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Is anyone else here trapping this winter? We are just finishing up here, as the hides are past prime condition here now, except for bobcat.

This year I caught/shot 38 coyotes, 2 bobcats, and 11 coons. Since I live in a good fur area, im expecting to get a 2k frn fur check.

My state trapping assoc fur auction is in a few weeks, and im looking forward to voluteering there, and learning the basics of fur grading.

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You done swell on coyotes. They may be the only thing worth catching this year. I do a bunch of yotes every year and sold 2 for $30 that I didn't figure were worth skinning. I send mine to NAFA as I get better returns than the local fur buyer. I've got 26 at this sale and will probably end up with 20 at the next sale.
 

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How did your Alberta coyotes do pitw? I have a few more finishing drying, I have everything boraxed and ready to be blown out w the compressor tomorrow. The sale im going to is Saturday.

I dunno what happened, but I had ears slipping on 3 of the last ones I put up. I pulled all the lose hair and boraxed the bujezzus out of the ears. I could smell the funk when I went into the shed.

edit>>>>>just got a call from the grader for this sale. He said dont sweat the ears, I did the right thing and if their still funky come sale time well cut em off. he told me weve got 1200 yotes to grade for this sale, from 14 states. I am extremely excited to be volunteerng with this guy, hes promised to give me the low down as we go thru the dogs. its just the type education I need, as next year ill be buying yotes.

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19 sold for an average of $86 US each. Top was $126x3 which felt good. My fur buying buddy who does between 3-6,000 was crying the blues as the poorer coyotes bit him in the ass. The Marten trappers did OK too but everything else including Ranched furs got squished.
 

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I have returned from the Colorado Trappers Assoc fur sale. There were 1563 coyotes on offer, along with other fur. 2000 lots total. The sale took 2 days with tanned furs and antlers selling the first day and stretched hides selling today. The top coyote was a Colorado yote and brought $125. It was a high altitude yote grading heavy, clear, a color, taken off a dead pile in the Walden area. Here is the breakdown.

NV 8 8 $30.00 $60.00 $47.50
NM 28 28 $32.50 $87.50 $66.43
NE 117 117 $5.00 $85.00 $41.56
UT 10 10 $45.00 $55.00 $52.00
OK 18 18 $1.00 $27.50 $17.03
NY 18 18 $22.50 $45.00 $31.11
WY 33 33 $32.50 $100.00 $70.38
CO 1100 1100 $2.00 $125.00 $55.58
Ari 24 24 $17.50 $55.00 $22.71
ND 2 2 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00
MT 135 135 $65.00 $100.00 $92.11
KS 33 33 $40.00 $55.00 $48.56
ID 15 15 $45.00 $57.50 $47.67
State Offered Sold Low High Average
Coyotes By State

My yotes (40) avg 41.50 frn, with a high of 60 on a lot of 5 hides. Most of my sw kansas, se Colorado yotes graded heavy commercial. I did have several semi heavy clears I shot south of La Junta Co, that helped my avg.

My other specie offerings did poorly. I sold 2 bobcats, for $70 and 100. The top cat was a carcass cat, frozen in the round, from the basalt area, for $300 (this cat would have brought $1200 2 yrs ago). Most stretched cat offerings were tanners with very few exceptional offerings. Many cat trappers foresaw this downtrend and left their traps in the shed this year.

I took 9 coon pelts after giving 2 blue hides (early, no value) to a friend so he could try tanning. my coons with good fleshing and putup, all 3 xl and up, silver, prime, w no yellow, brought .25 each. Ranch fur and tanned fur did poorly, with many no sales. Private treaty sales were poor.

The fur market is absolutely in the toilet. The only decent demand in the market is for coyotes. The cat market is dead. I have friends sending to the fallon sale and after talking to many international buyers, im very happy with my $70 and $100 cats. I did purchase several tanned alaskan otters, in a speculative move. There is rumor that a french buyer has been putting out feelers for heavy prime northern otter, looking to use the fur to accent a new clothing line later this year.

Also if anyone has or can acquire MORE THAN 1000 colorado/nm/montana elk hides next winter pm me. I will buy them.

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I gots to ask, what the [L] do you do with a 1000 elk hides? I've got two tanned Alberta hides I ain't found a good use for yet.
Man are your cats down, always was kinda/sorta jealous of the price they brought a few years back. Right now I've got the biggest dang Weasel I've ever seen just on the North side of the yard eating at the bait pile. He has a head like a Fisher.
 

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Thanks for the fur report guys. Used to trap, old now, just dream about the old days.
 

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Used to trap, haven't done any in ages. Thanks for the great memories! I had a nice young raccoon that I had cased out, scared the bejeebers out of my wife (GF at the time) when she saw it for the first time with it's eyelashes and everything still intact, she didn't mind lounging on that nice Montana Coyote pelt though.
 

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Started trapping at 5 years old and at 6 would get off the bus a mile and a half from home to check my line.
This would be my chair at the kitchen table.

Two coons, grey fox, bobcat, 2 marten, lynx and possum. None of them caught by me but sent up tanned from a guy in Texas except for the Marten and lynx. Wife hated my chair at first but has growed used to it.LOL
 

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I just found out that there is a lady on island paying a $30 bounty on RABBITS mot keep out of her garden.

(Paul Allen'prolly)

Damm, we gots some high end targets out here.
 

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Hi there fellas, the elk hides are in demand for gloves, well take it where we can get it and deliver those hides on.

On a sidenote, id love to have a rabbit bounty here, easypeasy. They are thick here, we been eating em by the pile, with not much restraint, and they taste real good.

Thats a real slick fur setup on that chair, id sure take my dinner in it.

All you old farts, I think if you tried you could still trap. I bet youd put out 1/3 the steel I would and prolly catch the same fur. Ole wiley bastids and all, your selling yerselves short. Get yer droopy asses going and well see you at the Co state sale............;) bring your fur.

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We had bush bunny's here by the bushel when I was young[30+ years ago. They were the best eating and I ain't had one for 20+ years. Glad someone still knows how to enjoy em. That would be a pile of gloves.
 

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How the [L] did I do that?^^^
 

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Hi there fellas, the elk hides are in demand for gloves, well take it where we can get it and deliver those hides on.

On a sidenote, id love to have a rabbit bounty here, easypeasy. They are thick here, we been eating em by the pile, with not much restraint, and they taste real good.



Thats a real slick fur setup on that chair, id sure take my dinner in it.

All you old farts, I think if you tried you could still trap. I bet youd put out 1/3 the steel I would and prolly catch the same fur. Ole wiley bastids and all, your selling yerselves short. Get yer droopy asses going and well see you at the Co state sale............;) bring your fur.

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Dick..hahaha.....I have not a problem with eating the stringy meat, not at all. I just gave up the killing to enrich myself. Don't get me wrong though, I will kill a pest and not keep a thing.
 

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Hi there Mike, I dont understand the dick comment, but its a possibility im dense. We eat all we can, canids arent edible, we do eat rabbit, coon, bobcat and gifted lion meat. We do also like a good grain fed pig, not from the store.

If I was to buy elk hides from meat cutters here in Co for 7frn per, am I dick?

I guess I dont understand?! please expound. Im at a loss.

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Not a trapper myself but I thought some of you might enjoy this.

SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016 (part 1)
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Published on Mar 20, 2016
My buddy Jim and I got a chance to do some spring beaver trapping. We finally got our permits signed and did some quick scouting. The beaver have flooded 6 acres of land and the landowners want them out. The dam is NOT on our permitted area so we can't trap near there unfortunately, maybe by next year that will change. We have been having a blast!!
 

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SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, POLE/PLATFORM DROWNER RIG CATCH !!
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Published on Mar 21, 2016
We caught a beaver on our pole/platform drowner rigs today. This is kind of an unconventional make-shift set that works well. We set up a clothesline slider lock (and swivel) with a weight because of so much entanglement under water, a beaver would get caught down there and you would lose it.
 

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BEAVER TRAPPING, BUILDING A SLIDE LOCK FROM A HARDWARE WASHER
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Published on Mar 22, 2016
This is a simple way of making an inexpensive slide lock for a drowning rig. All you need is a hardware washer, a drill and of course some wire.
 

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Trapping is something you share with your kids.


That was the first flying squirrel I'd ever saw in a trap.




Kid learned how to have fun while getting the job done.


You learn to put a set in where the prey will go.




You can run into stinky situations.


You get to collect cool old books.


One can even go to tannery's and see the neatest stuff.









You can bring home some work.

 

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Pitw...................................:beer:
 

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Could you imagine someone lifting that much today? The old truck is much like the one I learned to drive in when I was 3.
 

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Glad to see some beaver vids, will be trying to run some conis up on the arkkansas river n of me this fall. Im pure drylander, ought to be a hoot, flood control you know, working my way into an ADC career, the wife is sceptical to say the least............:stfu: she tells me, thats stupid.

Love them old pics pit, those tumblers and boys you got on deck are quite a site, we have a couple of younguns here as well, they are real good hands.

I just got a new yote wagon yesterday, 90 suburban 4x4, 350 with a 3 speed tranny, we are getting ready to lay some steel when the time comes.



Youngest boy wants to get customized plates on the new rig, 'yoteguts' he says. I like it, as im sure bro Mike does. Fuck that guy.

:truck2:

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SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, ANOTHER CATCH ON THE POLE/PLATFORM SET
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Published on Mar 24, 2016
Jim had to run the line by himself today because I was tied up with work and other projects. On this set we used one of our home made slide locks from a washer and a canoe anchor out deep. Thank you Jim for doing all the work. A skinning video is coming up soon!!
 

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ROASTED BEAVER !!!!
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Here is a quick and easy way to roast a beaver. All you need is a beaver, roasting pan, root vegetables and spices. one of my subs Steve Traut made me think of it yesterday. I have more recipes as well as skinning and meat processing videos coming.
 

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SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, CROSS-OVER SET WITH NH TRAPPER
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Published on Mar 25, 2016
Here is an example of a cross-over set on a beaver dam that works very well. I spent the day with NH Trapper and had a great time. He has had good luck with this set.
 

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SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, CASTOR MOUND SET WITH NH TRAPPER
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Published on Mar 25, 2016
I was with NH Trapper today and had a great time. He has had great success with his castor mound sets and cross-overs this year. This is a typical castor mound set. He is using a 330 conibear. You can check out his channel here.https://www.youtube.com/user/brianmor...
 

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PROCESSING A BEAVER FOR MEAT AND THE TABLE
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Published on Mar 27, 2016
People have been asking a-lot how to prepare a beaver for the table. This is one way to cut it up and make a roast and some back-straps for the grill or pan-frying. I am going to do a video on cooking the tail also. There is a link to the roasted beaver video if you haven't seen it.
 

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BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, SKINNING A BEAVER, WARNING !! GRAPHIC !!
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Folks have been asking me to do a video on skinning a beaver. I always try to accommodate subscribers so I did one. This is not a speed skinning video, there are plenty of those out there. Just trying to demonstrate how to do it. I will do a fleshing and boarding video if people want to see that also.
 

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SPRING BEAVER TRAPPING 2016, ANOTHER SPRING BEAVER
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Published on Mar 29, 2016
Just a typical day on the line and more meat for the freezer...
 

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SPRING BEAVER SEASON 2016, LAST DAY ON THE LINE
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It has been a good year for sure, but with the extreme weather change in the last few days things are froze solid and the season is over in 5 days anyway. It looks like the end for this year.
 

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THE BEAVER COOK-OFF 2016, FOUR GREAT ENTREES !!
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My friends and I get together every so often and do a wild game cooking night. Tonight our feature creature is Beaver. On the menu is Jim's "Bone-In Beaver Thighs" My Wife's "Beaver Vindaloo" Jim's "Beaver Stew" and My "16 Bean beaver soup", AKA, "Flat-Tail Soup". We had a great night..
 

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Wife came home from working horses at the neighbors night before last and said Ed figured he has a racoon getting into the dog food. I asked her what she thought and she figured skunk so I sent her back with the live trap cause of the cats around. Ed called me yesterday cussing something fierce, seems the wife was right and the dumb SOB just walked up and picked the trap up and of course got smelling pretty good for his troubles.LOL
 

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Wife came home from working horses at the neighbors night before last and said Ed figured he has a racoon getting into the dog food. I asked her what she thought and she figured skunk so I sent her back with the live trap cause of the cats around. Ed called me yesterday cussing something fierce, seems the wife was right and the dumb SOB just walked up and picked the trap up and of course got smelling pretty good for his troubles.LOL
Between my son and I, we do a lot of live trapping, mostly in the summer months. Most of this is for raccoons that get in the gardens. We bait with marshmallows to keep down on the cat catches, but occasionally we'll catch a skunk. Depending on where we catch them, we sometimes have to move the trap. We take an old sheet and slooooowly walk up to the trap and place that over the trap, then carry it all away, again sloooowly. Never gotten sprayed that way.