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    Big Hairy Beaver!

    I went to visit my friend Bernt on the weekend as we were going to put out some salt stones in our hunting terrain for the roe deer and moose to help them after the winter months and also scout the terrain with the dogs to check for any signs of roe deer and moose. On arrival I was greeted by a big beaver just laying on the front garden lawn... a very hill billy start to the morning! lol.

    He had been out at 4am and had seen several beavers and managed to shoot a 15kg female with his .243 and a Hornady V-Max, he shot it at 75 meters right behind the shoulder and it dropped on the spot.

    Here's some pics of before, during and after the skinning.











    OK, now for the gory pics of the skinning, so if you are easily offended or have a weak stomach don't scroll down any further!


















    The beaver skin is now being salted prior to sending to the tannery so it can be used in the future as a nice warm fur for sitting on during the winter months. The skull will be boiled, cleaned of any flesh and bleached to make it bright white, I will post up pics of the finished fur and skull in a future post.
    Jonathan

    My Hunting Blog: click here


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    Can you eat beaver? (and I do mean the animal)

    Matt.

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    Thank God for pictures of the carcass. I thought I had logged on to the wrong sort of web site.

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    Hi Matt,

    Yes you can eat beaver it is usually made into a stew, I tried it for the first time when I was in Riga a few weeks ago and it was served up as a starter all shredded up in a type of vinaigrette with a side salad and it was really nice! The meat has to be prepared before cooking, if i remember correctly most people soak it overnight in milk.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6.5/284matt View Post
    Can you eat beaver? (and I do mean the animal)

    Matt.
    Jonathan

    My Hunting Blog: click here


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    what do you do with the tail? Must have a use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deer man View Post
    what do you do with the tail? Must have a use?
    The tail can be used to make wallets if treated correctly, or some people leave it on the skin if they want a small rug for the house.
    Jonathan

    My Hunting Blog: click here


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    that is one big beaver!
    My inlaws are Canadian and they have problems with beaver damming the culverts and under road drains.

    never seen one that big! even in all my time as a student in Liverpool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    never seen one that big! even in all my time as a student in Liverpool!


    This one only weighed 15KG's so it's only a medium sized beaver, they do go above 30KGS!
    Jonathan

    My Hunting Blog: click here


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    do they taste fishy?

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    hey nice beaver ,couldnt resist.
    great pics though and that will be a nice seat for winter . you wouldnt want to get in the way of those teeth, atb wayne

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