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alg
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Can anybody recommend a hide skinning tool for big game? The older I get, the more difficult it gets for my wrists and knuckles when gripping the hide. Having used several different knives to aid me in my "old age", hasn't helped in regard to my inability to grip the hide firmly while pulling it away from the carcass. The "Claw" looks like it would still require a strong grip to pull away the hide. Short of purchasing a winch, I'm looking for something that would allow me to use my upper body strength. Other hunthers surely experience this problem, the older they get? I'm not ready to fade away just yet. I have heard about a hide skinner out there that is used like a "sardine can key", where the hide is rolled up while pulling away from the carcass. I'll keep searching.

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I was having the same problem with racoons and one of the trappers on another forum told me to use a towel to grab the skin and it made a huge difference. Even with all the greese on the coon, I was able to hold on to it much easier

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I saw a neat trick for skinning coyotes once on a video, I tried it out and it worked really well. Put a slit on the inside of the thigh on both sides. Take an air compressor with a long skinny nozle and slide it into one side in the slit. Give it enough air to seperate the skin from the flesh. The critter will swell like a baloon until the air reaches the other slit and then the pressure will release. I've never tried it on deer, but it might work.
Hank

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Same trouble here. I now use a ViceGrip sheetmetal folding tool with the corners rounded off. If it's still to hard to hold onto, weld a ring (3-5 washeres) on to the back of the frame and add a lanyard.
Dan

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I've heard of people using a tractor or truck (maybe even an ATV could work) to pull the hide off. Don't know exactly how, never seen it done, but I think they got the hide started then rolled a tennis ball under the hde and attached a chain around the ball and pulled away. Think

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redrider wrote:
I've heard of people using a tractor or truck (maybe even an ATV could work) to pull the hide off. Don't know exactly how, never seen it done, but I think they got the hide started then rolled a tennis ball under the hde and attached a chain around the ball and pulled away. Think

I have done it that way and it does work pretty good.
Hang the deer head up and open up the skin on the underside from the vent to just short of your rope or the chin, then open up the skin on the inside of each leg, from the original cut to just below the elbow joint. then cut around the leg at the bottom of your cut. LAST cut around the neck at the top of your original cut, being very careful not to cut anything except skin. Start to peel the skin down the neck all the way around until there is enough loose skin on the back of the neck to put a golf ball in (I don't play golf so I use a rock about the size of a golf ball) stuff the ball into the skin and close the skin around it so you can tie a rope around it. Attach the rope to the bumper of your truck (or ATV) and pull. The skin peels right off and it only takes about 10 minutes to do.
Clear as mud, huh?

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Thanks for all of the ideas. I too have heard of the bumper trick. I have acces to all of the tools suggested; the ViceGrip, air compressor, there is always an old towel laying around and my brothers ATV. Keep 'em coming. It is good to hear of the "old family secrets" that others have been using succesfully.

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I've alway hung deer.moose hind quaters"up" and by the time the legs and about a quarter of the hind skinned, the weight of the hide works in you favour. A small manuel boat winch would certainly pull enough or a cheap rachet puller

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