Every year in the town of Golden Hill, contestants gather for two important competitions in the National Outdoor Show. Local high school girls compete to become "Miss Outdoors," queen of the show and its representative for the year. On the same stage, the world's best muskrat skinners compete to see who can skin the fastest. Muskrat Lovely follows the events leading to the 50th crowning of "Miss Outdoors." It's an ironic and tender look at the yearly event of a close-knit community in a remote area of the Chesapeake Bay. A place where men still make their living off the water, and the opportunities for glamor are few. Written by
With a sharp knife, make an incision across the back of the muskrat from one hind leg to the other. Take the tail of the rat in your right hand, and the cut fur in your left. Pull back on the fur and down on the tail (the way a glove or stocking is taken off), then lay the rat on the floor. Pull the fur loose from the right leg.
Cut the fur loose from the tail. Pull it loose from the left leg and, with your right hand, pull the loose fur from the stomach of the rat. With your right thumb, pull the forepaws out. Turn the rat on its stomach and put your right foot on the tail. Grasp the pelt in your left hand. Cut the ears and eyes loose from the carcass. Cut the pelt loose from the tip of the nose. See more »