You’ve shot your coyote, you skinned and dried it yourself, and you’re interested in finding out how and where to sell it. What do you do?
When finding a buyer for hides, there are several different places to look. You can of course try the Internet. That’s fine if you’re looking for mainly a wide spectrum of choices. But often if you’re in a smaller community or area, it may be tough to locate ready fur buyers; and of course you’re not looking to make a long drive or trip, which will cost gas, and maybe an overnight or so. That just isn’t real practical, when coyote pelts if real good, may get you around a top of $50. And of course prices vary by market, and the old rule of “supply and demand. Having said that, just know that a quality coyote pelt, properly prepared will always be saleable.
Fur buyers post ads in local newspapers for hides. Outdoor outfitters will often have fur buyer contacts posted in the stores on their bulletin boards. It’s win/win for both the fur buyers and the stores – -as these ads will bring in potential customers. I’ve also seen that fur buyers will advertise locally, and will show up in an outdoor outfitter’s parking lot on set dates with their trucks and buy furs and pelts on the spot. I also would point out that often, while it’s cash and carry, the prices offered are not the best, and if you have a larger load of good quality pelts, you may end up with less than you expected.
My best suggestion is to access an organization called The National Trappers Association (NTA). Go to the Internet, and find their site. Founded in 1959, this association is the bedrock of trapping from opportunities to conservation, and everything in between. Good people. Interestingly, the 2010 national convention was held in Marshfield, Wisconsin – – an area in central Wisconsin that harbors good fur bearing animal populations (including coyotes), and local trapping interest is high.
The NTA has listings of fur buyers throughout the country in their monthly newsletter/journal, which I’ve been able to find available at some outfitter stores. Fur buyers advertise in NTA publications. I also might suggest that you may want to at least try to call a local NTA member, or indeed an NTA board member (as I said, they’re good people who I’ve found are always willing to provide some type of helping hand). One of these folks may be able to provide you the name or names of reputable fur buyers in your area. You just know these NTA people won’t lead you astray.
From my discussions with coyote hunters and trappers, I’m told that fur buyers that show up in their trucks don’t come close to the money you’ll get from a buyer who is associated with the NTA – -either as a member or an advertiser. Now, that’s not to knock those fur buyers who come to a community with their trucks. I’m just talking “real world” right now, and relating what I’ve been told by coyote hunters and trappers who prepare and sell pelts.
From what I’ve seen coyote pelts will run up to and at times exceed $50 each. They’re graded on the basis of size, fur quality, coloration, and the market place- -like in “supply and demand.” With all the work you’ve put in to scouting, hunting, trapping, skinning, and preparing a pelt, you want to make sure you get top dollar for your animal. Heck, with today’s economy, it’s not bad being able to let’s say bring in 50 pelts, and then get $35 to $50 each for them. That’s a nice piece of change, and is a true bonus to having been able to commune with nature in a super-unique way, that few if any have ever even come close to experiencing.
Just another reason why I am so proud to cherish hunting and hunters.