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wytex 12-14-2020 06:07 PM

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2 more coyotes boarded to dry and another going on tonight. Badger will get fleshed and stretched later in the week.
Bobcat stretched to just over 36" dried. Coyote turned out pretty nice too. If the price isn't right on the bobcat we'll keep it and tan it. Coyotes should bring a decent payday but we'll see with the auction issues going on.
Nevada style put up really makes the bobcats look nice.

Hoping to reset this weekend for a few days before we head down to Texas to visit family. After Christmas we'll set again if snow allows it, otherwise we'll be calling coyotes.

Brute Killer 12-16-2020 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Brute Killer (Post 15268880)
I'm ready to get started.

Apparently not. I've done jack squat. ;)

oneeye 12-18-2020 08:11 AM

Badgers are the coolest! Those claws are so impressive.

McClain 12-18-2020 07:00 PM

Wytex, I’m not familiar with the term Nevada style. I see you don’t leave as much leg as used to be the norm, does that have to do with the term?

Very nice pelts by the way!

wytex 12-19-2020 09:54 AM

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Nevada style is simply folding the legs up to show the spots on the inside of them. We cut the bobcat legs low above the foot to have more legs to fold up and show off. Coyotes get cut off short and folded in for drying, buyers don't care about coyote legs or belly fur.
Spouse left the front claws on the badger, we're getting him tanned for ourselves, his under fur is not white enough to bring a good price but it is very thick.

The area between the orange lines are the front legs. The back legs are stretched together to show more spots as well. Probably 5 inches of back legs or so stretched down to look like belly fur.

McClain 12-19-2020 01:16 PM

I see now. That makes sense. Very nice, thanks!

wytex 12-19-2020 01:32 PM

Got 4 coyotes and the bobcat ready for sale to the buyer and realized we left one song dog hanging at the ranch to dry.
I'll post up a pic of all when we get it home tomorrow.

Coyotes are bringing $75 for nice prime with guard hairs, bobcats are down - about $400 is top dollar this year. We'll be happy with middle of the road prices.

BTLowry 12-19-2020 08:38 PM

I would take $50 for one of these Texas coyotes and be happy as a pig in mud :D
I doubt they would bring $20

Rain stopped early enough that I was able to deploy some traps. 2 DPs by the deer feeder and 4 coyote sets (3 flat sets and one dirt hole). Really hoping I get a double right behind the house where dirt hole and flat set are about 20' apart. Have a pair coming through randomly and not too happy they are within 100yds of back porch and even closer to chicken pen

Might set 2 more coyote traps tomorrow afternoon.

Short work week so I am going to leave traps out and run them in the evenings after I get home or until they get rained out I guess

Goal is 5 coyotes, didn't want to set the bar too high since I am still learning as I go.

I have a game cam pic with 4 coyotes in it so I figure there are at least 4 here :D

wytex 12-19-2020 09:09 PM

Good luck, hope you catch all 4, or your goal !
We'll reset after Christmas but concentrate on bobcats probably, coyotes will be pretty rubbed by then I think with the snow we've had lately. We'll still try to take some but fur isn't worth near as much into Jan. for coyotes.

Our bobcat trapping has been dismal this year but their price is way down too.

BTLowry 12-19-2020 09:59 PM

I will show my ignorance, I thought they "rubbed" when it started warming up

I already caught 2 so I am halfway to my goal, everything above 5 will be a treat

dimeboxbill 12-19-2020 10:09 PM

Who or where do you sell furs and do you need a special permit? Never got into it but have shoot coyotes and bobcats never thought about selling the furs, have had a couple mounted, nice bobcat rug

wytex 12-20-2020 08:51 AM

Up this way, north, they rub off the flank guard hairs and fur on rocks and snow, Not necessarily rubbing to get rid of the extra hair just happens as they go around in snow and rocks.
Bobcats have to have a CITES tag, free, to sell. You get one at G&F office.

We have several fur buyers that have routes, they go all over the upper midwest and Rocky Mountains. Look up Colt Furs, Petska Fur, Snowy Range Fur Company, Wyoming Fur Trader and Hester Wild fur.
Most will come through our town and pay good money for quality fur, stretched and dried. Some buy on the carcass too.
Our coyotes bring good money and bobcats usually do too.
Petska has routes in Texas to buy.

McClain 12-20-2020 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by dimeboxbill (Post 15340776)
Who or where do you sell furs and do you need a special permit? Never got into it but have shoot coyotes and bobcats never thought about selling the furs, have had a couple mounted, nice bobcat rug

Southern pelts are not in high demand and don't bring much money these days with few exceptions. Thirty or forty years ago there were big buying and processing facilities all over Texas and many fur buying routes. Most of that has disappeared, but I think R-P Outdoors in Mansfield La, may still buy some fur and used to have a route through parts of Texas.

BTLowry 12-20-2020 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by McClain (Post 15341253)
Southern pelts are not in high demand and don't bring much money these days with few exceptions. Thirty or forty years ago there were big buying and processing facilities all over Texas and many fur buying routes. Most of that has disappeared, but I think R-P Outdoors in Mansfield La, may still buy some fur and used to have a route through parts of Texas.

This is also what I would have posted

You need a TRAPPING license if you are going to sell the fur, otherwise if you are shooting to mount one or just trapping to reduce the predator population you don't have to buy a trapping license, hunting license will cover it. At least that is my interpretation
Does not hurt to buy a trapping license, they are $19

https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/o...e-requirements

wytex 12-21-2020 08:40 AM

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Sorry BT I should have added the trapping license requirement to my post.
In Wyoming bobcats are considered fur bearers and you have to have a trapping license to take them, coyotes are predators, like Texas and no license is needed for take.

Furs are ready for the buyer.

BTLowry 12-21-2020 09:29 PM

Ran my little short line here at the house after I got home. 2 DPs and 4 #3 coil springs for coyotes

Struck out so they are still out waiting for something to get in them :D

BTLowry 12-25-2020 07:03 PM

Couple of coyote tracks on top of trap but just not quite over pan

BTLowry 12-26-2020 06:17 PM

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Thinking coyote dug trap out and took pan cover

McClain 12-26-2020 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by wytex (Post 15343316)
Sorry BT I should have added the trapping license requirement to my post.
In Wyoming bobcats are considered fur bearers and you have to have a trapping license to take them, coyotes are predators, like Texas and no license is needed for take.

Furs are ready for the buyer.

Very nice!!!

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Thinking coyote dug trap out and took pan cover

They are not called wily for nothing!

HomeSick 12-27-2020 04:06 PM

A little info from the pro's please
 
I don't mean to get the thread off of the subject of trapping. It is something that I would love to get into some time. Right now I am calling and shooting the critters around here. They are cased skinned and in the freezer. I'm using a .22 mag so not much damage.
My question is, what size and brand of stretchers should I get to put our west Texas coyotes, bobcats and grey fox on? I don't plan on selling them but would like to stretch and dry them in order to later get them tanned and to practice in case I ever do get to the point of selling a few.

In order to not get the thread off subject, feel free to PM me if you would like. Thank you to anyone who can help.

devingreer 12-27-2020 05:01 PM

Need to do this!

oneeye 12-27-2020 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by HomeSick (Post 15356843)
I don't mean to get the thread off of the subject of trapping. It is something that I would love to get into some time. Right now I am calling and shooting the critters around here. They are cased skinned and in the freezer. I'm using a .22 mag so not much damage.
My question is, what size and brand of stretchers should I get to put our west Texas coyotes, bobcats and grey fox on? I don't plan on selling them but would like to stretch and dry them in order to later get them tanned and to practice in case I ever do get to the point of selling a few.

In order to not get the thread off subject, feel free to PM me if you would like. Thank you to anyone who can help.

Try "Top Lot Stretchers" in MN. Great product made by great people!

wytex 12-27-2020 06:45 PM

Yep, we use Top Lot stretchers too. Coyotes and bobcats will fit the same stretcher. Get the adjustable ones. The seconds are not bad either.
Moyle Mink in Idaho does a great job tanning furs that are stretched and dried also, good price.

HomeSick 12-27-2020 08:20 PM

Thank you oneeye and wytx. I will look into them. Moyle is the tannery that I was thinking about using as well. Do yall think that the stretchers will be close enough to the same size for our fur bearers down here as they are for up there? I was under the impression that the fur bearers up north were bigger than here. Thanks again!

wytex 12-28-2020 09:37 AM

They should work fine. The adjustable ones have a width adjustment and the length will not matter.
Moyle is all we use for tanning, they do great work but it will need to air out, tanning smell but it dissipates. Nice soft tan that looks and feels great.
You can always email Top Lot and ask, great folks as mentioned.

oneeye 12-28-2020 06:27 PM

They will work for you.

I am a lumber supplier to Top Lot. Both basswood for stretchers and oak for fleshing beams. Can't say enough good about them!

HomeSick 12-28-2020 07:02 PM

Thanks for the information guys. I will be putting in an order after the first of the year. I really have to get into the trapping side of this. It looks and sounds like a blast. And it helps protect my deer and turkey too. ;)b

Deafishunter 12-28-2020 07:04 PM

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Got this big male yesterday 32 lbs.
and yes, there’s another trap in his other paw. Apparently he got into one of my other others and broke the heavy cable wire, and got caught in another one. I got really lucky.
My second one.

BTLowry 12-28-2020 07:47 PM

Pretty lucky for you to catch that sucker twice

Quiet unlucky for him :D

Btoutdoors 12-28-2020 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by HomeSick (Post 15356843)
I don't mean to get the thread off of the subject of trapping. It is something that I would love to get into some time. Right now I am calling and shooting the critters around here. They are cased skinned and in the freezer. I'm using a .22 mag so not much damage.
My question is, what size and brand of stretchers should I get to put our west Texas coyotes, bobcats and grey fox on? I don't plan on selling them but would like to stretch and dry them in order to later get them tanned and to practice in case I ever do get to the point of selling a few.

In order to not get the thread off subject, feel free to PM me if you would like. Thank you to anyone who can help.

Top Lot makes an excellent stretcher!

Deafishunter 12-28-2020 08:25 PM

Quick question, with this big cold front and rain coming in for 2 days. Do y’all pull your traps before a big storm, or do y’all leave them?

oneeye 12-28-2020 08:27 PM

Deafishunter, I'm guessing he chewed thru that cable. I can't believe you caught him a second time! Slow learner I guess! Good job.

Deafishunter 12-28-2020 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by oneeye (Post 15359619)
Deafishunter, I'm guessing he chewed thru that cable. I can't believe you caught him a second time! Slow learner I guess! Good job.

Yes I was very surprised too. Never thought a coyote would be able to chew cable wire that thick.
But overall I was happy to catch him again and not have a dog running around with a trap in its foot.

BTLowry 12-29-2020 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Deafishunter (Post 15359616)
Quick question, with this big cold front and rain coming in for 2 days. Do y’all pull your traps before a big storm, or do y’all leave them?

I bedded mine in peat moss and dusted them with dirt.

Leaving them out until they catch or get washed out :D

Trapper76 12-29-2020 08:57 PM

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I’ve been killing a bunch of coyotes with m44s but they aren’t much to look at by the time I find em. I don’t snare much on the predator control jobs but this creek crossing was perfect, so I had to do it. This Ol coyote was caught just n/w of Huntsville, they sure have some good color in that area.

Trapper76 12-29-2020 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Deafishunter (Post 15359616)
Quick question, with this big cold front and rain coming in for 2 days. Do y’all pull your traps before a big storm, or do y’all leave them?

I’ve had my best luck trapping before/during these fronts. It’s like the coyotes survival instinct kicks in, and makes some of them do things they normally wouldn’t do for food. I always saturate a area with traps, that way if some get washed out I still have more gear working. The way I see it, you won’t catch em with your traps in the truck.

BTLowry 12-30-2020 06:54 AM

Had something either step in trap and pull out (deer?) or something dug it out and tripped it :(

After this rain moves through I am going to reset some and make a few new sets

wytex 12-30-2020 03:49 PM

Going to put out a few sets tomorrow and Friday morning.
Not sure how much snow we'll have to deal with but hoping not much more than a dusting.
Going to be cold at night so wax dirt is what we use just in case of some day time melting and freezing over night. Snow is a pain for us but does give us a map of sorts with tracks easy to find.
We'll be concentrating on bobcats now, coyotes are really pretty but not worth much this late due to rubbed off guard hairs. If we catch a really furred up one we'll get it tanned to sell.

HomeSick 12-30-2020 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Btoutdoors (Post 15359600)
Top Lot makes an excellent stretcher!

Thank you sir! That seems to be the consensus here, so I will be contacting them soon.

BTLowry 12-30-2020 08:00 PM

Checked traps on 4 wheeler, in the rain, and dark and cold

NADA

But I feel obligated to check traps daily if I have them out

Looks like an all day work day tomorrow so will be Friday before I can get a few more back in the ground


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