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Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Trap Setter, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Trap Setter

    Trap Setter New Member

    First time posting and don't know if this is the right place to post a question. (If not will the mods please let me know.)

    Anyhow I am a trapper and sell local usually but I caught a large black beaver today. It is 45.8lbs jet black but has a few damaged areas so it's not perfect. It appears to have been bitten, has a scrape on the edge of the tail, a tiny puncture from a broken foot and a scrape in the fore paw skin at the nail bed. (See pictures)

    So my question is does this animal have a value in the taxidermy trade? Like I said I am a trapper and take great care in the field to produce the best fur possible but I understand taxidermy is totally different from the fur market. 20201109_181431.jpg 20201109_181431.jpg 20201109_181853.jpg 20201109_181431.jpg 20201109_181853.jpg 20201109_181958.jpg 20201109_182311.jpg 20201109_182324.jpg 20201109_181431.jpg 20201109_181853.jpg 20201109_181958.jpg 20201109_182311.jpg 20201109_182324.jpg
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    You will basically have 2 classes of animals to sell in the taxidermy world, 1st being for the beginners and shop class critters that may have some small flaws and and sell for a lesser amount. Then the perfect competition quality critters that are dang near perfect and will bring a better price . Just as you did just post any and all flaws . The beaver your showing is very mountable and will most likely sell but it will need to be skinned as shipping will kill the buyer . Good luck with all .
    Johnnyclyde likes this.

  3. Trap Setter

    Trap Setter New Member

    Ok thanks for the reply 13 Point. So a black beaver is an oddball color and something of a trophy to me. I am not in need of money at this time but trying to figure if this specific beaver is something that could possibly bring $100 or more because at that price it would be worth it to me to take the extra effort to find a buyer and ship it otherwise I'll probably just skin it open like normal and not worry about selling it.

    I'm not trying to be difficult or come off as course just trying to get good information and not waste anyones time beating around the bush
  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    There is a market, and being an odd ball color does make it more desirable but there are a lot of sellers on here . You could sell to them if your in a hurry to get rid of it or case skin it and freeze waiting for a buyer . You will get more money here then selling as a fur , it’s just when will that buyer contact you .
  5. Trap Setter

    Trap Setter New Member

    Yeah not in a hurry and will freeze it till I would send it to be tanned if I decide to keep it guess no harm in putting it up for sale. If I find someone and we make a deal it will be sold and if no deal is reached I'll have a conversation piece on my wall. Guess sometimes I over think things thanks 13.