Coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and other predators have a very different post kill scenario than a deer, turkey, or other game that you would eat. The term “field dressing” a coyote is synonymous with skinning the animal so you can save or sell the hide. On today’s episode I talk about what you do with a coyote or fox once the animal is down and help you decide which approach is best for you.
- Do not eat predators, except in survival situations. It’s not about taste as much as it is not a healthy practice.
- Unlike deer, you are not removing the organs, in fact you are not even cutting into the body cavity.
- A professional with the right tools can skin a coyote in 3 minutes, it will take a beginner much longer, but it is not a process that should be intimidating.
- Every depends on what you plan to do with the animal:
- Mount the hide
- Keep the hide
- Keep the tail
- Sell the whole animal
- Sell the raw fur
- Dry, tan, and sell the fur
- Donate the animal to a fur trader
- Keep a photo and discard the animal
- Coyotes are considered pests in much of the U.S. which means it is acceptable to take a photo and discard the carcass. But I recommend keeping the hide or part of it, as a trophy, especially for your first couple kills.
- In part of the country there are fur traders who will buy the animals whole, but they will pay much less than for a complete and tanned hide. Look for these if you are considering discarding the animal as a pest.
- If nothing else, find a trapper to give the animal to. You could help them out and possibly gain some favors down the road.
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