Re: fur buyers
I've sold to Dave the last three years or so. Just called him on Saturday. I've been very satisfied with the prices I've received from him. I always use the District 11 sale as my yardstick. If my fur buyer can give me an average that is in the ballpark of the PTA sale...I'm okay with it.
I used to sell to John Epler, still buy supplies from him. Both men are good stand up guys and always treated me very fairly but I felt I did a little better with my foxes at Dave's. Now the coons...John always went nuts for our coon, paid better than the District 11 average. I just don't catch enough to justify a separate trip up there, so Dave gets them too.
I was going to sell to Dave again this year, that's why I called him Saturday, to set up an appointment. He was up in the mountains beaver trapping and by the time he got back to me on Sunday afternoon, somebody had talked me into selling to NAFA for the first time.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dave as a fur buyer to anyone. He will treat you fairly and will go out of his way to answer any questions you might have about his grading methods. If he's not too busy, ask him to show you his cow hide operation...interesting stuff.