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#3258845 - 08/05/12 09:45 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: Family Trapper]
mad_mike Offline
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Registered: 01/01/08
Posts: 179
Loc: Podunk, Alaska
I dry some species by salting only. They come out looking no so pretty, but are not destined for a auction. Different intended uses of the hide dictate the most efficient or practical drying means. I thought we were talking about boards for marten that were to end up at auction. If that is what you plan to do with them then use boards as close to those illustrated in the NAFA manual as possible. The last marten boards I got were from John Zuegler. They are nice, but do not have the taper in the neck/shoulder.


Edited by mad_mike (08/05/12 09:53 AM)

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#3258864 - 08/05/12 10:02 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Cougartail
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There is all types of cardboard also. Most think of corrugated when thinking cardboard but they make a "strong" cardboard used in packing, cigar boxes, etc.

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#3258866 - 08/05/12 10:02 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14801
Loc: McGrath, AK
That's what I was thinking too FT. Doesn't matter what they look like if they're going to be tanned. Salt dried wolverine look pretty rough too.
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#3259044 - 08/05/12 12:26 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
sheephunter Offline
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Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 0
Loc: Western Wyoming
Good call FT. Never crossed my mind. That would make sense. Now I'm bummed out I guess I'll keep stretching my marten.

Thanks,
Ty

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#3259349 - 08/05/12 04:37 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Family Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Sheephunter are you using belly boards too? You have to put a second board in to make up for the space after drying. You pull them out and then take the marten off. Otherwise you will often have to bust the board to get them off.
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#3259856 - 08/05/12 09:20 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Boco Online   content
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Registered: 08/08/11
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If you get a marten thats too dry,spray it down with your water spray bottle,and wipe down right away with a damp rag.It will then come off and turn easily.

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#3260105 - 08/06/12 01:31 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: Boco]
martenpine Offline
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Loc: user conflictville, Alaska 99X...
Originally Posted By: Boco
If you get a marten thats too dry,spray it down with your water spray bottle,and wipe down right away with a damp rag.It will then come off and turn easily.


or stick it outside on the roof of your fur shed in the snow overnight. wink
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#3260109 - 08/06/12 02:02 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Family Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
The damp rag is something I use regularly. It takes that crispness off which is what leads to most tearing. My post above was directed at the marten you turn fur out and forget to put a belly board in. Oh I hate that.
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#3260113 - 08/06/12 02:41 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: martenpine]
yukonjeff Offline
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Registered: 01/02/08
Posts: 857
Loc: M.T.V. Alaska
Originally Posted By: martenpine
Originally Posted By: Boco
If you get a marten thats too dry,spray it down with your water spray bottle,and wipe down right away with a damp rag.It will then come off and turn easily.


or stick it outside on the roof of your fur shed in the snow overnight. wink

I mist mine with a spray bottle as well and never cracked or ripped anything since.

MP if I set my fur on the roof over night I would wake up to Raven shredding fur party in the morning...lol

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#3260115 - 08/06/12 02:49 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
martenpine Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 1937
Loc: user conflictville, Alaska 99X...
you need to start getting up earlier jeff!

A good smack on the nose to the floor will sometimes break them free also.


Edited by martenpine (08/06/12 02:51 AM)
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#3260116 - 08/06/12 02:57 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
yukonjeff Offline
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Registered: 01/02/08
Posts: 857
Loc: M.T.V. Alaska
If I had $100 bills up on the roof? ..you bet I would.

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#3260205 - 08/06/12 07:38 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: yukonjeff]
gibb Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 458
Loc: North Bay Ontario
Every time the subject of boards comes up I get a good laugh, I think trappers do not get it and this issue about board sizes is rooted in ignorance.
For just about every fur-bearing animal, you can use one size board.
The exception is mink and marten, but for the sake of arguing in the north Alaska, Yukon, NWT, you can use one size. The large ranch mink board just mark one side for marten and the other for mink.
Marten 16 18 21 23
Mink 17 19 21 23
Jim

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#3260357 - 08/06/12 10:04 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Boco Online   content
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 700
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
The way I get stuck marten off the board,if its stuck fur out-
Wet the nose of animal good with spray bottle,
Peel nose off the end of the board and then give board a couple of taps on concrete floor,
If still stuck,put the nose of marten in a vise and pull board out.

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#3260375 - 08/06/12 10:19 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14801
Loc: McGrath, AK
Wax your boards and it eliminates almost all problems.
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#3260391 - 08/06/12 10:26 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
Boco Online   content
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Registered: 08/08/11
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Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
I like my boards so they absorb moisture,although thats not critical with marten.

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#3260406 - 08/06/12 10:34 AM Re: Marten boards? [Re: white17]
alaska viking Offline
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Registered: 12/25/07
Posts: 1845
Loc: juneau, alaska
Originally Posted By: white17
Wax your boards and it eliminates almost all problems.

Yup. White turned me on to this idea a few years ago, and it works like a charm.
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#3260521 - 08/06/12 12:10 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
sheephunter Offline
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Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 0
Loc: Western Wyoming
FT,
No I didn't, as soon as I read your post I had to go outside and punch myself. I can't believe I fought those marten and didn't think of that. I'll never do that again. White, wax with trap wax?

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#3260569 - 08/06/12 01:13 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
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"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14801
Loc: McGrath, AK
Just take a block of paraffin and rub it all over the board..especially the head and edges. Rub it in well. Lots of it on the head area.
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#3260976 - 08/06/12 06:47 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: HFT AK]
vegasjim Offline
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Registered: 11/20/10
Posts: 176
Loc: alaska
I posted on another thread about removing grease and skin oil from boards after years of use. Any ideas on this from you gents? Jim

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#3261271 - 08/06/12 09:08 PM Re: Marten boards? [Re: vegasjim]
trapper ron Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1213
Loc: Kelowna BC Canada
On thing that works well to dampen a stuck pelt is to use damp sawdust. Spread some damp sawdust on the floor, lay the pelt and board on it and cover with more sawdust. Does not take too long to relax the pelt without getting it too damp.

Another thing to do is set it outside (winter time) for half hour and it will probably slip right off.

Cedar boards have a natural oil which helps the pelts slip off.

Do not forget the belly board and use a tiny wedge under it at the bottom.
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