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smice53
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seems like the last two seasons I have been having problems when I go to use a tail stripper on my coons. I get a good start from the rear and down the tail a few inches, then put my stripper over the tail and cinch it up good and pull. The tail bone comes out ok, but often, too often the last 2-3 inches of the tail fur, (the last black stripe) stays on the bone and I loose it cause it rips off the hide. Only solution I have been sucessful at using to keep this from happening is to skin the tail out from one end to the tip and not use the tail stripper tool.
Any ideas that might help me keep the tip of the tail and not have to take the time to skin out the entire tail section ?

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Ldsoldier
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I had the same problem on foxes a couple of years ago. I started holding the stripper in one hand and pulling the tail through it with the other. That actually worked pretty well.

Also, make sure that you're skinning it down low enough that the fur doesn't bind against the stripper.

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I agree to make sure you strip the fur down low enough as well. I watched a guy have the same problem a couple of years ago, He was pulling outward instead of downward. When the hide was overstretched it had no choice to break off. Try pulling the tail out down the coons back if hanging it by the hind legs. Good luck.
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Pull the bone out of the skin. Don't try to pull the skin off the bone.

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