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I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:25:10 pm »
   I made a quick trip to town with the wife today and spotted a dead mink on the road. Being the shameless person I am I turned around and checked and he looked to be in good shape so I picked him up and skinned him when I got home. I am sending a deer hide and coyote hide to my hide buyer in the next few days so figured I'd throw it in. We'll see if it was worth the time and effort. It is a real pretty skin with a deep chocolate color with a small white spot on his chest and chin. Sure would take a lot to make a coat as this was a young male and about the size of a gray squirrel.

   Did you know that a mink stinks? During the process I cut into the scent gland at the anus. I can see where trappers might collect it to put on their traps. Reminded me of the time many years ago when I skinned an otter I had killed in NW Fla. I gave the hide a jerk to pull it away from the anus and got sprayed by the gland contents. I spit and gagged and like to lost my cookies. Not only that, for weeks after that when I would go in the woods all kinds of animals would try to get real friendly with me.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 09:37:35 pm »
 Did you know that a mink stinks?

mink, otter, martin, ferret, are all in the SKUNK family. just some are more distant relatives.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2016, 09:41:03 pm »
Look up North America Fur auction.
I think you are too early for a good pelt, when I was trapping we were into dec till late feb.

Made back to ontario with my load, was a wonderfull drivenup through va then pa.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2016, 10:10:59 pm »
Did you know that a mink stinks?

mink, otter, martin, ferret, are all in the SKUNK family. just some are more distant relatives.

Yes. I knew that they were all related and some are worse than others as to odor.
Look up North America Fur auction.
I think you are too early for a good pelt, when I was trapping we were into dec till late feb.

Made back to ontario with my load, was a wonderfull drivenup through va then pa.

Glad you had a good trip. Still looking forward to meeting some time.

I realize the fur may not be as prime as others but I assure you this one's fur was as prime as it was going to get. Sort of like my ash trees - this was a salvage operation. I'd rather see him in some ladies coat than a greasy spot on the road.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2016, 10:15:11 pm »
$3-$5
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2016, 10:31:48 am »
   Thx trapper. I was hoping more. I would not trap them for that but if a hawk or eagle accidently drops one in my lap or the car ahead of me hits another one I'll go ahead and skin it. Not much different that skinning a squirrel except for the smell and I try to be a little more careful skinning them.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2016, 06:12:07 am »
they are saying muskrats are going to be high this year

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 10:02:20 am »
My buyer who has routes in several states is paying $3.50 tops for muskrat.  That is maybe 1 in 50.  average is $1-$2.  He didn't start buying until December.  He normally comes once a week.  This year once a month.  He pays $5 for a deer hide or trade for a nice pair of leather gloves.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 11:32:46 am »
Too many PETA idiots for the fur industry.

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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2016, 12:32:37 pm »
Speaking of skunks, is there an all black skunk? I saw the other day what looked like a skunk but it was all black.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2016, 08:32:36 pm »
Speaking of skunks, is there an all black skunk? I saw the other day what looked like a skunk but it was all black.

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   Sounds like a color phase. I have seen nearly all white skunks so stands to reason would be an occasional all black one. Did you get a good enough look at it to make sure it wasn't just a black fox squirrel? They are pretty common and in some areas they are nearly all black.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2016, 10:09:43 pm »
It was out at night. I saw it in the road as we were driving in to home. Def not a squirrel. Way to big for that. Looked just like a skunk but all black and maybe a little longer fur. Walked like a skunk too. There is an abundance of skunks in the area around where our new house is. Could be just a genetic fluke.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2016, 10:25:33 am »
I've seen an all black skunk once, too.  Just one of those things...
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2016, 11:40:32 am »
My buyer who has routes in several states is paying $3.50 tops for muskrat.  That is maybe 1 in 50.  average is $1-$2.  He didn't start buying until December.  He normally comes once a week.  This year once a month.  He pays $5 for a deer hide or trade for a nice pair of leather gloves.

  I got a bit more than that 50 years ago without even skinning them, just dropped them at a local buyer.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2016, 06:32:08 pm »
   Well, we will find out in the morning. My wife has a dental appointment over near where the hide buyer lives so she will drop them off to him on the way to her appointment and we will see if a deer, coyote and mink are worth skinning. Well, the deer hide had to come off extra so the only extra work was storing and transport.
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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2016, 06:49:11 pm »
A Trapper friend of mine was telling me today that fur prices pretty low this year. He was saying a coyote probably $15 on average. Guess we'll see what they go for over that way tomorrow  ::)

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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2016, 07:04:01 pm »
   Yeah, my buyer had said about $15 for a coyote hide and mine is a very small coyote (23 lbs) so I won't be surprised if even less.

   He told me not to even bother with coon hides as not worth the effort to skin one.
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2016, 07:23:18 am »
My Friend usually Traps coyote & beaver in the winter,but he's not sure if it'll be worth it this year. I told him it's better then watching Tv all winter. He works construction all summer & layed off in winters. Plus my youngest Son started trapping with him late last winter. So I'm hoping he does so,my Son can learn from him. I did a little beaver trapping many years ago,but Logging took over full time. I think my Friend has not Trapped since he started over probably 40 years ago. I think trapping with my Son will be good for both of them. My Son's in his later 20's & my friend is later 50's. So wisdom of the older with energy of the younger may work out good

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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2016, 09:51:31 am »
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   Your friend must be a lot better skinner than I am if he's trapping beaver. That is the hardest animal I ever skinned. I had to cut the hide away from the meat every step of the way. I don't know if you can use the compressed air trick to separate the hide and meat.

   My wife just called and said the guy paid $6 for the mink. He said because it was a male it was worth more. The coyote pup was $10 & the deer hide (175 lb buck) was only $4. He pays the same for all deer hides normally without even looking at them to see how carefully or carelessly they were skinned.

   Anyway I am glad it will be used rather than just totally wasted.
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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2016, 11:08:32 am »
Why is fur so cheap?  Is there any fur that pays well to make it worth a man's while?
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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2016, 03:06:59 pm »
when I trap if I can recover 1/2-3/4 of what I spent I feel I did good for me its not to much the money end its about being out trying to out smart the things your after and being out doing what I like  8) 8)

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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2016, 09:14:27 pm »
When I trapped with a different buddy back in the day,I believe we got around 50 beaver that winter & I did most of the skinning. My buddy did a few also though.It didn't seem to difficult back then to me,but I do believe my buddy put a few holes in a couple.But being raised on a farm I'd helped butcher animals since I could hold a knife. That was the second winter I trapped,the first winter Marty taught me about beaver trapping.

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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2016, 10:31:57 pm »
beavers are stupid if you get one in a 330 the others will climb/walk over the dead one the one year we was getting 95 a pelt for the rugs I don't think there that bad to skin its neat how they are a circle after there skinned

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« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2016, 07:30:24 am »
I believe around here in 1978 the average price for a beaver was $20. Also back then legal drinking age around here was 18. So if Me & my buddy only got one for the week we were set to go to The Pub that weekend. 3 beers each & play pool all night. We were living The High Life back then. We had a old horse we'd take every once in awhile to check traps,usually if it was a clear night. The colder the better we figured. Usually build a small Bon fire & bring a nipping jug. The horse always knew the way home,which was good sometimes.  8)

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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2016, 10:06:07 pm »
I can remember the 70's too, muskrat were $8.50 browns and $9.50 for blacks. Young and dumb but had plenty of fun.
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« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2017, 12:35:48 pm »
I can remember the 70's too, muskrat were $8.50 browns and $9.50 for blacks. Young and dumb but had plenty of fun.

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Re: I wonder what a mink hide is worth
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2017, 06:31:20 pm »
The only things I trap are the mice at my camp in the Adirondacks, but sometimes there are lots of them.
I dont know how long it will take to skin one but I think a pelt may be worth about .01 cent if it is prime.
How many to make a coat or even a stole.
Maybe a doily?
A mouse felt cap?
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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2017, 09:55:36 pm »
    I was going to get rich raising possums and selling the hides. They will eat anything so I could raise them on restaurant scraps and road kill. I had a buddy who was a bio-engineer and he was going to cross them with snakes so they would shed their own hides and no killing or skinning required then the fur market went south so I bought a sawmill instead.
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« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2017, 08:28:27 am »
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« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2017, 04:48:33 pm »
The first mink I caught in the early eighties was worth 35 bucks.
Muskrats brought me ten bucks and coons were about 18 bucks across the board.
Fox back then were 80 dollars if they were put up correctly.
Between trapping and digging ginseng all summer I had a nice little back account at the end of the year.
Prices are far from that now.