Wondering how many keep them and how many let them go? I see alot of trappers on YouTube letting them go and then talk about how they are managing the species they keep. Seems like a mixed message as if possums don't need managed. Just put up my 3rd one of the season. I feel I'm doing my part in helping the ground nesting birds. And besides IMO possum fur is beautiful.
A healthy possum only has a 2 year life span. Something needs to clean up dead stuff in the winter when the turkey buzzards leave. I kill any that are injured or in or near a horse pasture or within a mile of a chicken coop.. Other wise I release them. They dont seem to get over populated here. I am far enough north I think winter kills a lot of them.
Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
I let em go. They aren't worth my effort to bring them home. I try to not kill anything that ain't worth anything to me. I'm fine with whatever anyone else chooses to do with them though. I'm not telling anyone they are wrong for doing whatever they think is the right thing.
I'm very green, but I home tanned a possum last season, and I swear it is the softest, most comforting fur that I've dealt with! I'm sad that they have such a bad rap, cause if it were up to me...I'd have a blanket made out of this stuff! Wifey is clear with a big NO though! Lol
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I whack every single grinner I can. Although one year a few years back while coon trapping (just before the last tumble in coon prices.....so '07 or '08?) I caught so many of the dang things that I got sick of killing them. I would just Savell them (slap-tame) until they did their play dead thing, then take the trap off their foot and toss them aside. I got over 50 in just a short time. I loath 'possums. I don't believe I ever got more than a buck for a pelt, but I can't remember. Like Thumbian said, if we got $10 per 'possum it really would be like hitting the lotto.
That whole B.S. story about 5000 ticks a day make me wanna scream.
every one is going to trap to save game birds how about the owls and hawks theres several different kinds of both and flying above has a lot better sight on things most people have no idea how many there are especially the owls that work at night put a trap out to protect your chickens and other birds you will be surprised how many there is especially if you live next to a wooded area
When I was still trapping, We had a private buyer that would give us $3-5/ea for possums. He would tan them, and sell at a Rendezvous. We worked out a deal to sell the possums cheap, but he would pay a higher price for other fur. He would place orders before season for x-amount of possums, coons, beaver, yotes, fox, skunks (nice white stripes), etc. and would usually pay 10-15% above going market. We had this arrangement for over a decade. Sadly, cancer got the better of him.
No possum should ever get a pass. They are continually expanding their range and are holy heck on ground nesting birds of all sorts. Vermin, pure and simple. No need to worry for them, like cockroaches, will be on earth long after we have had our run.