Post by billythekidrock on Sept 19, 2006 23:44:30 GMT -4
Just wondering how others do it. Here is my way.
Take the paw and lay it on a table or chunk of wood with the claws pointing to the left. With your thumb and first finger of your left hand, grab a claw where the hair starts. With your right hand feel about a half inch behind where the skin starts and you will feel the joint. Now with a sharp knife cut the skin straight down, then rotate your knife hand slightly to the right and cut to the left in a crescent shape.
Once you have all the claws off you will want to clean them up a bit. Here is how I do it. Hold the claw in your left hand by the long hairs, with the tip facing up and the pad facing away from your hand. Cut straight down between the long hair and back of the claw. Do not remove all of the skin, basically you are giving the claw a close shave. Then I do this to both sides, then with the pad.
When they are done put them in a small bowl with Borax. Every couple days you should shuffle them around a bit. If they are very wet or damp I lay them on a plate to air dry, then back to borax.
Do not use salt or store in the freezer.
Here are some photos of some claws that I started to clean. They do not have any hair on them but you will get the idea.
I take the claw by the back, where the long hair is and cut right down the back.
Post by gundogs123 on Sept 21, 2006 13:25:44 GMT -4
I had my taxidermist show me how he does it. Similar to Billy's method but put the claw in a vice,(pad towards you), with a sharp knife just cut down the sides closely and over when you feel the joint. Scrape it off a bit. Then put them on a board near or above your furnace for a few days, turning a few times. When they are completly dry, put them back in the vice sideways, wrapped in paper towel. Put the claw part down and take a grinder to smooth down the bone on the top of the claw.
Post by billythekidrock on Sept 22, 2006 21:22:16 GMT -4
I don't have but a couple dozen anymore, but at one time I had about 200. I lost them away or gave them as gifts, some that I cleaned were not mine. One year I gave all my neices & nephews predator calls with claws on the lanyard. They go quick.
And now after all that, both my boys want full necklaces..it may take awhile.
skeeter: hello BEA been working every day on bear related stuff! I visit Bears East 3 or 4 x's per day. got new style barrels up .. 5 sites ... 4 new autofeeders ready to go. 5 new sprayers all done also. lots of design and apparatus built!
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kpr: Hey Skeeter.. you lurker you...good to see ya!!
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BEA: good stuff Skeeter
Jul 16, 2014 18:18:17 GMT -4
skeeter: I've been too busy makin bear stuff - new barrels - latest greatest autofeeders - designed, troublesolved and built 5 auto sprayers to replace CALL BAITS.
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skeeter: I will get pics and start a thread in the near future. this should keep most of you amused.
Jul 16, 2014 19:47:30 GMT -4
BEA: the idea of the sprayer seems solid to me....i like that! yes please keep us posted!
Jul 17, 2014 10:03:19 GMT -4
linnie: Thinking of you today Bea. Took the family to Sherbrooke Village for a visit. Over to New Glasgow then the 347, Sherbrooke Road down. 348 through Caledonia along the St Mary's back. Beautiful country down there. Worst thing was the roads.
Jul 19, 2014 21:50:56 GMT -4
BEA: not far from my old camp Linnie.......ran some baits up in Caledonia....
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BEA: Was gonna start shooting tonight...but kinda comfy here on the deck....maybe tomorrow
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Henpecked: KPR or bear question.... photobucket is so slow, where are you hosting your pictures?
Jul 24, 2014 18:15:31 GMT -4
BEA: still no buck luv on t-cams...i think they are all at CHB or Pete's Plots !
Jul 24, 2014 19:18:17 GMT -4
kpr: Henpecked...I use P Bucket...works great here...
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Henpecked: takes for ever to even make a new folder, I have pics but I dont have all day to wait
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skeeter: hey is there a post on how to insert a video ... other then photobucket or vimeo? like right from my c drive
Jul 26, 2014 10:14:04 GMT -4
kpr: Skeeter not sure videos can be directly uploaded...sorry...has to be hosted,I bumped up a post on how to from Youtube,easy to get an account there with just and email addy and you can keep it "private" if you want.
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