Fox-Removing Tail-Will some brother trapper please tell me how to take the tail bone from a red fox without damaging the tail? Every one that I have tried to dress I pulled the white part from the tail. Does it hurt them to open the tail to remove the tail bone?
I have a way that has worked well on scores for me and never failed yet. First, peel down the hind legs till you meet at base of tail, then cut around tail bone till you have the tail bone peeled up about 1 ½ inches; then cut a green stick the size of thumb and 6-7 inches long, split same half or two thirds open, then slip it over tailbone, allowing the bone to pass through your hand between second and third finger, than strip up. Take a pretty hard pull and the bone will slip out; then take a little blade of a knife (must be sharp) and rip open from end to end, for a small incision in tip of tail will close up, and in warm spells, when hide is hanging up, will catch oil and the fur will slip.
Another way is to lay the tail on something solid and tap lightly all around with a hammer. By doing this the bone will slip out very easily.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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