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Pitw,
Looks like that last critter had a little accident. Was it outside in lead or copper poisoning?
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
 

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Pitw,
Looks like that last critter had a little accident. Was it outside in lead or copper poisoning?
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

This is an exciting time of year.
 

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Thats about the last 30 or so weve handled, they are about to lose their prime. Ive got a few rubs in the freezer, I think were done 1/20 or so.
 
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Well if you did the 300 and they were all top lot, then you made about $1.13 an hour.

That is a nice price for a coyote.
 

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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.
 

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They are on the stretchers boys! All thats left is to brush em out and fluff em with the compressor the day before the sale.

BOO-YA!

Another season in the books.
 

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You ever use your compressor to help skin? I've tried it and on fresh ones it really does blow em up like balloons.
 

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You ever use your compressor to help skin? I've tried it and on fresh ones it really does blow em up like balloons.
 

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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
 

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SCOUTING FOR SPRING BEAVER AND SETTING TRAPS...
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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.
 

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I thuoght id post up the sale summary from the 2018 Colorado trappers sale, for those of you that are interested. We did very well..........

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Maine Bear Trapping CONTROVERSY (Woodsman's Podcast Clip)
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Published on Jul 28, 2018
In this clip from The Woodsman's Podcast (please subscribe below) Ed and Max talk about the controversial topic of bear trapping in Maine.

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Maine Bear Trapping CONTROVERSY (Woodsman's Podcast Clip)
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Published on Jul 28, 2018
In this clip from The Woodsman's Podcast (please subscribe below) Ed and Max talk about the controversial topic of bear trapping in Maine.

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Hey Searcher: Better warn Scorp when he's on the prowl in Maine to be careful where he puts his paw down!
 

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I wish we had bears here. Id run em down and shoot em with my 45/70.

Fuck yea!
We were recently on a cruise tour in Alaska. At Icy Strait we went on a brown bear watch excursion. Two locals protected our small group with 45/70's loaded with 405 grain slugs.
 

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We were recently on a cruise tour in Alaska.
Two of my friends just did the same thing. Drove from Philly to Seattle and caught the boat there. Sent out a lot of neat pics. Really enjoyed their vaca,
 

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Two of my friends just did the same thing. Drove from Philly to Seattle and caught the boat there. Sent out a lot of neat pics. Really enjoyed their vaca,
We flew from PHL thru Chicago to Vancover where we boarded the ship. Alaska is so awesome! Have so many pics.
It was the best two week vacation we ever had!
 

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Just skinned a badger, goddamn they stink...........smells like rotten axle grease, not that grease can rot.

yes its that time again!

I hope I dont get badger farts.
as long as you don't eat him, but then if you had too that would mean there was no one around anyway so you should toot out by the time you make it back in from your trap lines.

never skinned one out myself but I have chased them and them there teeth and attitude are something to stay away from. So how was the pelt and are you considering lining some cold weather gloves with it?
 

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Ain't skun one of them forever. Let us know what kind of dollar value you receive if your sending it to auction. They is mostly holed up here now but the odd one digs out for a day and can be got.
 

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The badger pelt is nice, the guard hairs are pretty long. badgers prime up latest of any furbearer, like end of January. I have not caught one in a long tiem, this one will get tanned and go in my library/sitting room on the wall. PIT, badgers last year brought 15-25 usd, with the occasional 35 dollar hide in the mix. No markets for smalls or damaged, claws left on preferred (novelty market).

We do not have fancy fur here in SE Colorado, although sometimes you get lucky when you go thru alot of critters. So we go thru lots of critters and avg out.
 

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We are standing in the fur trough with both feet fellers. Skinning, skinning, and more skinning. It stinks in the house of pain. This unseasonable warm weather we have been having is a boon. Tonite I have to clean out the freezer and hang fur for fleshing and boarding tomorrow. If anyone wants to flesh 17 yotes let me know.

Yes I am crying, im bitching like a girl. Ive said for years im getting too old for this shit. But, I woyldnt have it any other way.........

My hands sure hurt, and my farts smell like a yote.

The fur looks good boys.

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I want a coat out of badger fur. any fucker who would skin one needs a badger coat. Its like a tiny yote, the hide dont come off.
 

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We are standing in the fur trough with both feet fellers. Skinning, skinning, and more skinning. It stinks in the house of pain. This unseasonable warm weather we have been having is a boon. Tonite I have to clean out the freezer and hang fur for fleshing and boarding tomorrow. If anyone wants to flesh 17 yotes let me know.

Yes I am crying, im bitching like a girl. Ive said for years im getting too old for this shit. But, I woyldnt have it any other way.........

My hands sure hurt, and my farts smell like a yote.

The fur looks good boys.

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do you borax or salt?
 

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do you borax or salt?
I ain't sure what Coop does but I ain't never used either for selling furs. I suppose our dry air helps with that a batch.
A young fellow showed up with a yote today that he wanted to learn how to skin, etc. Damb I enjoy watching people do something for the first time when a body could almost do it his sleep any more. I think he expected me to do more than tell him how.LOL Got it done and washed ready to go on the board tomorrow.
 

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Coopersmith, I grew up trapping in SW Colorado. Mainly for mink and beaver. Got a few yotes as well along the way.

Here in southern Oregon I shoot a lot of Badgers but have only skinned one (yep they stink like someone pooped in the motor oil). Lots and lots of raccoons though.
 

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do you borax or salt?
I use borax in the ears and arm pits of the front legs to avoid taint. Not much mind you just a small handful here and there. i have low humidity as well, but the fur shed can get pretty humid when there is alot of fur hanging to dry. Right now ive got 53 yotes on stretchers. I do move alot of air, but keep the shed shut up when im working, I just cannot skin or handle fur with cold hands. makes em hurt.

When I finish for the day, the widows are opened, heater turned off, and fans set in high. It drops the humidity considerably.

Off to the shed boys. The line has been run and the fur I got out of the freezer last nite is ready to flesh and board. My dance card is full til after dark tonite.
 

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I'm getting old. I watched a badger for a half hour yesterday and could have killed it at any time but instead I enjoyed the live show instead of the dead show and all it's entrails. Shortly before this I was with a landowner friend who set up a few snares around an old cow that died. I had more fun watching this fellow do things I never would but I bet he catch's one anyway.
 

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Old dead cows are the bread and butter of prairie trapping. I have caught 14 yotes this year off dead cows, and we are just getting started.

I am getting old too pit, but im too poor for it to matter..........:truck2:

I figured youd of busted the badger for your manchair..............you got a swift fox on that throne? Well if not, we can fix that.

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Coop, I ain't never seed a kit fox and sure don't have one on me chair and thanks for the offer.
The thing I forgot to add about the borax is the fact we have cold here as well. Many hides get freeze dried on the boards here.
Hope you catch a whole whack of whatever you are chasing and especially them high dollar cats. I've never quite understood how some can be worth a thousand dollars while others no where near it.
The badger was intriguing to me cause it were in a spot I wouldn't expect it to be. There is none of it's usual prey within a mile of it so was kinda/sorta puzzled and was wondering if it may be finding a den or what? It finally went down and filled the hole behind itself.