Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
badfish

What to do with fox?

Recommended Posts

I shot a fox this afternoon that was trying to get after my chickens. I don't want to see it go to waste so what do I do with it? I don't even know how to skin it, I don't know where to take the skin or even what its worth. So any help would be appreciated, thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well a lot depends here. If you shot it the pelt is probably going to be worthless. Any pelts with holes in them never bring much. I would maybe try to find a local trapper and have them show you how to skin it. Even if the pelts not going to be worth anything its always good to try and skin a pelt thats not worth much because it wont matter if you mess up. You can go to the NTA HSOforum (National Trappers Assoc.) and they have inst's on how to skin out each animal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am going to disagree with J48jake here and say that even if it is shot, it does not make it worthless. It depends on what you shot it with and how big the holes are. But it is amazing what you can do with a needle and a little dental floss to fix holes.

I give you this advice with my personal experience of including shot fox in with my trapped fox when they have gone to auction. As long as you do a good job sewing the pelt you will be fine.

J48 does give you good advice to get ahold of a local trapper or even a taxidermist and they can help you skin it and show you how they should be case skinned. My guess is your not looking to sell it anyway, so what i would do is get taught how to skin it out, do that, sew up the holes, and send it off to a tannery to get it tanned to hang on your wall.

just my 2 cents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am going to disagree with J48jake here and say that even if it is shot, it does not make it worthless. It depends on what you shot it with and how big the holes are. But it is amazing what you can do with a needle and a little dental floss to fix holes.

I give you this advice with my personal experience of including shot fox in with my trapped fox when they have gone to auction. As long as you do a good job sewing the pelt you will be fine.

J48 does give you good advice to get ahold of a local trapper or even a taxidermist and they can help you skin it and show you how they should be case skinned. My guess is your not looking to sell it anyway, so what i would do is get taught how to skin it out, do that, sew up the holes, and send it off to a tannery to get it tanned to hang on your wall.

just my 2 cents.

I agree no pelt is worthless off any animal! heck, I even skin out my skunks! Sew it up, its not hard, it does take time!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I shot a fox with a .223 and had an exit hole the size of a softball. I skun it out right away, and sewed it up. Got the same price for it on auction as i did the ones i trapped... Skin it out asap, to keep from getting bloodshot in the skin, i think this causes fur slippage.

Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Demonjigger i don't think the bloodshot will cause any slippage as long as you flesh the watery substance away. FLeshing the hide and getting all the grease and fat off so it can dry properly is the ticket to stop the slippage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

a little off topic here but if you are trapping how would you kill the animal with out a gun shot wound? other than an underwater trap of course.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dispatch mine by stepping on their chest. you don't have to wash the hides due to blood like when you shoot them. I used to use a .22. I have noticed the hide slips off around the bullet hole too...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fisherman222, i think you are right, but it is easier to keep that slimey blood from penetrating the hide if you get after it right away. do you notice fur slippage around the bullet holes when you shoot an animal in a trap? (head shots)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do any of the fox ever bite you or hurt you while you step on thier chests? i aint chicken but i would be a little afraid of this if i were going to try steping on one. same method for coyotes? they are bigger and seem like they would put up more of a fight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bearbait rather than talk openly about dispatch methods i would suggest you contact a trapper and speak with him. If we had PM's i would PM you.

As far as slipping around the bullet hole in the head demon no i have not had that trouble. To compare one year i shot every fox in the head (well over 100) and fleshed and washed and randomly picked 10 to tan, the next year i had over 100 fox again and instead of shooting them I dispatched other ways. I STILL washed the hide and sent 5 off to get tanned. no difference in them at all.

But that is just my experience, others may have a different opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my email is bearbait87 at yahoo, drop me an e-mail if you have a chance i am very interested in trapping, my buddy has a guy trap his farm and i saw his catch the other day, huge beaver, he estimated it at 60 lbs, a coyote, a coon and a muskrat, just wanted a little info.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Thanks...  Only truck in our neighborhood anyway....
    • Better than breaking your arse slipping on the ice.  
    • Yes!  There is no question the eclipse will affect fishing! The eclipse will draw peoples attention away from fishing and the casual angler will be all wound up about watching the event. They will not be paying attention to anything else and surely not to fishing. The result will be far fewer anglers on the stream and YOU will have more room to fish and less competition. THAT is how the eclipse will affect fishing.
    • Lots of bears being seen around Princeton not on baits just roaming around.
    • Because Sleeper's always have had good produce...and obviously, I just went there. I went to school with them, know how they do their produce. They been around a long time. Wouldn't have  4-5 people  standing there buying if it was lousy. I had to wait the other day. Word gets around fast on small stands.Your statement applies to just about anything...sometimes a restaurant has a good meal, next time it's mediocre. You'd still go there, right? You're going to have some years the corn is better than others, you can't change the weather. This happens to be a good year for the sweetcorn, both places told me.  What would be different at Seneca? It still comes out of a field there, too. Who knows how fresh it is? I'd go with a pickup truck just pulling in, with the corn still cool and damp, before I'd grab some from a pile at Seneca. That's the only time I go, early am, when it's fresh.  OK, so do four ears at about 6 mns then....ya can handle that, right? All I intended was to give ya a tip where to grab some good corn...
    • I cook more than two at a time.   And how can you recommend someplace you haven't been to in a decade?   Like I said, I have gotten good corn there and I have gotten mediocre corn there.   Might be fresh picked, but sometimes I think maybe the field was past its prime when they fresh picked it.   Ever try the corn from Seneca?   They have a little office across 3rd Ave from the plant where they sell corn sometimes.      
    • Because it was about a decade ago I was on that goofy end of town. I knew it. Now yer gonna  waste time fooling around with that souse-o-matic on that poor corn, when two ears in the 'wave, in a covered glass dish with some water for around 3 minutes comes out perfectly delicious. 
    • Let us know by first ice - just saying.  But he is great to work with so don't get me wrong.
    • 3 smallies in 30 min yesterday. 
  • Our Sponsors