How to Skin a Fox

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There are many reasons for skinning a fox—the most common ones being for its meat and the high-quality fur-bearing skin it has. The process of getting the best quality and quantity of this skin starts at the hunting process. During the hunting stage, you should try as much as you can to destroy the skin with whatever hunting technique you employ.  

With high-quality and high-demand skin like this, you cannot afford to go wrong with the skinning process. Here, we prepared a detailed stepwise process of how to effectively and successfully skin a fox. Have a look.

What Equipment Do You Need to Skin a Fox? 

Skinning a fox is no child’s play. The process is tedious and exhausting, and it will require you to come adequately prepared for the task with the tools and skills needed. To successfully skin a fox, you will need the following tools.

Skinning Knife

You need a good skinning knife that has razor-sharp edges to make the skinning process seamless and effective. Go the extra mile to get a knife with a serrated edge on the top. You can use the serrated top for tougher sections of the skin that may involve cutting membranes and cartilages attached to the skin.  

A Hanging Rope

For perfect skinning, you will certainly need to hang the fox in a spread position so that you can get to access some of the most crucial points easily. 

Rubber Gloves

Skinning is a staining job. You will need to protect your hands from getting stained and covered with blood by getting yourself some suitable protective hand gloves.

A Grizzly Tarp

Once you are done skinning and need to cut the meat into pieces, you may need a grizzly tarp. You can place the skinned fox in the Tarp as you dissect it to come out with chunks of meat ready for preparation.

The Procedure on How to Skin a Fox

Skinning the fox will not take a lot of your time if you get all the gears and tools needed for the process ready and follow the necessary steps carefully. Once you have your tools ready, you are good to follow the following process.

Pre-skinning Process

Get your Workspace into Shape

First, get your Tarp (or any other material like a garbage bag, an old plastic sheet, etc.) and spread it out in the area beneath where you will be hanging your fox. Clear the area off any items that may be  a distruction to the skinning process.

Also, check to ensure all your tools are ready and in good shape. Sharpen the knife if it needs sharpening.

Put on your Protective Gear

This is the time to bring out all the protective gear you had bought for this job. You do not want blood spilling into your body and clothes. You can have your protective glasses on, the rubber boots, lengthy pants, and your gloves would come in handy at this juncture.

Hang the Fox

The best way of hanging the fox when skinning is tying one of its legs with a rope and hanging it to the ceiling with that rope. You should avoid hooking the animal as this may spoil the skin or pelt, which is what you are careful not to damage.

It is crucial that you do not wait for too long after killing the fox before hanging it for skinning, as this may make the skin harder.

Make the Initial Cuts

Since you are hanging your fox head-down, the front legs will be hanging down and are better placed for you to start with. Make some cuts around the front legs just above the feet to free off the skin in that region. Once you have executed the round cuts well, you can extend the amount right from the back of the front leg and run it up to the fox’s armpit.  

Once you have hit the armpit area, you would have made a clear opening that will allow you to pull wide the entire front-leg skin. Gently pull the skin off the bone and only use the knife when necessary. Cut off the membrane connecting the fur to the muscles anytime you notice the skin is stuck and not pulling smoothly from the bone.

Repeat this process to the other front leg until you have all the two legs free of the fur. 

Work on the Hind Legs

When skinning the hind legs, you need to make a similar cut to the one you made on the front legs. This time, the only difference is that you will be running your cut from under the skin up to the paw. From the paw, let you cut run up the back edge of the leg then to the anus and skin the hind leg out from the paw up.  

Once you are done, you can change the hang to the skinned leg to skin the other hind leg repeating the same procedure.

The legs are the hardest parts of the fox’s body to the skin. This is because of the paws and small feet with a lot of tiny bones. You should take precautions while handling the skin in the legs and paws not to waste a lot of skin there. Skinning the rest of the body won’t give you much trouble once you complete the legs and feet.

Get the Tail from the Rest of the Body

This should be easy since you would have already sliced the skin around the anus free, making it easier to pull off the pelt around the fox’s tail bone. You should take caution while doing this to avoid pulling off the entire tail bone along with the pelt.

If the skin gets stuck, you should not hold on to the tail while pulling. Instead, make a little cut on the membrane holding th