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I just received my latest issue of Fur-Fish-Game. This is the 90th anniversary issue and it's sure an interesting read. They have an article on page 9 called, When all the fur went BOOM! It focuses on the fur boom between 1977 and 1986.

They said if you adjusted for inflation if that kind of market existed today, this is what it would look like.

Fur price in 1977. Price would be in 2015.
Possum: $10.00. $40.00
Raccoon: $40.00. $160.00
Red Fox: $125.00. $500.00.

Now, this was reported by Gary Schroeder, the fur market report guy. Now, I basically started in 1979 and the only fur I caught that season was a possum which the local fur buyer only gave me $1.00 for that. But, I do remember getting $20.00 for raccoon in the round and my first red fox in 1983 which was fleshed and dried went for $55.00. So his prices may be a bit inflated compared what the "average trapper" received but that is still amazing what fur was going for back then.
 

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t-rick, I read that article and realized I was getting ole.
Back in those days, I bought a new Ford pickup with cash, from selling just my Raccoon.
 

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I think I will buy a new pickup with the money I get for my coons this year.
 

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I never got $125.00 for a red fox, I did get $75.00, if I remember correctly I got $6.00 for my possums. I did beat his raccoon quote, I got $55.00 for my best coon.
 

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I remember in the fall of 1980, my neighbor and trapping partner figured if we caught 14 to 18 red fox that season we could afford to by one of those new Honda ATC 3 wheelers that were the rage at the time. At that time, a new 185 cc ran about $1,300.00. Needless to say we never caught a fox that season but the coon catch bought me a couple of dozen Northwoods #1.5 coilsprings and a new flyrod.
 
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