An animal skinner is described that has a base attached to a support on which an arm and a crank are positioned. A skin retainer is positioned on the base. A hang line is engaged to the crank at one end, travels through a hang line guide attached to the arm, and is engaged to an animal fastener at the other end. The animal skinner is attached to a brace. In operation, an animal is attached to the animal fastener and the skin is positioned in the skin retainer. When the crank is operated, the animal is hoisted and pulled out of its skin.