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Q. May I use the Air Skinner on deer that are laying down, not hanging?
A. Yes! This is the best position for deer to be in.

The best way to use The Air Skinner is to start at the NECK FIRST. The neck hide is the toughest, and beginning at the neck first gives the most expansion possible in that area. You’ll observe the air going down the neck and into the ribs, shoulders, legs, and back. When the air reaches the rump, stop from the neck point and do the legs on top. Next, roll the deer over and do the legs that were first on the bottom.

We found that 6 points of injection: neck, four legs, and haunch are the fewest places to inject on a NON-FROZEN deer. It’s taken 12-15 points of injection on a FROZEN deer and up to 150 lbs. of pressure to get the job done.

Q. What is the best position for the animal to be in when beginning the Air Skinner process?
A. The animal should be lying down on its side. If the animal is hanging, the legs pull the hide more tightly and do not let the air expand the hide as far. It can be used when the animal is hanging, but an effectiveness loss will be noticed.

Q. What PSI and CFM are recommended?
A. 100 to 120 PSI at 5.3 – 5.7 CFM with a 3/8” hose. We have successfully (but cautiously) used up to 150 PSI on frozen deer and as low as 80 PSI on unfrozen deer.

Q. What size needle do I use for deer, and why are the different sizes in the kit?
A. For the hide removal of a deer, small buck, or doe (meat animal), we recommend only the eight ga. Air Skinner needle. The 12 ga. is primarily used for caping - less CFM through the smaller needle prevents too rapid of cape expansion and possibly damage to the inner lining of the ears.

The 14 and 16 ga. Air Skinner needles are for smaller game such as fox, coyote, and beaver, and I have even used the 16 ga. to pop the skin off many ducks. On teal, the skin comes off the breastbone nicely; a couple of seconds is all it takes! We don’t adjust the air pressure, 100-120 PSI; we always vary the needle size to change the CFM to what we want.

Q. Will the Air Skinner work on geese & ducks?
A. Yes! The Air Skinner works great on geese and ducks. Use the 12 ga. needle on geese and the 16 ga. needle on mallards. A quick pop will separate the tough skin off the breastbone!

Q. Will the Air Skinner work on raccoons?
A. Yes! Many coon hunters and trappers have used the Air Skinner with great success.

Q. Will the Air Skinner work on beaver?
A. Yes! Many trappers have used the Air Skinner with great success.