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#2073963 - 12/14/11 07:45 PM BOBCAT PELTS
BEARDOGGER Offline
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Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 14
Loc: St Johns, AZ USA
Whats to best way to stretch bobcat hides? Some guys say do it like coyote with the legs straight out. But others say to Nevada stretch them and you will get more out of them when you go to sell them, but I am unfamiliar with the Nevada stretch, so I'm not sure whats better. Any info would be great!!

Thanks,
Wyatt


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#2073988 - 12/14/11 08:02 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: BEARDOGGER]
sharkathmi Offline
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 4231
Loc: Western Colorado
Do you have a fur buyer lined up? If so, ask him how he wants them done.
Our local fur buyer DOES NOT want the legs sticking out. It just creates a problem for him when he goes to bail them for shipping.
He wants cats stretched out so that the the front legs are stretched up and tacked by the mouth area. That way you can see more of the white and spots on the inside of the legs.
He also really wants you to pin the ears down flat to the board.
He's our only local buyer so I do it the way he wants it.
HTH

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#2074008 - 12/14/11 08:22 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: sharkathmi]
BEARDOGGER Offline
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Registered: 11/07/10
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Loc: St Johns, AZ USA
I was gunna send all mine to the NAFA, when I called them they were telling me prices twice as high as the local fur buyers. But there is a guy my buddy sells all of his bobs to that wants to legs straight out. But I thought that might just be because he wants to pay less for the hides then they would be worth if you Nevada stretched them. But like I said I'm only familiar with the legs straight out, so I couldn't be sure. Is there anything special to the Nevada stretch or is the only difference the legs up toward to mouth?

Thanks
Wyatt


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#2074013 - 12/14/11 08:25 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: BEARDOGGER]
sharkathmi Offline
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Registered: 12/26/07
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Loc: Western Colorado
I'm not familiar with the Nebraska stretch that you mention.
Hopefully someone will chime in and explain it. Maybe with a picture.
I'll go google it now....

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#2074062 - 12/14/11 09:02 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: sharkathmi]
paloduro Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 227
Loc: texas
It is the Nevada stretch,notice how the front legs are and that the back legs are pinned together. This gives the appearance of a longer belly

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#2074082 - 12/14/11 09:16 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: paloduro]
sharkathmi Offline
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That is exactly how our local buyer wants them.
All the way down to the clothes hangers in the front legs!

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#2074191 - 12/14/11 10:35 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: sharkathmi]
BEARDOGGER Offline
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Registered: 11/07/10
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Loc: St Johns, AZ USA
Thats what it is the Nevada stretch! The wooden stretchers I got don't have the wooden board going up the middle, and when you put the legs together like that doesn't it put a bunch of slack between them?
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#2074391 - 12/15/11 07:26 AM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: BEARDOGGER]
DustyC Offline
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Registered: 07/15/11
Posts: 128
Loc: Sweetwater Wyoming
Thats the only way tto do it in my book. Just makes your cats look better.
Nice cats paloduro!!

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#2074494 - 12/15/11 09:54 AM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: DustyC]
EJ Reichenbach Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 2637
Loc: Montana
I have done it both ways and last year I just cut the front legs short and got my highest prices ever, topping out at 735 for one tom. I use a wood stretch then I cut 19 inches off the top of a coon stretcher and use it on my wood stretcher for the head and neck area this will gain you a good 3 inches on every cat, turning large cats into xlarge cats, just make sure that the belly is pinned straight across at the bottom that way no matter where the buyer measures to he will get the same number, cuz I have seen them measure to the shortest spot especially if the cat is on the boarder of being an xlarge to large cat. Hope this makes sense, basically you can get more out of your cat depending on what you do on the stretcher.

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#2074559 - 12/15/11 11:10 AM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: paloduro]
ShadowFox32 Offline
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Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 138
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: paloduro
It is the Nevada stretch,notice how the front legs are and that the back legs are pinned together. This gives the appearance of a longer belly


Are those Otis Latham stretchers?
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#2074896 - 12/15/11 04:47 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: ShadowFox32]
COCat Offline
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Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 40
Loc: Colorado
Nice cats Paloduro. Those are Otis boards. Heres a heavy CO cat on the same board.


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#2075344 - 12/15/11 10:43 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: COCat]
paloduro Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 227
Loc: texas
Yes they are Otis Latham stretchers. The best I have ever used.

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#2075554 - 12/16/11 06:57 AM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: paloduro]
DustyC Offline
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Registered: 07/15/11
Posts: 128
Loc: Sweetwater Wyoming
The boards that EJ Reichenbach are explaining are the only way to go, in my opinion. My friend Tom Krause taught me how to build them and get alot more strecth out of them. Longer cat= more money.

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#2076229 - 12/16/11 06:35 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: DustyC]
sharkathmi Offline
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 4231
Loc: Western Colorado
EJ Reichenbach & DustyC
Can either of you post some pics of what you are talking about?
Thanks

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#2080854 - 12/20/11 08:11 PM Re: BOBCAT PELTS [Re: sharkathmi]
yotehunter57 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 2425
Loc: Arkansas
Yes, PLEASE, show us how to make those stretchers.

Shayne
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