So yesterday AM I went to check my snares and sure enough I got a nice healthy, FAT coon in one. Put it down with .22 and took it home to try my hand at skinning out little guys for hides. I cut around her vent and about 1/3rd the way up the tail, and work around the bone to get my fingers up in there. Got the old man to hold one side and we pulled and the damn tail ripped in half
I finish the job for practice and am actually pretty pleased with how I did on the head.
So my question is, why did the tail rip? I don't think I accidentally sliced hide around the tail but it suppose it's possible. Is there a better way that cutting up 1/3 and pulling? How bad is it to just split it all the way?
Also, I have a blackbuck hide and now my coon waiting in the freezer for the day when there is extra money to play with and get them tanned. I would really like to tan them myself. The internet is sort of overwhelming with info and methods. I would like to find a chemical based method that I can whip up in relatively small batches.
Also, if I am going to get into hides, what are the most essential supplies? I am thinking a true fleshing knife and board are top priority. Tail stripper? Something else?
Thank y'all in advance, and here is a pic of the coon not showing the shameful half tail