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Black beaver #6174916
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Every so often I hear of someone trapping a black beaver. Is black beaver fur worth more?


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6175137
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In my experience, every time I sold one they brought a premium. Matter of fact, the only top lot beaver I sold was a 3xl heavy sel black. Should have kept it. 4 of the 6 in that colony were black, and made a nice paycheck. I remember I sold 12 or 13 from that 2 days of trapping and made over $500 from just the hides.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6175205
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A friend of mine is looking to buy some black fured beaver he wants them for a blanket project they are working on.
Allan


Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6175352
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As a general rule, black beaver bring more money. Almost always they go to the craft/tourist trade rather than the fur market.

There is a difference between black beaver and really dark beaver. Black beaver are BLACK.

Re: Black beaver [Re: Allan Minear] #6175695
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Originally Posted By: Allan Minear
A friend of mine is looking to buy some black fured beaver he wants them for a blanket project they are working on.
Allan

Try to find someone in northern lower Michigan. I have heard from a reliable source they can be quite common there.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6177080
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I think they are pretty rare around here

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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6177474
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Black beavers brings good price. Last spring I sold a black fall beaver at FHA for $66. I have two black XL beavers at this upcoming FHA sale. They aren't lofted in the catalog so I think they are sold already

Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6177732
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Or FHA could be saving their black beaver collection to be offered at their May sale.

Black beaver almost always sell to the craft/tourist market and those buyers don't travel to Helsinki. But they will be in North Bay.

Just an educated assumption on my part.

Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6177891
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I have caught 2 so far this season. Just salted one today for tanning. A local taxidermist here buys them for good money. His wife gets them tanned and makes things with them. He's always looking for more.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: fingertrapper] #6177907
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Originally Posted By: fingertrapper
Originally Posted By: Allan Minear
A friend of mine is looking to buy some black fured beaver he wants them for a blanket project they are working on.
Allan

Try to find someone in northern lower Michigan. I have heard from a reliable source they can be quite common there.

This is true and n my area. I don't trap beaver very hard but about one in 10 are black and most are dark. My best priced beaver past year was a tiny black one.


Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: Black beaver [Re: strike2x] #6178013
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The fella I know trapped "your" area. His average was 1 in 10 over the years.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6178283
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I did ADC work on two properties north of me last summer and both produced 50% black, sucked having to dispose those animals. But both properties are very hard to access so until prices rise considerably I won't ask to trap those properties during fur season just very hard to get to.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6180765
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I've not spoke to David but I'm sure he is still looking for some black beaver pelts if any are available please feel free to send a pm.
Allan


Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6181816
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Not a lot of black ones up here. Maybe 1 in 100 if you average it over the years if you are lucky. Caught 3 one year, then didn't catch one for years after that. I've been getting them tanned .


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Re: Black beaver [Re: John Deere Steve] #6182978
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Originally Posted By: John Deere Steve
I have caught 2 so far this season. Just salted one today for tanning. A local taxidermist here buys them for good money. His wife gets them tanned and makes things with them. He's always looking for more.
Interesting. I wonder how hard it is to find unique ways to sell them like that.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6183519
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It isn't hard to find unique ways to sell fur other than the fur market. Lots and lots and lots of options.

Do some research on google and eBay and you will have lots of ideas to work with.

One problem is that it is a limited market. Sort of a niche market. And those that are well established in their niche market might be reluctant to provide information.

Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6287284
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I've sold several over the years to Taxidermist for much more than I would have been able to get sell it at a fur buyer. $50 to $75


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6342024
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I haven't got a black 1 yet. Maybe this year, but I'm fine with whatever color they are.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6347438
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Itís my understanding that most black beavers come from close to the western Great Lakes. 70ís and early 80ís I trapped Douglas County WI and had close to 10% , most coming from the same drainage. Back then I got $ 1 extra for black ones. Wasnít smart enough to work the markets better.

Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6348618
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Got 4 black ones yesterday and 2 more today! That's more black ones than I have caught in the last three years combined. (Doing adc work)


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Re: Black beaver [Re: wissmiss] #6350561
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Originally Posted By: wissmiss
It isn't hard to find unique ways to sell fur other than the fur market. Lots and lots and lots of options.

Do some research on google and eBay and you will have lots of ideas to work with.

One problem is that it is a limited market. Sort of a niche market. And those that are well established in their niche market might be reluctant to provide information.


I used to have a real good market for beaver (fall beaver, not black). Sold 28 total with 12 bringing between $100 to $120. Word got out and never been the same. frown

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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6350570
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I use to have one of those niche markets. This lady made small baby sized beaver blankets for all her soon to be mothers with new borns. $40.00 a hide and It didn't make any difference how prime they were. Then she got old and all her friends got old and no more babies.LOL


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6350580
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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6350609
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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6350658
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I have to admit in that market it probably did help to buff and shine them. I have been complimented a time or two on my put ups. I might be a little more anal than I have to be, but I am not super anal.


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Very cool!

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Nice


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6387019
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I still haven't gotten a black one. I read something about person trapping a white 1. White must be REALLY rare.


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Re: Black beaver [Re: AJE] #6405718
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Caught 5 at a spot earlier, 1 was black as can be the rest were all Brown. I had no idea they were something special. My first beaver put up was the black one and it turned out bad, terrible job. Now the little one turned out much better and the other 3 will be doing this weekend.
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