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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by taliv, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    what do pelts/furs go for these days?

    is there a market?
  2. Sol

    Sol New Member

    I'm sure there is a market though it's probably small.

    Most products that demand fur and leather get their material from farms.

    Martens, minks and chinchilla are all farm bred anymore.

    If you want to sell like coyote, deer or fox fur you may want to try your hand at local specialty shows. The only time I see full pelts are at Pow wows, renaissance fairs and what have you. I've seen vendors trying to sell full deer pelts (minus head/face) for $250 and coyote face leather for $30. I don't know if they sold though.
  3. witchhunter

    witchhunter Active Member

    Bobcat is through the roof, 500 being the average I have heard lately. One big one was sold for 1100 by a guy I know. Coyotes are 30-60 lately.
  4. Edventures

    Edventures New Member

    check Hardings magazine "fur,fish and game" they always posted fur prices when I was trapping. but my local buyers write the check.
    there is a market last I heard coon were up to twenty for prime.
    but don't quote me on that.
  5. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote New Member

    Depends alot on size, prime, condition, and location taken.
    Good quality fur is selling for a pretty darn good price, as it was last year.
    Witchhunters bobcat prices are accurate for my area, High end coyote and fox can top $100, average grades $40 to $70. Good coon to $20 as stated is also spot on.
    I did hear it might be slowing a bit, I will find out when I take mine in.
  6. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    $500 for bobcat?? wow
  7. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote New Member

    I know of several that reached $1100 last year.
  8. Patocazador

    Patocazador New Member

    We have quite a few bobcats in Fla. but the warm temps don't make for good fur.
  9. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Active Member

    trapperman.com has some good information. THR poster JimmyRayThompson probably has some good info for pelts in the Southeast.
  10. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Active Member

    Looks like prices are on the way up again, then. I quit trapping coyotes when prices fell and wasn't worth my time. If I can get 50 bucks for a good one now, I may have to put a line out again.
  11. rule303

    rule303 New Member

    Furs can be valuable, if they are prime and handled properly. To get top dollar, they need to be prime, skinned, fleshed, dried and stretched to the proper dimensions. Bullet damaged pelts have little to no value, which is why most furbearers are trapped. Animals from different parts of the country have different values also, southern Raccoons for example are only worth 1/3 to 1/2 of a thicker furred, larger northern coon. trapperman.com and predatormasters.com have a lot of info if you are interested in taking some fur.
  12. Starter52

    Starter52 Active Member

    Raw furs are strong this year. International buyers are driving up prices. Russians and Chinese consumers love American furs and have the money to buy them. I expect a good season.
  13. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Active Member

    Fur prices and demand are up this year. I heard folks are gettin' $20 a piece for muskrat and even coyote is worth bring home.
  14. juk

    juk New Member

    I'm not sure on the prices here, but there is an old feller with a beat up john boat that has over 1500 traps on the Tennessee River around Guntersville. He focuses on beaver and muskrat. He must do alright because he is out there every day, rain or shine, checking his traps and setting them. We have no shortage of Muskrat or Beaver around here.
  15. Kirklandk

    Kirklandk New Member

    Does anyone know a good tanning recipe for multiable pelts I would like to soft tan them!? Kirklandk
  16. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

    I shipped 61 pelts to North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) which shipped them to Canada. I sent 22 beaver, 12 muskrat, 16 coon and 12 otter. Only 21 pelts sold at the May auction. The remainder have been held over until the September auction. Most of my pelts graded Superior. I sold all 12 muskrats at an average of $11 ea. I sold one otter for $64 (it was xxlrge) the rest graded Superior DK (dark) went unsold. Bobcat and red fox are selling well as are muskrats. Coyote are fair as are grey fox but mink are about $10 for males and $5 for females.
  17. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

    The NAFA September auction concluded on Saturday. Wild fur did poorly overall but red fox, coyote and muskrat (trim fur) did fairly well. Otter and other short haired fur, which brought a premium last year, were way down. Of the 41 pelts I offered(held over from the May auction) only 19 sold. Out of 11 otter only 2 sold @$41.50 ea. This was not a good year unless you had a lot of bobcat (AKA lynx cat) or muskrats to sell. A warm winter in China and a flood of ranch mink was given as the reason for the dip in prices.
  18. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

    NAFA auction conclusion (from NAFA's homepage.)"NAFA CONCLUDES WILD FUR SALE

    September 6, 2014

    NAFA concluded its wild fur sale today with clearances much higher than expected. Fresh offerings of Coyote, Muskrat and Lynx Cat sold 100%, but more importantly, we offered all of the unsold skins from our May sale and were able to clear out large quantities throughout.

    Wild Mink sold 100%, as did Fisher, Sable, Lynx and Red Fox. 350,000 Raccoon were sold in this sale under strong competition, with China and Russia dominating. We have now sold over one million Raccoon this season, which is a Company record.

    65,000 trapper owned Beaver were offered, of which over 50,000 were sold. In most articles we now have very small quantities left and are going into the new season with most articles completely sold and the remainder with low inventories.

    Overall, the result of this wild fur sale can only be described as better than expected and hopefully the wild fur market has now turned for the better."
  19. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

    NAFA's outlook for 2015.

    :( NAFA's outlook for 2015. "Given normal weather conditions, we expect similar results next season, with good demand and clearances for long haired trimming articles, while shorter haired varieties and flatter sections may not perform as well. Low grades, damaged, early and late caught pelts will have little or no commercial value, and will be nearly impossible to sell. It will not be worth our producers’ time and effort to process and ship this type of merchandise and our shippers would be well advised to be selective in their hunting and trapping this coming season. In a market such as this, any inferior quality skin will be substantially discounted by the international trade simply because the cost of dressing and handling a lower grade or inferior pelt exceeds the value of the pelt and therefore is not worth it for them to buy, nor for you to ship."
  20. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    We have a very good market for them out here in Arizona. My Wife and one of my son's trap. And some friends of our's we have will hunt them with firearms, bob cats, skunks, coyotes, fox, and a few others. They flesh them, and do what ever must be done, then freeze then until the buyers are in town, which I think is twice per year, from what I remember.

    I don't know much about what price they fetch, but it's definitely worth the trouble. A couple of the friends we know got in excess of 18K for about 6 months of work. I just ask my wife and she said bob cats go for $300 and up, coyotes and fox about $35, just to give you some idea.


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