. I would like to simply tan it to hang on the wall.

Lesson learned tho. I am not at all prepared for a successful hunt :)

Now what.... I skinned it, and tried to flesh on my 2x6 weighed down with a car battery... that didn't work. Right now its sitting on a bucket in my cold garage.

Can I ship it as is to a tannery and they will flesh and finish? I'm not sure what to do next, just don't want to screw up and lose the fur...

Thanks!
 

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Fox dont usually need fleshed.....pull off the little bit of fat and meat and your done...

Take it to a taxidermist to have tanned...

Tan it yourself...

Or salt it properly and ship it to a tannery....i will 2nd moyles....

Get you some.picking/canning salt....completely salt the skin..after a day or 2 shake off the salt and re-salt it....make sure you salt it good and heavy...fox should only take a few days...make sure it is completely dry before shipping...if not it will likely rot...

Get it in a freezer or do something with it now...your risking it rotting and slipping already...even in an unheated outside garage..i had a skunk tail rot in my unheated garage...nasty!
 

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X2 what he said. Since its your first fox and you have some money ship it to moyles. Maybe if you get others tan them yourself.You can't really beat the tannery quality. Go to their website and follow the shipping instructions.
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I think I will end up shipping it to have it tanned. Its not that bad about $50 total with shipping.

I picked up the hide last night to try and flesh off some of the meat and fat left on it and the hide was already hard. I couldn't work with the thing and was just going to tear it so I put it in a bucket of water and moved it into my heated basement. Hopefully it will soften it and I can flesh it out tonight then give it a towel dry and put it on a stretcher.

After it is in the stretcher how soon should I salt it?
 

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After it is in the stretcher how soon should I salt it?
No need to salt it if you really do have a stretching board and pins....and since your tanning it, just leave it dry with the skin side out. Being prepared to deal with a fox should always be step #1 for newbies...trying to get a fox should be step #2.
 
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