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    First off. Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone. I just got another beaver today. Got him with a leg hold drowner set. When I pulled it out there appears to be some wounds or something that has caused a section to be worn away and some scaring on its back. Wondering has anyone ever skinned a beaver up the back instead of the belly? Its not going into the fur trader. Im keeping it myself and going to tan it. Im assuming now the best part of the beaver. Ie the belly is now the new centre of the pelt. Is this common?


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    It should be no problem but why up the back?

    Where are you located? Send me a pm and we can talk about it.

    Happy New Years to all.

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    Probadly another beaver or a snapping turtle.Yes they are active in the winter.Freind of mine found out when he was lifting the trap beaver and snapper showed up.

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    Would such a thing have come up, in the accredited Fur Harvester class that you must take to get your licence?

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    When I taught trapper ed I made sure to cover all these types of injuries with a slide presentation so that trappers would have a good idea of just why and what's going on and steps to take to lessen the potential for damage. The most common damage to fur was from other beavers but the damage was very recognizable. There'd be the 2 obvious bite marks. If the damage appears to be a rubbed area then that could have resulted from the fur being frozen into the ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishermccann View Post
    Would such a thing have come up, in the accredited Fur Harvester class that you must take to get your licence?
    there is so much to learn in the world of trapping that it will never all be covered in the mandatory 40 hour course
    You got one shot at life where are your sights aimed today ?

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