The following is a step by step instructional pictorial on the proper skinning procedure for skinning coyotes, it is graphic in nature if you are not accustomed to things of this nature . It is also the way that you are to skin bobcat, coon,skunk, mink, muskrat, fox, otter, fisher for the fur market. The skinning technique is called case skinning.If your not skilled on proper fleshing and drying fur for sale, doing at least the skinning you can at least add some value to the pelt vs. trying to sell the animal whole. Every step you take in pelt handling from skinning to stretching and drying increases what you will get from a fur buyer. If you just want a pelt for yourself to get tanned you will have to at least skin the animal and salt it to send off to a tannery. So lets get started. Heres a short vid I made as well. I had 2 coyotes to skin, by the time I had the video angle figured so the second coyote would video tape better the batteries went dead ughhhhhh. So it's not the best but it'll have to do for now. I should have taken my cover alls off, it got hot,lol.
First you want to wear nitrile or latex gloves to keep your hands clean and prevent the possibility of contracting any possible diseases, then take a comb or heavy brush like one used for grooming a dog and comb or brush out any burrs or mats in the fur,it'll help your pelt look nicer when presented to a fur buyer. It's best if you skin the animal as soon as possible to prevent hair slippage or spoiling of the hide which will render the pelt worthless, skinning HOT will also aid in the ease of skinning. Once you have the pelt brushed out take and wipe any blood off the fur, if there is alot of blood it doesn't hurt to wash off with a hose, if you use a hose the hide obviously will be wet, so it's best and easier that after washing to hang the animal by a front foot with a fan blowing on the animal overnite to dry it off before skinning. A leaf blower would help speed up the drying as well. The reason to hang by a front foot allows the water to run off in the natural direction of the fur using gravity as an aid in the drying as well.
Now with the animal brushed and washed(if necessary) we now can proceed to start skinning. First take and tie a rope around one back foot or secure one back foot in a bench vise. I find that a rope from a garage rafter works well. Now take a sharp knife and make a cut from one back foot straight across to the other back foot. It's best if you run the blade just under the hide with the cutting edge up.
Now that the first cut is made, take and make 2 more cuts from the base of the underside of the tail just above the anus and make the cut to the initial cut so that it looks like the pic below. Once those 2 cuts are made you can peel the hide from the carcass using your fingers, you may have to cut the hide free from the carcass at times, especially if the animal is cold.
Now that the pelt is cool you'll either need to flesh it or freeze it. For now we'll freeze it, you simply take and fold the pelt in half and put inside a plastic bag and freeze, but make sure your pelt is completely cool before putting in the bag or the fur and the bag combined can hold body heat for quite awhile and risk spoilage. I also dont recommend salting the hide before freezing, because salt will prevent it from freezing completely and if some spot are not thoroughly salted the hide could spoil in spots and ruin your hard earned pelt.
I hope this explains well enough that you can skin your first coyote with very little difficulty and get you going in the direction of being a proficient skinner.