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Old July 26, 2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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Anyone here hunt beaver?

Anyone here been beaver hunting? I went this spring, and boy was it a tough hide to skin. Stuck like glue, spent hours with a scalpel. Still waiting for the return from the guy who prepares it.
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Old July 26, 2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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Beaver are notoriosly hard to skin.
Usually trapped, not hunted. Although in some places in my state shooting at night is permitted as a nusiance control. They dam up streams and irrigation canals.
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Old July 26, 2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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Look up beaver knife in trapping supply stores; it's a special knife devoted to making the job easier, as well as videos on you tube...
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Old July 26, 2011, 12:37 PM   #4
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Trapped them when I was kid lol I never tried to actually hunt them before
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Old July 26, 2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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What he said ,

but have you tried compressed air? I've never tried to skin a beaver, but have found that using an air gun attachment on a compressor can do a real quick job of separating hide from meat on many critters. Just poke a hole somewhere that you are going to make a cut anyway, and slip the air gun nozzle in, hold the area around it real tight to try to seal it off, and blow some air in. Don't have a clue whether it will work for beaver or not, but you could try it if you have a compressor handy.

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Old July 26, 2011, 07:29 PM   #6
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Old July 26, 2011, 08:34 PM   #7
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Never tried to skin them,But have to shoot them all the time IF we dont the hole back forty will be a swamp. We got plenty swamp already.
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Old July 27, 2011, 12:24 AM   #8
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Hunted them during the early part of spring just before the start of break up with the locals when I lived along the Yukon. It the best time to get them for eating. Unfortunately we don't have them this far down on the AKPEN.

They are a PITA to skin as the hide has to be cut away from the fat and even a bigger PITA to flesh. You just can't peel and flesh them like other critters. But not much else makes for a warmer or more durable winter hat or nicer looking trim on other items.
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Old July 27, 2011, 01:12 AM   #9
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Never heard about anyone using compressed air, but sounds like something to try
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Old July 28, 2011, 12:50 AM   #10
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One of my least-favorite game meats, but beavertail & beans isn't bad.
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Old July 30, 2011, 10:54 AM   #11
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The reason Peking Duck has such crispy skin is because air is blown in under the skin to separate it from the body of the bird.
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Old July 31, 2011, 04:25 AM   #12
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offer

I have a standing offer from a local WMA Manager to come and hunt/shoot some in a remote hollow, they are hobb on standing timber, but the location, heat, mosquitos,etc are all so miserable that I will not do it.

But...........blowing the dams and dens with explosives was a hoot and worth attending.

Me: "I didn't know you were a demolitions guy Frank (fictitious), ...how long have you been working with explosives?

Him: "Bout 2 hrs"


BOOM
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Old July 31, 2011, 06:44 AM   #13
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Tough skinned for sure, but with the right technique it makes it easier.

I'll say besides Moose and Venison it's my favorite game meat if you cook it properly. It tastes quite similar to Rabbit and can be very tender with the right methods.
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