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#11905 - 12/06/05 10:23 PM How do you do your bobcat legs?
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 05/30/05
Posts: 115
Loc: Wolf creek, KY
How do you guys handle the front legs on your bobcats? leave them out or in like a fox?

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#11906 - 12/06/05 10:40 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
RiverOtter Offline
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Registered: 02/27/05
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Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
IN! Makes them look neat and tidy.

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#11907 - 12/06/05 10:42 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 05/30/05
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Loc: Wolf creek, KY
thanks, thats what i was thinking. seems like the ones with the legs out like kinda sloppy.

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#11908 - 12/07/05 06:41 AM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 683
Loc: CORRALES, NM
If you tube them down to the elbow and right after you turn them fur out on the stretchers insert 1.5" or so wide laths into the legs, you can, by rolling the lathes, turn the spots on the legs out which accentuates the belly. To do this the lathes should be about 18" long. When you insert them they should extend inside the pelt forming an "X" in the lower neck region. Also, only leave the lathes in for the first day or so of drying; this is enough time to shape the pelt. When finished the legs will lay flat and along the sides of the pelt. To lessen sticking (fast season the lathes) wipe them lightly with Vaseline or the like...Crisco works too.

One down side of legs in, is that buyers cannot easily determine if critical cuts for collar production can be made...if the legs are opened too far up furriers cannot make this cut easily if at all. Now then this may not be very important with some races of Bobs but it is where the money is with our Southwestern cats; it is where the $500 cats come from.

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#11909 - 12/07/05 08:09 AM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Tom: Can you provide a picture of that?

smile -- Hal
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#11910 - 12/07/05 05:20 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
WACKYQUACKER Offline
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Registered: 04/03/02
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Loc: CORRALES, NM
Soon as a start cat trapping I will be able too...just got to remember.

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#11911 - 12/07/05 06:52 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 05/30/05
Posts: 115
Loc: Wolf creek, KY
Seems like thiers no clear cut way that fur buyers prefer them huh? Ive asked this question and I have been told about 4 different ways of doing it. Guess Ill try and see what my buyers like. My bobcats in the past have went to taxi's on the carcass so thier was no need in putting them up. Im shipping mine this year.

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#11912 - 12/07/05 07:48 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
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Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 646
Loc: Monashee Mtns, British Columbi...
I would like to see a pic as well, sounds like something I'd like to try out. A lathe, is that like a thin piece of venier? confused

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#11913 - 03/08/06 10:12 AM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
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Tom provided these photos:







Thank you, Tom
smile -- Hal
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#11914 - 03/08/06 02:00 PM Re: How do you do your bobcat legs?
NEbowhunter Offline
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Registered: 04/21/05
Posts: 574
Loc: Holdrege, Nebraska
around here, quite a few cats are bought with the legs cut and flared to dry on cardboard. The guy from NAFA does demos on fur handling and does it this way. I do mine that way and like it better. if they are good through the front legs, seems to "show case" the white more. appearance of more of wider white belly. got a freind that has bought fur for years and his dad bought fur for years and he actually puts up cats on the sides for fur buyers and he's always done it that way.

Shows how things are different in some areas i guess. To each his own. smile

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