Furs-Early Caught-How do you keep your early caught furs from turning blue; what do you put on it, and what kind of a place do you keep it in? do you cure furs with the fur side to the board?
Fur skins only turn blue when they are taken before they are prime, and there is no way to prevent them from becoming blue in curing. It is the penalty for early trapping. If you don’t want to have low quality blue skins, wait until fur is prime before you commence to trap. A trapper who is eager to commence trapping may set a few traps too early and catch a few animals that are not fully prime, but he should not set any traps until he is sure that the furs are prime, and then he will not have many blue pelts. When I was actively engaged in trapping I seldom got more than two or three pieces of unprimed fur in a season, because I waited until the weather was fairly cold and the fur in first class condition. This does not apply to muskrats, however, as they are seldom fully prime until mid-winter, while there is a good demand for fall-caught partly prime skins, and fall trapping for muskrats, say after November first, is approved of by nearly all trappers. You should not set a trap for anything before the first week of November, and if a warm fall, even later. All skins should be dried with the fur side to the board, and there should not be anything put on them to make them white. Several books on trapping give complete directions for curing caring for furs.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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