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General Questions

Q. What can the Air Skinner be used on?

A. The Air Skinner has been used on all sorts of game, large and small, fish & birds, and even some reptiles.  It has been proven effective on most everything, but shows mixed results on bears and pigs that are fat. (The lard fat of these 2 species is the problem).  Now, we have had some customers say it works awesome on pigs, but we prefer to err on the side of caution and say results are mixed.   (Note: JB Speedy Taxidermy has used the Air Skinner on pigs and found it cut the skinning time from 45 minutes to 5 minutes)


Q. Can I use the Air Skinner on game that has not been field dressed?

A. I don't recommend it.  First, you should always remove the visceral as soon as possible to preserve meat quality.  Second, by not field dressing first one might in the process, force blood and possibly stomach and other fluids, under pressure, into the meat.  The only exception would be animals you don't intend to eat, such as wolves or coyotes.  


Q. Do I run the risk of “blowing up” the animal I’m trying to skin?

A. Generally no, however on smaller animals, air pressure and needle insertion are key to the success of the Air Skinner process. Inserting a needle deep into the animal’s body and using excessive air pressure does have the potential to “blow up” a smaller animal.  In the 20+ years of running Air Skinner, we have not heard of one instance where a large animal (whitetail deer, for example) is blown up.


Q. Do you have instruction sheets available? I lost my copy.

A. Yes!  Please click here for downloadable instruction sheets with step-by-step directions for removing the hide from a deer.  Other large game animals like Moose, Caribou, Elk, etc. are similar.


Q. How do I attach this to an air supply?

A. In all kits, the needles attach to the included air nozzle by way of two adapters. The easiest method to attach to your air compressor is by purchasing a coupler and using a quick connect on your air hose. 


Q. If I use helium instead of air, will I be able to walk the deer home on a string?

A. I really do get asked this question, or questions like it.  Can't say I've ever tried, but to be honest, I'm pretty confident it wouldn't work.  But if we could float the deer out of the woods and down to my truck, that would definitely be a help!


Q. On an unfrozen animal, why does it always pull harder on the neck than on the legs?

A. The order in which the insertions are made is vital to the success of the product. Always start with the neck area before moving on to the legs and hindquarters.


Q. Should I be concerned about blowing rusty water from my air compressor under the hide?

A. Air compressors blow rusty water when the tank has not been drained properly, and water has been allowed to sit for long periods of time at the bottom of the compressor tank.  This is a safety issue and unrelated to your Air Skinner tool - rust weakens the compressor tank and can lead to rupture and injury.  In general, if you are concerned about possible contaminents in your compressor, inexpensive filters or water separators can be placed inline with your air hose.


Q. Won't all of the air escape around the bullet hole or field dressing?

A. Certainly some air may leak around the field dressing, or bullet hole, but this has not proven to be a problem, especially if you wait a few hours before using the Air Skinner.  We have had some folks use the Air Skinner right after dragging their game out of the woods, and others after their game had been hanging for a few days, both with excellent results.  We know this tool will work just fine, which is why we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!