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Muskrat, showing location of the initial cuts to be made in the pelt.

Muskrat, showing location of the initial cuts to be made in the pelt.

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... tail towards you (you should notice a line where the longer fur of the back meets the shorter fur of the belly). Then, holding the animal's hindfoot, make a straight cut from the base of the heel to the tail and continue the cut alongside the tail for about 2.5 cm (1 inch). Turn the animal around and make a similar cut on the animal's other side (Fig. 4). Next, cut and pull the skin around the legs above the heel and near the tail, leaving about 2.5 cm of the tail attached to the pelt; this tail portion will help to prevent the pelt from tearing when it is placed on a stretcher. Start to separate the skin from the carcass at the base of the tail. Pull down the skin by hand and work it ...