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Published on Oct 23, 2010
Clean skinning is the art of removing a beaver pelt with very little fat or muscle clinging to the hide. It takes a lot of practice to achieve this result, and a lot of patience. Rough skinning (removing the skin + top fat/muscle layer) is a quicker process, but requires hard work later on the fleshing beam to remove the flesh with a 2-handed knife. Although it takes more time, learning to clean skin can ultimately save a fur harvester time and effort once proficiency is achieved. As a bonus, a clean-skinned beaver carcass is left with all muscles intact, allowing for effective butchering. Beaver meat is highly prized among trappers. Back straps and rear legs are good for eating, and the rest of the meat makes excellent bait for coyote, fox, bobcat, marten and other fur-bearers.