In this articale/tutorial I will show you how to skin and preserve a squirrels hide. Watch for my later tutorial on how to gut and prepare the carcass for the freezer.
Step 1: Items Required
1 x Dead Squirrel
1 x Sharp Knife
1 x Lb of Salt
2 x Rags
1 x Cutting Board
1 x Non Queasy Stomach
Step 2: Preperation
Try to spread the squirrel as flat as possible. Rigor mortus may have set in so you will have to take your time spreading the limbs.
Step 3: Cut
Start your cut under the chin.
Draw the knife back towards the anus.
You might have to turn the knife over to help break the skin after you get a cut started.
Step 4: Peel
Start peeling the skin back from the body. I find it easiest to pull it at a right angle. You might have to wiggle the knife around under the skin a bit to help part it from the flesh.
When you get to the legs you have to slit the skin from the center of the body out towards the feet. It helps if you make a circular cut around the ankle/wrist.
Step 5: More Cutting
You need to cut the skin back from the neck below the head to prepare for the next step. When you are doing this mind your fingers. I do not want anyone to complain to me that they chopped off an apendage.
Step 6: More Peeling
Slowly and gently pull the skin straight back along the length of the body. It should come off without to much trouble. If you have an issue use the knife to gently convince it to come off.
When you get to the tail all you have to do is tug along the length of it and the tailbone should slid free.