Well Fur season is over for another year.

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  1. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    Maybe my hands will get where I can grasp a hive tool soon...lol Put up over 650 furs this year for myself and 7 other hunters and trappers. I am ready for the relaxing time working with bees. Tom
     
  2. power napper

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    Wow, that is a lot of skinning and fleshing. A lot of hard work. What is the breakdown of types of skins?
     

  3. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    Here ya go...
    Coon...585
    cats....37
    Badger.. 5
    Beaver ..7
    muskrat ..1
    possum...1
    skunk...1
    coyotes 28

    And yes it was a lot of skinning, washing, sewing on some, fleshing, stretching, drying, pulling off stretchers, bagging and shipping...
     
  4. power napper

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    That is awesome. Anyone that has ever trapped understands. Thanks for the summary.
     
  5. Papakeith

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    I notice only 1 skunk :D was that by design?

    just by numbers that seems like a whole lot of work.
     
  6. brendantm130

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    who buys all that? Not apposed, just wondering.
     
  7. brendantm130

    brendantm130 New Member

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    could use some for my fly tying
     
  8. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    Nope, I just happened to get the skunk in a cage trap while getting rid of some coon in a barn for a farmer here.

    The fur was all shipped to NAFA (North American Fur Auction) Which is one of the largest fur auction available.

    The carcasses were fed to eagles the stay around during the winter for the free food. They would clean up a pickup bed load in about 72 hours. There were also coyotes, skunks, and bobcats feeding on the carcasses. I do not trap those animals.

    You pay the shipping and I will gladly fill your frying pan...LOL Tom
     
  9. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    As a matter of fact I enjoy trapping skunks....usually the local bee keepers let me know when they are having a problem with them...
     
  10. Papakeith

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    That makes sense.
    Two follow up questions:
    Is there actually much of a market for skunk fur?
    When they get trapped do they spray?
     
  11. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    yes there is a fare price on good skunk hides, usually $6 to $8 each, the essence usually goes for $10 an ounce, and I have sold a few undamaged skulls for a dollar each.

    Depends if they get riled up by another critter while in the trap or or not. I have take a lot of skunks in both foot hold and cage traps that have not sprayed at all. I have taken some though that have let loose with all the mustard and spray...Tom
     
  12. pturley

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    My brothers and I used to run traps for muskrat, fox and coon when I was young (teens). The best days were when we'd find a mink or two in a muskrat run trap.

    Me, I'd run mostly rats (easiest) and some box traps for coon. My second oldest brother was obsessed with fox trapping though (he liked the added challenge I guess).

    Despite catching the occasional skunk, we never bothered to peel one. The scent lures/cover scents for fox trapping was plenty enough.