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I started pulling the cartilage in canine ears this year after seeing just how easy it come out.
Rather than pinning the floppy ears forward, I tried tucking a few of them inside like you do the front legs. I think it makes a cleaner look and lengthens the neck a bit.






 

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no price increase and makes them look silly . kind of like the buyers wanting leg holes on beavers shut , never caught or saw a beaver without legs
 

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.....and here I thought I had a pioneering concept that would take the fox put up industry by storm.
 

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Silly? No sillier than making a bobcat look like they're the victim of a stick-up robbery.
 

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There is probably no reason to do the Nevada stretch with our cats. Those Western cats have white spotted legs that can be used for pocket and cuff trim, so they like to show it off. Our cats are bland compared to western cats.
I would probably take the time to do it though because I like my fur to look perfectly groomed.
 

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If I was doing cats that would be worth as much as western cats I might do it but I think the buyers are smart enough to not look at the legs much.I think they look just fine with the legs in.Heres mine from this year.
 

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Only issue with peeling ears is when selling pelts to the mt man hat folks LOL. Also if you peel the ears, why not just flat cut them off, since the general fur industry doesn't use the faces anyway. They cut the ears off dried beavers, and even remove the areas on the outside of the legs.

I've got a coyote pelt here that had the ear fronts peeled and the pelt looks silly. I could make a nice mt man hat but for the ears! They won't stand up. Those tanned heads you see for sale seem to all be western yotes, and this is an eastern, would look odd putting a western pale silky head on a wolfy darker eastern hat. LOL

Rant on Canadian wolf pelts- I have this beautiful white arctic skin, mountable, but the trapper peeled the lower half of the ears. So I have to be extra careful gluing the ear liners in and do alot of grooming of what inner ear fur there is. They turned the ears too LOL, and split the lips, so taxidermy was in mind when they prepped it- but for that ear oopsy.
 

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Nice job forestman. Love to see the grinners. I have collected much cash over the years with them. Great mix of fur. I like to see the ears on k9s up and in shape.
 

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Kip Feroce said:
Nice job forestman. Love to see the grinners. I have collected much cash over the years with them. Great mix of fur. I like to see the ears on k9s up and in shape.
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Well to take a guess at cat prices you would have to tell us where they came from.Are these from last year? If they are I know you went to the NAFA sale so do you think the NS on cats bring more money?
 

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I tried peeling ears this year for the first time. Anything but easy IMO...LOL
 

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Well to take a guess at cat prices you would have to tell us where they came from.Are these from last year? If they are I know you went to the NAFA sale so do you think the NS on cats bring more money?
I tok those cats to Stoughton in person,and was told by the cat grader that,that is what they like to see in put up.
 

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To each there own I guess... I don't care for the looks of those tucked ears at all. Guess if they were always handled that way for years it may not look so odd. Just one of those things for me, the ears showing and standing up completes the fur..
Why worry about removing the cartilage? Read of others over the years doing this as well.
As far as the front legs, cut the hide off just above the elbow joint. This is what I do anyhow. They don't need tucked.
 
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