The First Cut is the Deepest: How to Skin a Muskrat

Photo by Preston Keres Washington Post

Photo by Preston Keres Washington Post

Where do you go after winning the Miss Outdoors beauty contest? If you’re Dakota Abbot, the 2008 winner of the Miss Outdoors crown, you go back to your first love – skinning muskrats.

“The first cut is crucial – you have to pinch the fur at the hind legs and cut straight into that meaty area there. You slice down and out real quick and just push your rat inside out,” said Miss Abbot according to the Los Angeles Times. Abbot went on to win the women’s junior championship for muskrat skinning at the 64th Annual National Outdoor Show. Her prize? One hundred bucks and a set of muskrat traps.

If you’ve got a hankerin’ to skin yourself some muskrats (and win the Miss Outdoors 2010 title?) let Dave Duncan show you how. It takes a special kind of man to skin a muskrat in his church shoes. Or you can watch this video of muskrat skinning on Youtube.