Skinning a Muskrat

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Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby chad » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:18 am

Heres the Muskrat
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I start by hanging the 'rat by the tail, then cutting around both back legs above the foot.
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Then cut up the middle on each side towards the tail.
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Now I cut both sides so I can start pealing down.
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now I start peeling down.
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I keep pulling down as far as I can if the guts start to rip out I like to help it down, by cutting the areas that are hanging up.
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more pulling
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when I get to the front legs I poke my thumb or finger through the skin under the armpit and pull out the front leg
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once both legs are out I continue to pull to the head
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now I cut around the head and cut the ears, and eyes and continue down until you cut the nose off...
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done with skinning!
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Now it's time to flesh......
I start by putting the skinned 'rat on a fleshing beam..
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Then I use my fleshing knife to scrape any fat or meat off the pelt
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once we get all the fat off we have to stretch and dry it, I use wire muskrat stretchers....
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we pull it tight and pin it, but we don't overstrech it!
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All done, now we hang it and let it dry for a couple days! 8-)
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:29 am

Excellent walk-thru on the rat, Chad! 8-)
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Osprey » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:45 am

So how long does it take you to do one?

We just had our outdoor show in my county, they have the World Championship Muskrat Skinning Contest as part of it. Winner normally skins 5 rats in just under a minute! :shock: They use some special speed cuts, I think the fastest I ever got when I trapped was a rat a minute if I really tried.
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby chad » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:53 am

It probably takes me a touch over a minute, but definately not five in a minute :shock:
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Spysar » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:28 pm

Awesome thread dude!
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby dan » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:32 pm

Great post Chad! Do you salt your hides?
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby chad » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:08 pm

dan wrote:Great post Chad! Do you salt your hides?


No, they just want them dried.......
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby huntinnurse » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:57 am

Do you make Muskrat stew or roast the rest? :mrgreen:
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby chad » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:30 am

Never tried muskrat! Maybe I can get Ma Infalt to make some up! 8-)
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby dan » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:40 am

It really ain't all that bad!
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:30 am

Rat Jerky or Rat Sausage??

VERY NICE walk through - much appreciated.

Have you ever tanned the hide? I know there's the old Deer Hide Tanning method that uses deer brains, but I don't know the ins and outs.

Care to share if you do? I want to do a Beaver Pelt next winter - he lives right behind my house and he's HUGE :shock:
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Liberty-Hunt » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:25 am

Thanks Chad for this very interesting and full of precision lesson!!!
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:58 am

that is very interesting. I dont think I could ever learn to skin one in a minute.

And that meat does look good, I was thinking of grinding it when I saw it, otherwise I dont think I could get my wife and daughter to eat it.
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby martin peters » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:36 am

Had a friend that could skin a rat in 22 sec. and that was amazing.
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Re: Skinning a Muskrat

Unread postby hotterthantiffany » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:37 am

:lol: :lol:


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