Merry christmas everybody. As soon as this mornings festivities are over its out to the shed, 5 yotes and 6 coon to skin. What a way to spent the holiday. Joints rolled and beer on ice, for refreshment.
Merry Christmas to you as well sir.
That coyote had the misfortune of winning me $250 on a bet. I was at a gathering and a young upstart trapper said he could catch more coyotes than me, so I made a bet he couldn't with the rules being we couldn't set our one snare within 3 miles of a bait site. Another fellow there said he had just the spot for us to try and I wandered through the bush to find this trail that caught the coyote within 24 hours. The F'n magpies had found him early that morning and chewed a hole over the shoulders. Give the kid credit as he paid his wager but still thinks he's the best since the big bang. Coyotes at bait sites are easy but figuring where they may go in the bush is a little more fun.
Sure don't envy you skinning on Christmas day but I've done it.
It amazes me how fast magpies and crows find carion, I shot my deer, field dressed and went back to my stand 150yds away, no sooner than sat down and a magpie is already on the carcass. Thought I was going to have to puff him with my 7mm Mauser to protect my venison.
When I take my fish guts down to the shoreline to dump, there is not a bird to be seen anywhere and I get back up to the house 80 yards away and the crows will be on the pile. But, the Osprey usually shows up shortly after and wups a little crow ass! Fun to watch.
How goes it? Im heavy on the dry skinned fleshed stretched hides, and could use some gas $$$. cat line is out, just today, lots of sign, its just a matter of time.
It seems the prime yotes are gonna be worth a bit more this yr. Im glad ive collected a pile. We'll call em Trump yotes, and get a bigger check than last yr. I hear the russian market is waking up, and showing some interest, giving canada goose a run for their $$, ski jacket collars be damned. Was told id get $20 usd more this year apiece for my well handled hides. I recon ill avg 90 and pits heavy pales will do 150 usd.
I will be up to the Colorado sale at Hugo, Colorado next month, its the biggest yote sale in the US, it ought to set the trend here s of the border. If the markets hold I can see doing 3-500 yotes next year, skint and finished. Meant to be 2k hides from 14 states and Canada, and lots of buyers w contracts for heavy coyotes.
It would be interesting to see their prices compared to NAFA's.
Have done near 300 in the past but ain't up to it anymore, good luck.
Our local fur buyer took such a bath last year he is gonna do way less this year, I only used him to get rid of stuff I didn't want in the NAFA auction under my name.
I hear you pit, 300 is a tall order, might as well do em before I cant. I have to get both shoulders redone after the season, looks like a skinning machine might do the trick, we are pulling em by hand now.
I will post up sale results as we get them, on feb 9.
I got a country buyer to dump my junk on too www.petskafur.net , Ord Nebraska. My shit yotes will sell right beside my good ones, w/o my name on em, in someone elses lot.
Last yote skinned before dinner. I got all the hides out of the freezer. Its wash, scrape and stretch time. I dont have to smell another coyote for almost a year, and im good with that. Phase 2, gotta sell the damn things. The market is looking better than last yr, thank goodness.
Ive heard about doing it that way, but everyone ive asked said it wont work. I also asked about fleshing w a power washer, everyone said it wont work, and then I found out petska fur fleshes w a power washer.......hehehe
Published on Mar 30, 2017
One of the best times to be in the woods is spring. Spring beaver trapping is a good excuse to get out there. We love eating them and have a-lot of recipes. I prefer to use 330 conibear body grippers under water for a quick and clean kill. The Beavers have moved into another area and are threatening to flood a road.