Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tis The Season


O Wise One and I spent the morning getting fur pelts ready to go to the fur buyer. Tis fur trapping season again.



Just one more small income for this farm. One that results in far fewer crop losses and chicken house raids.




Wonder what they use raccoon fur for. Seems that the "sealskin hat" worn by the "Royal Fusiliers of Great Britain"  is actually raccoon : )



Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter

13 comments:

  1. Go ahead and laugh until it hurts, but I seriously did not know folks still trapped for fur. I always learn something here. Wow!!!

    blessings, jill

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  2. My husband hunts coon. He and his brother simply skin them, roll the hides, and slip them into a bread sack into the freezer. I suspect this is not the method that brings the best price for one's pelts. Do you have any suggestions for learning more?

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    1. Actually your husband and brother in law are correct. We store ours in plastic bags in the freezer until time to sell. Then they are taken and thawed so that they can be unrolled for the buyer to look at them.

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  3. We thought about doing this. If you don't mind me asking, about how much do they pay per pelt? Would love to hear from someone with real knowledge.

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    1. Prices can differ daily but are averaging 12 to 20 dollars a pelt depending on size, color and quality

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  5. When I was a kid on the farm we had a raccoon pelt but we kept it cause he was a big bugger and it took forever to get him as he was raiding the coop ! I didn't know trapping and selling pelts from a farm were still going . I thought all was fake fur now because of protection of wild animals and such ! Nice pelts ! Have a good day !

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    1. There are seasons on fur bearing animals and you must have a license.

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  6. I wouldn't know where to sell pelts. If you were closer, you'd be welcome to come catch the ones on our farm!
    Congratulations on all the great looking pelts. ♥

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    1. Many of our neighbors welcome trapping on their farms as well. Raccoons have become a real problem in some areas. We sell our pelts to an amish buyer.

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  7. When I was in high school, my parents bought me a camel colored wool coat with a raccoon fur collar....oh man, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. You would have thought it was mink, the way I sashayed down the street in my coat with a real fur collar...lol.

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  8. Love this post.it was interesting to share with my sons.

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