Got several inches of rain last night. rained all night. went out this morning and had a red in my trap. looked like a drowned rat! anyhow, i brought him into the garage and hung him near the wood stove to dry. skinned him out a few hours later and lost half the nice white tip on his tail and had some more trouble with the ears.... I skinned 2 last week with no problem at all. I'm very new at this tho. Is this just something that happens when they get soaked? Should i have skinned him before i dried him? Another question for my curiosity: About how long does it take you veterans to skin a fox? I'm gettin it done in about an houf and a half or so but i'm really takin my time and playin with the ears and such.... Which brings up another question: How far should i be going with the ears? Flipping them inside out or just cutting them off at the base. I plan on tanning my hides at home with a rittel's tanning kit.. Thanks for any tips/input guys. I'm learnin as i go here and teachin myself 99% of it...