I just can't skin, scrape and board coon for these prices.
I miss it though. I really enjoy putting up fur and the NAFA auction.
When the market tanked and I had a batch of coon on a fire sale, and someone stole a coyote from a cable that same winter, I stepped away.
I run a coon dog so the coon are worth more alive to us.
Now that I live in better trapping land, I aughta start gaining permission and planning a line for this winter. I miss it. Must have been 12-13 or 13-14 when I made some decent money... especially sending a few reds that year. I think I averaged $50 on reds. Averaged like 22-23 on coon and if I didn't hack up my first handful I scraped I'd probably averaged around $30. Went from hack jobs to top lot that first batch of coon I sent. I know that piece of paper isn't worth much...but meant the world to me knowing it meant I did a good job with my put up.