I bought my first trapping license in Labrador in 87 Then I moved to NS and trapped here for 3 years then got posted out west but didn't trap. Once I got back to NS I started again and I've held a trapping license every year since 93 . My rule was to do up all the dry fur that was caught today. Any wet fur was dried and processed tomorrow if dry. along with that days dry fur. In 95 I ran into an older trapper out Lake Echo way , Porter Lake . He trapping all over east of Dartmouth He trapped one side of the creek and I was on the other side of the creek.
If he had a snare on a log crossing I had a snare on my side. This is how I learned to trap watching what he did. . Seems the cats were almost always in his sets.
Anyways Lee Adams was his name . He trapped only on nice days as he was retired from the dock yard. He only skinned all dry critters today. He never fleshed any animals until mid Jan and worked on them til mid Feb when he was ready for the trappers work shop in Mar . He always entered fur in the competition under he and his son name but Lee did all the work. Many years in a row they cleaned up the first places
If he didn't win then he would tell me that is fixed as the judges thought that he won too often.
Anyways Lee is gone now and others have taken his place with fine fur handling at the workshop.
So this season I decided to change up my rule of process same day to skinning and freezing til Feb.
Total fur thus far was 2 mink (caught in the chicken coop) 2 yotes (Caught at my bait site), and 3 nuisance beaver from a neighbors place.
I found my fur didn't flesh as well as fresh so this is my last year trying that.
When do you do up your fur?.