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Old 11-09-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Any market for coon hides this winter?

Years ago as a high schooler in SE Missouri, I made pocket money running a trap line, caught lots of coons/possums/an occasional fox. At our lease in Haskell County, we are getting more and more pictures of fat healthy(from eating all our deer corn) coons on the gamecam...and I was wondering if later this winter when the fur gets full, if there is any market for coonskins? The latest batch of pics on the SD card my buddy brought back from the weekend has as many as 6 coons in some of the pics.

Either way, they are going to get thinned out, just wondering if it would be worth waiting for it to get cold and trapping/killing them cleanly/skinning them for the hides? Or, should I just go ahead and start the eradication?

Any fur traders around Haskell?

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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I think last year when the economy was good. An unskinned coon was selling for around 6 bucks. That was what a friend of mine told me. A guy in Jermyn, Tx. was buying them.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:28 AM   #3
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Back in the day dad would trap in the winter. Fur prices dropped and he has not trapped in years. Check with the local feed stores, that is where the buyer would come when dad trapped, don't know if they still do or not, they do not in my area
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:32 AM   #4
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that furs trapped in Texas didn't go for premium prices because the animals didn't grow the kind of coat that northern animals do. It just doesn't get cold enough over most of the state to grow really prime furs.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:49 AM   #5
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Better make sure you have a trapper's license before you go off trying to sell them suckers though.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:27 AM   #6
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The market really took a hit last year. Not sure if the country buyers will give you enough $$ to make it worth your time. If you "put up" your fur (flesh and dry on stretchers) then you'll get a higher price.

I'm personally not marketing any coon fur this year. Just not worth my time. I'll put up cats and grays, but that's it. Oh how I wish for the days back in the mid 80's when I could get $25-$30 for a medium Texas coon sold "green". (Just skinned off the carcass, no fleshing or drying). That was good money for a 13 year-old kid!!!

Let us know how it goes!

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Old 11-09-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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I made a killing back in the early 80's but now cats and fox are the only money worth messing with.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:49 AM   #8
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Fur prices around here are still pretty good. Last year a nice winter bobcat went for almost $80 and a good winter coyote still goes for around $40 - 60 depending on size and how big the hole is. That's green hides too. Coon skins around here go for about $25 - 30 if they're stretched.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:03 PM   #9
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Where and who will buy a few, I have several I would like to sale. Coyotes and fox as well.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:16 PM   #10
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During the 80's in N.C. Oklahoma. To the best of my memory.
opposum $2-$5
shunk $2-$5
Coons were $1.00 per inch skinned from nose to butt.
Badger, I only caught one and got $35 for him.
Most bobcats were $100.
Coyotes around $50.
Beaver around $30.
Mink, I only caught one and got $36 for him.
muskrat around $10.
Never caught a fox.

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Old 11-09-2009, 12:48 PM   #11
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Due to the poor economy, fur prices are horrible right now

Randy at R&P Outdoors in Mansfield, LA buys ALOT of fur

most all the fur is sent to China, Russia, and Europe

The Russian and Chinese economy is worse than ours right now as no one is buying fur items


here are R&P buying prices from 2008 (southern furs)


bobcat : $15 - green , $20 - stretched

coon : $3 - green , $5 - stretched

red fox : $10 - green , $15 - stretched

grey fox : $10 - green , $15 - stretched


northern furs are usually sent to NAFA in Canada for auction.

Some of the fur sent to Canada last year was sent back to their owners because the Russians are not showing up at the auction to buy
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:56 PM   #12
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:06 PM   #13
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Coons used to bring quite a bit, as mentioned $20 and over $30 for big ones. Some buyers were paying a minimum of $20 and coons were hard to find and trap. Now there isn't a market for furs, coons have a population explosion. They are probably hard on quail nest also.

I wish there was a market, that would keep them off everyone's feeders and maybe give the quail a chance.

I haven't heard of any buyers.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:29 PM   #14
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I think green coon hides are going for $4 - $5 right now. Not hardly worth it, but I'm doing it just to thin the little corn thieves out.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #15
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We shot a few after the season last year (2009-2010) and have shot 4 or 5 so far this year(2010-)

I shot one this past weekend, and a buddy shot another from a different blind. Going to the lease again in early Feb for a trapping/spotlighting trip to thin them out some more, still seeing several on cam at two feeders.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:27 PM   #16
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Don't know about now but when I trapped in the 80's, I believe we could only sell hides through the end of January. Correct me if I am wrong but I was thinking that trapping season ran from 1 Dec thru 31 Jan.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:43 PM   #17
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Back in the 80's I was getting 20-25 and sometimes 30 bucks for a coon hide. I quit trapping when a top coon hide was $7.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:44 PM   #18
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Don't know about now but when I trapped in the 80's, I believe we could only sell hides through the end of January. Correct me if I am wrong but I was thinking that trapping season ran from 1 Dec thru 31 Jan.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:50 PM   #19
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Yep. My dad made a killin in the late 70s/early 80s






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Old 01-03-2011, 01:51 PM   #20
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Dec 1- Mar 31
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #21
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How much for one with a 270 hole in it?
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:40 PM   #22
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We have a guy trapping on our place right now and caught 5 foxes in a week. He is about to start catching coons. He said that the prices are up right now compared to last year.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:02 PM   #23
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Where can you sell them in the hill country?
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:24 PM   #24
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I don't mess with the hides anymore. Big coon skinned brings $12. Lots of folks around here love to eat em. Real good market for squirrels, but I won't cause it unlawful
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #25
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$1.29 for 1 dozen eggs and 3 coons we have caught at $3 thats $7.71 in my pockets for what i would throw to the buzzards................ Im all in, any one know who buys skins around San Antonio/Seguin area?
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