Miss Outdoors a whiz at muskrat skinning

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CAMBRIDGE, Md., March 2 (UPI) -- The outgoing Miss Outdoors, Dakota Abbott, said at a Dorchester County, Md., competition that the key to a successful muskrat skinning is a very sharp knife.

The 17-year-old girl, who won the Miss Outdoors title in 2008, earned $100 and a set of muskrat traps by winning the women's junior championship trophy in a muskrat-skinning contest last weekend, the Los Angeles Times said Monday.


"You want a real sharp knife and a good grip," Abbott said at Saturday's event.

The tradition of Miss Outdoors competitions and muskrat skinning began in 2003 when contestant Tiffany Brittingham donned a sharp knife, along with jewelry and makeup to show off her skinning skills.

This year's competition even included a contestant who scalded a large chicken before plucking the feathers from the bird, the Times said.

But once the judges' votes were tallied in this year's Miss Outdoors event, Abbigail Tyler was victorious thanks to a singing performance of "Red High Heels."

Meanwhile, event emcee Buddy Foxwell had one unusual pageant request for all contestants.

"All contestants are reminded to take your carcasses home with you," Foxwell said.


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