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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126759
01/08/21 10:38 AM
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Not GFW but it probably depends on if they are buying or selling.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126817
01/08/21 11:22 AM
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Makes person wonder if that bale of yellow leather mrats were leftover ones that GFW bought from NAFA or somebody that had them stored in their home freezer for a couple if years. I don't think those skins were from the 2020 trapping season. The only time I've had skins turn yellow like that was years ago when I didn't sell for some reason and left dried mrat skins out in a warm storage areas for months on end. It truly would be interesting to know how old those skins are...?


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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126846
01/08/21 11:46 AM
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Well He called them GOOD rats In the flick. So It's probably not a big deal.


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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126919
01/08/21 12:44 PM
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Getting the message out fast is important in this business. Look at how many views these two clips have done in 24 hours.
Has there been any education on how to change old time trappers habits.


As for using wood to pin up some holes to hide it; great XXXX ZZZZ WHAXXXX we nEED for trappers reputation.

Remember its their money put out, so they have to get their product ASP to their clients, not like the auction where they can wait to get your money to them.
Stands to reason for their cost of shipping to send out bales of certain weights/ vs/ volume.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126938
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The other thing you have to consider when It comes to groney Is that he does most of the dressing on his dime. And then sells to the manufacture. And what that does Is groney has his prdouct In the hands of the manufacture before the auction house Is even open for business.


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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7126957
01/08/21 01:13 PM
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If I remember right in the NAFA grading manual you had to have so many holes in a muskrat just to grade slight damage. When making muskrat plates sewing holes is small part of the sewing project. Pinning them shut seems sensible to me. Sewing up a hole for a dollar or two possible gain seems a bit silly.


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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: Dirt] #7126974
01/08/21 01:29 PM
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$2 is the difference between a top lot rat and the burn pile rat today.
TIP-You can close a hole on a wire stretched rat using a straight quilting pin.

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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7127013
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Any competent grader will pick out that closed hole in a second, while it looks better it's still there.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: Northof50] #7127022
01/08/21 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Northof50

Stands to reason for their cost of shipping to send out bales of certain weights/ vs/ volume.


The rat's they use to make hat's need to be certain size and weight. I can't remember exactly what size, but they need to weigh 325lbs per thousand.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7127043
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I went back and watched the video, when Guy is opening the bale he says it came out a little lite for the grade. This is what I was referring to.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7127134
01/08/21 04:41 PM
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2/3x winter heavies. The rats that get sorted out for that premium?

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: nimzy] #7127217
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Originally Posted by nimzy
2/3x winter heavies. The rats that get sorted out for that premium?


I don't think they need to be Winter Rat's in my experience. It's more about where you catch them.

My best rat's come from the river and their diet mostly crayfish. Although they're scare they're fat Rat's.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7127711
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Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: nimzy] #7128480
01/09/21 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by nimzy
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Nice nimzy! I'm not sure mine have quite as much fat as they do.
A lot of 4 to 4 1/2 lb. Rats though, 17-18" rat's.

Do I remember you having the same fat Rat's last year?

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7128844
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Ya that’s an old picture but the rats now look the same. Everywhere I trap in January has those butterballs, unless they’re bit. I’ll be skinning Monday I can take a current pic.

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7132483
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Weekend rats

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: nimzy] #7132506
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Originally Posted by nimzy
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Weekend rats


Need a skinner?

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7132548
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No I got one for when things get out of control. Robin does a bunch of the fleshing. All I gotta do is catch them, put em up and take em off. Lol

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7132555
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Are they going on wood or wire?

Re: MUSKRAT WIRE STRETCHER VS. WOOD STRETCHER [Re: GFW - GROENEWOLD] #7132556
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Good looking rats nimzy! Man are they fat buggers!

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