Wednesday, September 14, 2005

How to Skin Out a Raccoon

Wasco Taxidermy mount, large raccoon with 16.5 inch chest.

This little instruction manual comes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
, and I include it here as an object of interest, not to encourage people to kill and skin out an animal in the hope of getting a mount.

Most wild-caught animals are not in prime winter fur when caught, and skinning out an animal well enough -- and getting it to a taxidermist in time -- are best left to experts.

You will save little or no money by supplying a pelt to a taxidermist which can otherwise be acquired fresh, frozen and in excellent shape for as little as $30-$40. Taxidermy is expensive -- expect to pay about $70 to get a skin tanned and about $300 for a decent mount.

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