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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Fur prices

Does anyone have insight on fur prices this year. Mostly wondering if coon are going to be worth tapping this fall
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 06:16 PM
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Your racoons will sell but not for the price your looking for! The demand for red fox is so low there not even selling! I just tan and play around making things with my reds anymore. Coyotes will get u a few bucks but nothing like there getting for western coyotes and cats! Trapping is becoming something you do for tradition, passion and love of the sport anymore!
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Wild mink and beaver are in the pooper too. Beavers are pretty much for felt in the hatter market. Rats will sell, but at low prices....my guess is about $3. ( do to low prices on ranch mink). I don’t think there’s any market for possum now.

There’s been a lot of turmoil at NAFA as of late....layoffs and bad checks. Not good.

Many deer processors are pitching their hides now, as they are a hard sell. I believe the market for beef hides has gone south also.

But other than that, things look good.😕
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I’d say if you averaged $5 for coon at a regional sale (put up, xl and larger, prime with decent color ), you did well. Our coon are ok, but near the quality of midwestern coon. Russia and China are the big consumers of coon hides, but with a high US dollar, lower oil prices, sagging economies and tariffs, that market has dried up.

The NAFA situation is dire now, got this email that they are without a bank and in the process of restructuring. Sounds like the biggest player in the fur market is sinking.

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hopefully things will turn around and the prices will get better for those of you that trap
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hopefully things will turn around and the prices will get better for those of you that trap
Wish that was case but unfortunately only going to get worse!!!
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 04:51 PM
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FUR FISH GAME is only projecting high prices on critters we don't have in Pa. or the size we don't produce here either.. The biggest of Pa. coon can't compare to Wisconsin, Minnesota, northern Iowa, etc. So thin them out so Mother Nature doesn't have to, but don't expect much money in return...

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Also just saw where NAFA financial backing fell thru... Bouncing checks... BE CAREFUL....

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 09:09 PM
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You would probably do better if ya targeted Fisher, Otter and Bob Cat if your looking for cash. You'd just have to get the right permits. You'll have to do a lot of work if it's cash ya want.

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When the coon market rebounds, most trappers will be the last in the loop to know. Trap what you can handle each year and have fun.

NAFA in my opinion cut itself's throat during the last high cycle. Holding fur that didn't sell at over market prices turned into Huge losses or total loses in many cases. When the goods don't get sold the entire market suffers. NAFA is commission driven and funded so naturally they want to sell at the highest price. IMO they wanted more than the market would bear. That's bad biz anyway it is cut.

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