A Furrier Option?
September 27, 2010 5:32 AM Subscribe
How can I get skillful with roadkill?
posted by DisreputableDog to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I live in West Virginia (but travel fairly often to Virginia as well) and see roadkill almost every day. Many creatures only
remain on the road for about a week, when on the side of the road rather than the middle, before they are picked up by
humans or animals.
While I'm not a hunter or trapper, I've always been interested in learning how to skin and treat furs but have never
really had the chance to test this.
How do I start? Are there books (with pictures, if possible?) on how to do this? What tools should I acquire?
Are there laws concerning this? Do I need a permit of some sort in order to handle the bodies and skins of certain animals?
Can I skin it right there in the woods or should I bring it somewhere? Bringing the whole animal home is not an option,
by the way, and I have no place to skin a creature in any sort of yard.
What tips can any hunters or trappers share on this? What problems am I going to face?
How do I prepare/treat a skin so the fur remains? Is there a way to sell these?
And are there any unforseen problems (or good things) about the roadkill options available?
The animals that commonly get hit here are: squirrel, rabbit, opossum, raccoon, groundhog,
skunk (eastern spotted and striped)(even possible?), snakes(?), and deer.
Other animals in the area are: mink, fisher, otter, beaver, fox, coyote, mountain lion, black bear, wild boar,
bobcat, porcupine, and muskrat. Oh, and technically, feral cats.
**I'm also not above accepting some information on cooking roadkill or making things from the furs,
but I encourage the main topic be about the above.