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.
Henpecked: OK Neil.....wheres your turkey hunt story?
Apr 28, 2015 19:42:55 GMT -4
pipepusher: can't sleep ...have bear hits, went out today...post pics tomorrow. who has a turkey down?
Apr 30, 2015 2:43:04 GMT -4
skeeter: can't wait to see some bear pics here on the bear site!
Apr 30, 2015 14:13:52 GMT -4
markus: wont be long skeeter. Sping guys are set up and our east coast bears are now on the move. I always look forward to seeing them too!
May 4, 2015 11:12:01 GMT -4
skeeter: markus when are u back in st cath?
May 4, 2015 16:15:25 GMT -4
markus: here now skeeter. i'll be here for another 3 weeks or so.
May 4, 2015 17:00:50 GMT -4
kpr: Turkey hunt pics/story comin...no turk for me this year tho Plus managed to get into our Ridge site this weekend,there is still a full shaker barrel there from the fall,it smells good there now and theres a cam on it.
May 4, 2015 18:39:25 GMT -4
kpr: Got my first bear pic down in the Valley Friday from distance...bears are out!!
May 4, 2015 18:40:01 GMT -4
skeeter: markus pm me your cell # and we'll get together for a beer. then I can put a voice to the name and the face!
May 9, 2015 17:02:30 GMT -4
markus: We're looking forward to getting all our mineral sites out and cam'd this weekend. I've missed traveling the trails and cant wait for a buggy ride and scouting mission.
May 11, 2015 9:28:09 GMT -4
BEA: getting anxious to see the first spring bear pics! hunting ones I mean...Neil's been getting some great on the hoof (paw) shots....but I'm looking fwd to a kill photo!
May 17, 2015 7:17:24 GMT -4
BEA: gotta shout this out...tickets purchased for elk/antelope hunt.....if this is a dream i dont wanna wake up...
May 17, 2015 18:58:42 GMT -4
pipepusher: Exited for ya BEA! Tried tonight Markus. They were a no show. I did take someone in with me, which I normally do not. Poor guy must have had a cold. He coughed 3 or 4 times.
May 22, 2015 1:29:25 GMT -4
BEA: busting to slip up to NB for spring bear hunt....just dont have any extra vacation time to burn off....but its tempting
May 22, 2015 10:01:01 GMT -4
markus: I hear ya on the black flies bea...luckily today it rained all day and no flies to deal with in the woods.
Jun 1, 2015 21:43:33 GMT -4
hairy_one: Can't believe how heavy the skeeters are in the woods. Almost carried me away while I changed cards in the cam. I gotta do some rebuilding of my bear stand as the winter's heavy snow took it down for the second year in a row.
Jul 19, 2015 9:40:27 GMT -4
BEA: skeeters were out today in our bear woods too....
Jul 19, 2015 12:56:48 GMT -4
pete: Deer flys are out at the camp. I hate those buggers buzzing around my head when I'm in the woods or on the tractor.
Jul 25, 2015 11:04:33 GMT -4
lightsout: Heat index of 114 yesterday when I checked trail camera... YIKES!
Jul 27, 2015 16:35:41 GMT -4
BEA: thats too hot for me!
Jul 29, 2015 6:49:45 GMT -4