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Location: Portland, OR
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How to skin a cougar?

Does anybody have some good advice on what to do if I am lucky enough to take a cougar while deer hunting? I have been big game hunting for a few years now, and know I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a Cougar if the opportunity presented itself. My question is what to do with it once it's down. What's the best way to gut/skin it before it goes to the Taxidermist to be made into a rug? I've heard cat meat is pretty good, is this true?

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Location: Montana
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How to skin a cougar?

If your planning on a rug or a mount do yourself a favor and let the taxidermist do it for you,they know exactly how they want it done for thier work and it will prevent a bunch of extra work and visible stitches in a rug.

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Location: Wa.
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How to skin a cougar?

That's good advice.
Gut it and get it to a taxidermist asap. It doesn't take very long for the hide to start turning. They will get the state required paper work and teeth work done and preprep the hide.
I buy the tag every year but, don't hunt them. Last year a friend of mine brought one down. It took him three days to get it to a taxidermist. It was beginning to go bad.
In Novenber and $2400 dollars later he's going to have a very nice full mount.

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Location: Montana
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How to skin a cougar?

EAT IT COUGAR MEAT THE BEST I"EV EVER HAD. BETTER THEN ANY THING YOU WILL EVER EAT YUMM YUMM YUMM!!!!!!!!!

Predatorhunter Big smile

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Location: Olympia, WA
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How to skin a cougar?

Here is a website that tells you what cuts to make and has a diagram of where to make them if you want to rug mount a cougar. I would say keep your taxidermist's phone number on speed dial on your cell phone, and if you have any questions or doubts on how to do it, just take it straitght to him. http://www.dinostaxidermy.bizland.com/trophycare.html

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