Missouri Fur Auction fur prices - FYI (Photos Included)
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Pelc Wildlife Arts
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Location: Missouri
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« on: January 19, 2009, 07:50:16 PM »

This is a FYI post of this past Saturday's (the 17th) fur auction results for the Missouri Trappers Association. Both the number of trappers and the number of furs sold were significantly lower than previous years.
Beaver (put up):  15 sold; average price 12.60; top price was 19.00
Beaver (green):  22 sold; average price 9.09; top price was 18.00
Bobcat:  17 sold; average price 24.21; top price was 72.50
Coyote:  14 sold; average price 9.50; top price was 17.50
Gray Fox:  5 sold; average price 18.60; top price was 21.00
Male Mink:  8 sold; average price 9.34; top price was 11.00
Muskrat:  101 sold; average price 2.46; top price was 3.50
Opossum:  277 sold; average price 1.76; top price was 3.75
Otter (put up):  1 sold; average price 24.00; top price was 24.00
Otter (green):  4 sold; average price 28.25; top price was 37.00
Raccoon (put up):  1646 sold; average price 11.45; top price was 23.00
Raccoon (green):  300 sold; average price 8.44; top price was 17.00
Red Fox:  15 sold; average price 12.83; top price was 18.00
Skunk:  19 sold; average price 3.39; top price was 4.50

We purchased two of the five cats that were on the carcass. These cats brought the highest dollar, compared to those that were prepped or finished for the fur market.
The pictures of the two we purchased are included with some information about the cat to give a little better idea of what was sold.
The 'silvery' spotted female was the top dollar cat, selling for $72.50 (the next highest cat sold for $57.00). She was a 14 lb, 28 inch cat. Side guard hairs were approx. 1 inch in length
The second cat was a 25lb, 30 inch Tom. There was virtually no spotting on this cat, with the exception of faint spotting on the legs; side guard hair was approx. 1 inches in length. It sold for $40.00.

Hope that you find this helpful.


Bobcat Female:

Bobcat Male:

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 11:22:03 PM »

Glad I'm not a trapper anymore
Patrick J
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You've got me mistaken for someone else

« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 11:40:23 PM »

Man that is just sad. I just got a letter on prices from Canada. They were a little better but still nothing to get excited. Prices should come up for you at www.furharvesters.com

Quick links to other for sale items I have!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009, 12:08:05 AM »

That silvery cat is sweet looking.  should make a nice mount
PacWest Alaska
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2009, 12:15:54 AM »

Wow, I guess we will be able to get some cheap cats on here.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2009, 12:37:12 PM »

Wow, I guess we will be able to get some cheap cats on here.
i guess you can hold your breath on that, pac

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michael p.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 12:18:01 AM »

Wow, I guess we will be able to get some cheap cats on here.

Trappers prices have absolutely no impact on Taxidermy prices.  It is simple demand & quality.

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Miranda Bergerson
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 05:03:21 PM »

Wow the female is gorgeous
Adam M. Clossin
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 05:24:03 PM »

That top cat is a beauty. 

I've always noticed that "trapper" prices are totally not indicative of "taxidermy" skin prices. 

An $11 fur market mink, if handled properly and not missing limbs from trapping is a $30 mink for taxidermy, and so on.  The taxidermy skins are generally better looking and are cared for more properly.  I've often wondered why more trappers don't sell to the taxidermy market because their stuff could get a lot better price.  Also, it's a lot less work for the trapper to keep the animals whole for taxidermy than it is to skin, turn and put them up to dry. 

museum man
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2013, 05:26:08 PM »

at those prices I wouldn't waste the time to trap them.....you could make a lot more money doing anything else...hell its worth more to skin them than they brought at auction

i am a retired taxidermist from the museum of science and natural history.....
Clara D.
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2013, 08:44:47 PM »

Hasn't the fur industry been doing extremely well recently? All the pelts must be farmed now. That's a shame. :( (And WOW that top kitty is immaculate!)
Michael B
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2013, 10:44:39 PM »

Wow makes me wonder what my kid is going to get for his coons from last fall. He sent them in a few weeks ago with a friend of furs.

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2013, 10:45:23 PM »

It could be that those posts were from 4 year ago.

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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2013, 12:11:46 AM »

Old prices. I averaged over $50 for my coon and $40+ for my mink, wont make that kind of money selling pelts here. That is why Bob Wendt shifted where he sold, fur goes up, sell there, goes down, sell here. All about knowing your markets.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2013, 12:56:40 PM »

It could be that those posts were from 4 year ago.

Haha, yeah I was just about to ask why those prices were so darn low and then I realized the date on the top was from 2009!
I got higher prices for most of my trapped Florida fur this season, especially the otter which sold for $100, put up and dried. My dried coons averaged $8 to $15 (and $25 and up on those sold for taxidermy) and since possums still have low fur market value, I sold the majority of my possums frozen whole to taxidermists, for around $10 to $30 each depending on size.

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