The initial cuts are probably the most critical part for a proper skinning job, especially if you plan to make a rug out of your hide. I make my first cut from inside the anus, straight up the middle of the belly to the throat, where the neck meets the skull. Next, I cut from the back of the pad on the hind feet straight down the back of the leg to the anus. I usually stay just on the inside of the back edge where the natural part in the hair is, so that not too much hide is left on the side or the back of the legs when it's spread out. Finally, I cut from the center chest cut I already made out to the elbow. I usually cut a straight line from the elbow to the chest (making sure not to get down into the armpit). Then, I continue the cut from the elbow to the bottom of the front pad, right down the middle of the leg. Now you are ready to start peeling some skin.