Fur Market News per Groenewold

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Good information from our friends at Groenewold.

 

As the new trapping and hunting season is about to begin, we are working to discover the real market for wild fur. We have been marketing wild fur aggressively by establishing new means of making wild fur readily available to the end users .

What have we discovered about demand?  We have seen a moderate rise in the prices of muskrat and otter which could be a result of the recent rise in ranch mink prices with 100% clearance. We expect muskrats to maintain this trend and these levels as ranch mink coat sales are very good in Northern China.  We are hoping otter will also continue to move in a positive direction.

What about raccoon?  We have realized a price level on raccoon which is seemingly low to motivate trappers, however we are seeing our goods being used for both Chinese and Russian consumption. With raccoon in both markets we are hoping to see an uptick with this item.

The Russian market will be interesting to watch this year.  There is a new regulation in place to track skins which have been imported legally to make the black means of importing easier to detect.  This will have advantages and disadvantages to the producers in Russia, and the market fallout is yet to be determined. We are seeing much a colder winter develop in Russia this year.  A cold winter will result in raccoon consumption, however the net effect on the market will be known later as skin dealers are dumping cheap skins on the market to generate cash.

Fur Routes. We will be starting our routes later this year to encourage a catch of primer skins. We do not see the need to put inferior skins on the market when there are plenty of goods which were cleared at very low prices last year. Quality skins are desired first in this market.

Legal Stability in China.  We have discovered that Chinese are now importing goods and paying the legal taxes.  This is good for business because it creates a even playing field for all competitors.

Beaver:  We continue to market and process beaver.  We can always use beaver.

Coyote: Western heavy coyotes will have good value while other grades will be more selective in demand.  The damaged coyotes in the Midwest and Eastern States will have little value this year as their final commercial uses do not work economically.

Currencies: The Russian Ruble has steadied which gives investors confidence. The Chinese Yuan is losing value so this is becoming a concern as this causes our exports to look more expensive to them.

Big Lot: We are doing our Big Lot Marketing Program again. Please check our website for details.

New York: We will introduce a Western New York route this year.

Fur Dealers: If you have any questions about how we can cooperate together call us at 815 938 2381.

If anyone has any questions about the market, you may email me at groenewold.g@googlemail.com. I may try to answer them in our next blog or answer them personally.

Fur prices

Raccoon: Raccoon prices have found a bottom.
Muskrat: Prices have come off of spring lows and have moved to more respectable levels.
Beaver: Better beaver are difficult to sell.  
Wild Mink: Watch ranch mink prices…
Coyote: Western’s will be respectable, Eastern damages will be very cheap.
Grey Fox: Very slow.
Red Fox: Selling at better levels.
Skunk: Sold a few for fashion, mostly novelty usage.
Fisher: Sold out.
Otter: Otter have moved up a bit.
Bobcats: Better goods are sold out.  Commercials waiting for Russia…

In Defense of Trapping

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Below is a great article from the Sportmen’s Alliance. It discusses the need for trapping in animal population control and ramifications of trapping bans. As the anti trapping movement

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In Defense of Trapping

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coyotes vs. Wild Turkeys | Realtree

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This is a great read about how everything is intermingled in the world of predator control.

Source: Coyotes vs. Wild Turkeys | Realtree

According to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD), additional predator “control” strategies (such as a bounty system or management method other than hunting and trapping) wouldn’t benefit wild turkeys.

In their current Big Game Management Plan 2010-2020 draft, the VFWD suggests that: “Predator/prey relationships are extremely dynamic and complex. These relationships involve a variety of factors which defy a simple, quick fix. Wild turkeys are prey to a long list of predators including coyotes, bobcats, foxes, fisher, weasels, skunks, opossum, raccoons, snakes, hawks, owls, domestic dogs, and humans. In the case of implementing ‘coyote control,’ for example, assuming that this could be effective, removal of coyotes would only reduce competition among the remaining host of predators that would continue to prey on turkeys.”

In other words, coyotes help control the list of other turkey predators.

“Coyotes, in fact, prey upon weasels, opossums, raccoons, foxes and rarely skunks,” the VFWD suggests. “All of these species are effective predators of nests, chicks, and nesting turkey hens. For this reason, it is possible that removal of coyotes could allow the populations of these other predators to increase resulting in more, not less, turkey predation and an overall decrease in a turkey population. Complex species relationships are common in nature.”

Could the wild turkey and coyote have more in common than we think?

“Many of the qualities that hunters admire so much about these birds, such as their incredible eyesight,ability to detect movement and wariness, are products of the turkey’s long evolutionary history that they share with their predators,” the current VFWD management plan draft suggests. “As wild turkey populations increase, the potential role of this species as a significant source of prey for other Vermont animals may now be greater than ever before.”

Predator hunting is encouraged however. There’s no closed season on Vermont coyotes, and a fall trapping season as well.

E-Books | The Dog Proof Trapper

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Source: E-Books | The Dog Proof Trapper

Hey guys! Wanted to let you know that we have a new e-book on the site. It’s from Jeremiah Wood with Trapping Today. Great information. You also get $5 off if you order through The Dog Proof Trapper. Get yours today.

Today’s Catch

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Well guys, this is the first catch from my DP traps that I set out several nights ago. The first is a 20lb boar coon that was taken on dog food and fish oil. Possums, I have learned love dog food too and are just as capable of being caught in a DP as that masked bandit of the night. Since I run a short weekend line, I had set out six Duke DP’s plus a Duke #3 and a snare. See I told you I liked leg holds a little! This was late on a Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, I checked the line and found those two possums above. On Sunday morning, I found Mr. Coon. I am not one to throw anything away. I am currently fleshing all three, while looking for someone to take the meat. Incidentally, I found out that coon peckers (sorry ladies) may be worth more than the fur is right now. This guy was definitely packing…….

When I worked my line on Monday morning, I found my snare and leg hold stolen and sets destroyed. I am sure some anti-American found them and threw them in the nearby pond. Such is the life of  a trapper.

What did I learn? Set your traps away from the road. Even on private property. Expect some losses. Put up cameras. Don’t get down on yourself or society. Tomorrows a new trapping day. Peace.

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