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#6054292 - 11/14/17 11:57 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KC135A]
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 146
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
Originally Posted By: KC135A
Originally Posted By: Michigan Trappin
If you have wives, send them to tannery



Mines got tough enough hide as it is!


LOL, How many wives do you need ?

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#6054349 - 11/14/17 01:12 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: tmrschessie]
WadeRyan Offline
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Registered: 07/05/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Southeast Nebraska
Originally Posted By: tmrschessie
If your back to $3 coon and catch 200 your going to make $600 easy math and when we used to get $2 a coon with the feet skinned out we went for numbers then also.


Some people just don't understand that in some areas even if they are cheap they are one of our main fur-bearers. I can't go catch a $1000 bobcat in my area, and a $100 coyote here is pretty well impossible to obtain. I have been chasing the coyotes pretty hard compared to anything else so far this season, but I'm still taking coons in numbers.

Some will criticize the fact I'm catching coons, but even in this market I've had two fur buyers contact me wanting to look at the coyotes. That's fine I'm all about selling the coyotes, but it comes with a stipulation that my coons go with. You can all call me crazy, but I just got a $7 green average quote on 3xl up coons (which 95% of the coons I've caught so far meet). It'll pay the gas and then some.

I'm not going to waste my time putting them up, and shipping to auction to have them sell for $9.00 put up. The time/effort to scrape a coon isn't worth it.
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#6054483 - 11/14/17 04:20 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 715
Loc: N.Y./N.J.
the older I get it makes me think I might not have that many years left to trap. So this year I will trap again. Not to hard or take time off from work. Just go out and enjoy myself and catch some fur and put it up like always.

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#6054486 - 11/14/17 04:26 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 24033
Loc: Northern Maine
I just love and enjoy trapping.
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#6054490 - 11/14/17 04:29 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: Bruce T]
Big Possum Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 465
Loc: Illinois
Beats laying in bed from back surgery like the season last year. I'll take trapping anytime!
Joe
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#6054614 - 11/14/17 06:38 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 80
Loc: Morgan Co. KY
For me, it has always been about the whole lifestyle and all that it encompasses. I enjoy working in the fur shed as much (maybe more) than the actual trapping. Time is something I have this time of the year, and any animals caught will be put up. I am going to make no money watching a 30 minute show on Netflix, but in that same thirty minutes I can make a few dollars and enjoy myself. To me being competent and taking pride in properly putting up fur is all part of it. I guess you could call me old school. When I was a kid we would sell fur to Ison Fur Co. outside of Xenia Ohio. The trips there were magical! I would annoy old Lester to death near the enormous wood stove and watch as he or some of the other guys would grade green, or on the round hides, and then deftly skin and flesh and make it look effortless. The sights, the sounds, the smells.... all of it appealed to me. Still does.

Tom

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#6054653 - 11/14/17 07:23 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: TrappingTom]
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Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 343
Loc: Perkinstown,, Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: TrappingTom
For me, it has always been about the whole lifestyle and all that it encompasses. I enjoy working in the fur shed as much (maybe more) than the actual trapping. Time is something I have this time of the year, and any animals caught will be put up. I am going to make no money watching a 30 minute show on Netflix, but in that same thirty minutes I can make a few dollars and enjoy myself. To me being competent and taking pride in properly putting up fur is all part of it. I guess you could call me old school. When I was a kid we would sell fur to Ison Fur Co. outside of Xenia Ohio. The trips there were magical! I would annoy old Lester to death near the enormous wood stove and watch as he or some of the other guys would grade green, or on the round hides, and then deftly skin and flesh and make it look effortless. The sights, the sounds, the smells.... all of it appealed to me. Still does.

Tom


I myself do like putting up fur. Its awesome to be out in the shed alone listening to talk radio and putting up fur. Sometime I am out there yet until 3am.
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#6054664 - 11/14/17 07:33 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 01/15/08
Posts: 9374
Loc: Central Pa. 57
I do it because I enjoy doing the trapping and the put up. Is it a paying proposition for me? I don't get paid anything to set on the couch and watch TV or to sit in front of this computer and chat with you fellas. So I guess trapping pays me more than the other options.
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#6054687 - 11/14/17 07:50 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 4247
Loc: ks-ok-mo
I hate to see it all leave the shop. A lot of work but I enjoy it all. Countless hours skinning,fleshing,washing,combing,etc. Then the day comes it is all gone in a snap of the finger.
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#6054701 - 11/14/17 07:59 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13661
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
If you catch it,skin it,unless it's diseased and has no value.

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#6054713 - 11/14/17 08:13 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: Boco]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 3759
Loc: East-Central Wisconsin
Everyone of us has a different idea of what "cheap" is. Is cheap a $2 finished coon, $5, $10 or anything less than $15 ditto rats, fox, beaver etc.
Each of also has a different idea of what our time is worth to us and or what our other options may be.
For me if I did not feel like finishing the fur I catch I probably would not set the traps to catch the fur to begin with. I talked to two farmers today and you know they feel that $3 coons eat just as much corn as do the $25 coons and I don't argue that fact. One told me today he did not expect me to run long lines to catch lots of coons but when he contacts me with problems this winter and spring he would like me to respond. I can't ask for more cooperation than that.
If it costs a buyer say $2 to $3 to handle a pelt then anything green at that value or below has negative value to him. If you put it up you may get the $2-$3 he did not have to pay.
Bryce

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#6054722 - 11/14/17 08:19 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 2967
Loc: Armpit, ak
If you chose to put up junk fur, it gives you the option to dump it on a Canadian Auction and they can deal with it. smile
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#6054786 - 11/14/17 09:32 PM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 05/17/15
Posts: 452
Loc: Southern Illinois
If I can cover my gas and bait with putting up cheap fur Ill do it.
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#6054952 - 11/15/17 06:22 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 4247
Loc: ks-ok-mo
I like the phrase work smarter not harder.
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#6054985 - 11/15/17 07:19 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: Boco]
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Registered: 08/27/10
Posts: 2177
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: Boco
If you catch it,skin it,unless it's diseased and has no value.


You don't have possum, easy for you to say that! :}
Should I skin 50 cent possums? By the time I put them up, I'm already in the hole, if I count my time at all.
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#6055060 - 11/15/17 08:50 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: PAskinner]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 3759
Loc: East-Central Wisconsin
There are many times differences between "cheap" fur and "junk" fur. Cheap many times is market related and junk is quality related.
Good fall large WI rats are cheap but not junk fur, ditto 2xl 1-11 grade average color coons. Their cheap but not necessarily junk. Those furs just don't have much value in the current market.

Bryce

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#6055063 - 11/15/17 08:53 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 2201
Loc: Alaska and Washington State
^^^^^^^
Good point.
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#6055095 - 11/15/17 09:42 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 07/28/13
Posts: 671
Loc: Northwest Territories
Don't even trap with anattitude like that. Stay home and play call of duty. If you kill it is you responsibility to do the best you can with it. Morally and probably legally. It's dummies like you that give trappers a bad namesake in mommies basement and tell for her to bring you more chicken fingers.

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#6055101 - 11/15/17 09:48 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: KeithC]
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Registered: 12/05/12
Posts: 1720
Loc: WI
Lmfao^^^^^^

You have no clue....

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#6055110 - 11/15/17 09:56 AM Re: Do you think it's worth it, putting up cheap fur? [Re: bblwi]
Dirt Offline
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Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 2967
Loc: Armpit, ak
Originally Posted By: bblwi
There are many times differences between "cheap" fur and "junk" fur. Cheap many times is market related and junk is quality related.
Good fall large WI rats are cheap but not junk fur, ditto 2xl 1-11 grade average color coons. Their cheap but not necessarily junk. Those furs just don't have much value in the current market.

Bryce


I disagree. Junk fur is a pelt that is not worth the time and effort to trap. skin, and stretch. Sometimes low quality pelts are worth selling. An ever changing situation. Right now, if I skin an ermine and send it to a Canadian Auction it is junk fur. Squirrels have always been. Junk fur has no market or very cheap.
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