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.
Oct 8, 2014 19:21:17 GMT -4
Henpecked: Roger if I tied one to a tree that big you would never go home....
Oct 9, 2014 18:24:14 GMT -4
BEA: I hear Petes getn busy!
Oct 18, 2014 18:39:46 GMT -4
BEA: loving all these successful hunt posts in the last few weeks.....good stuff
Oct 21, 2014 6:12:05 GMT -4
markus: Have a great whitetail opener to all the fella's in NS that are heading out today for the general season.
Oct 31, 2014 9:38:37 GMT -4
kpr: garyns...sent you a pm,have to sign in to see it....anyone in contact with Gary plz let him know i am trying to contact him...
Nov 4, 2014 7:36:35 GMT -4
tuketu: Has anyone heard of any updates on the Bass Pro and Cabela's openings in Moncton ? Can't find anything online .
Nov 4, 2014 8:12:01 GMT -4
BEA: spring 2015 i hear, but i see some are saying earlier....
Nov 4, 2014 8:42:51 GMT -4
tuketu: That would be awesome ! There's a lot of stuff I want to get, but with the exchange at a 4 year low @ $0.87 and brokerage and duty fees , not worth it to mail order .
Nov 4, 2014 13:25:54 GMT -4
pete: Tuk, that is so true right. Also, if they don't have it in the store you can order it and get it sent to the Moncton store with no shipping charge, then you just pick it up. My friend Ron lives in Moncton and he can pick orders up and bring it to the camp.
Nov 4, 2014 14:26:45 GMT -4
tuketu: No worries there Pete . Certainly be worth the 3 hour drive, especially with both stores in town . Could turn into a Moncton sleepover. Or better yet an all night shopping spree !
Nov 4, 2014 22:21:25 GMT -4
BEA: buck in my yard making scrape....and i'm at work......
Nov 5, 2014 9:55:30 GMT -4
hairy_one: Roger..where is the directions/recipe for those Cracked Pepper n Garlic summer sausage you make. Want to try a batch and can't find the recipe. Thanks, Butch
Nov 17, 2014 22:06:35 GMT -4
BEA: butch....its on the side of the mix i buy lol.....its made by high mtn....i usually get it at Princess Auto oddly enough....
Nov 18, 2014 13:33:12 GMT -4
hairy_one: And I was giving you credit for being an amazing chef!! Just another dream crushed!! Time to check out Princess Auto....for cooking supplies!!!
Nov 19, 2014 19:50:53 GMT -4
BEA: that'd be a mistake Hairy....given me credit lol
Dec 5, 2014 8:29:06 GMT -4
BEA: All the best to everyone over the holidays and New Year!
Dec 22, 2014 9:17:29 GMT -4