|Ok, what do you guys do to preserve the pelt then? |
Gidday 10ring. I assume the wabbits we have here in aussie are much the same as you guys have. I use two different methods of skinning and gutting.
For keeping the meat only: Run a cut up the underside, grip the front legs in one hand and the rear legs in the other. A good strong hard flick exits the gut onto the ground out in front of you. I then cut the skin across the back, insert fingers under each side and pull hard. The skin comes off in two pieces. Cut the legs where you want then twist the head off. Takes a couple of minutes.
For the skin and meat: I cut the skin down the inside of each rear leg then carefully work the skin down off each leg. Once there is enough to grip it is simply a matter to grip the rear legs in one hand and the skin in the other and pull hard to peel the skin off. Cut around the neck in the desired place. The skin will come off in a tube. Gut as per above. I turn the skin inside out, salt, then put a u shaped wire bow up inside it and put it out to dry. It is ready to tan any time you wish.
Works for me.
I might have a go at the "stomp" method...sounds easy and efficient.