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#5283065 - 05/29/11 08:02 AM Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up!
VarmintGuy Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
Posts: 6752
Loc: SW Montana
I just got my annual State Of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department questionaire.
This particular questionaire is sent to all holders of Montana Trappers Licenses.
Each years questionaire has a table of recent average pelt prices at auction.
Coyote pelts average prices during the winter of 2,010/2,011 were listed at an impressive $73.16!
I think I left about $731.60 worth of pelts laying on the ground last season!
My Coyote Hunting plans and policies may just change for the upcoming winter!
I buy a Montana Trappers License every year to allow me to Rifle Hunt Bobcat and Wolverine.
No license is needed in Montana to Hunt Red Fox or Coyote.
Some of the average pelt prices at auction I will list along with the prices from recent previous years to show the trend.

Coyote:
2,008/2,009 = $30.70
2,009/2,010 = $35.29
2,010/2,011 = $73.16

Bobcat:
2,008/2,009 = $281.35
2,009/2,010 = $346.54
2,010/2,011 = $411.84

Red Fox:
2,008/2,009 = $21.59
2,009/2,010 = $22.34
2,010/2,011 = $24.37

Wolverine:
2,008/2,009 = $254.67
2,009/2,010 = $211.42
2,010/2,011 = $253.15

On this forum (and so many others!) I have recently seen where folks state that Coyote pelt prices are such that they aren't worth saving - well at $73.16, in this economy, I think more folks are going to be saving and processing Coyote pelts.
I have two friends who sell tanned wild creature pelts here in SW Montana at their stores - these pelts include everything from Ermine to Mink to Fisher along with Coyote, Fox, Badger, Marten, Beaver and others.
They virtually sell out every year!
Granted these sales are to "tourist" type folks as opposed to the commercial furriers of decades past but a cash sale IS still a cash sale!
Fur friendly bullets anyone?
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#5283163 - 05/29/11 08:36 AM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: VarmintGuy]
TRnCO Offline
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Registered: 05/12/11
Posts: 580
Loc: Elizabeth, CO
Those numbers are hard to beleive although they are for finished good northern silvers I'm sure. The prices I got last year were about the same as 3 years ago and 2 years ago I couldn't sell a pelt around here.

For instance, 3 seasons ago I averaged about $12/per coyote. 2 seasons ago, no buyer around here would buy a coyote. Then last year, once again was getting about $12 per coyote. Coyotes all sold in the round.

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#5287669 - 05/30/11 07:35 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: TRnCO]
erich Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 1727
Loc: wash. state
$12. Ea and all you had to do was throw them on the ground in front of the guy, not bad considering he had to skin(a cold coyote), flesh, clean the fur, sew bullet holes, stretch, dry, ship to auction and hope his lot sells at a profit and doesn't get held over. Thats why the numbers you see at auction are so different from what you get in the round.

Erich
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#5287678 - 05/30/11 07:36 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: TRnCO]
erich Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 1727
Loc: wash. state
$12. Ea and all you had to do was throw them on the ground in front of the guy, not bad considering he had to skin(a cold coyote), flesh, clean the fur, sew bullet holes, stretch, dry, ship to auction and hope his lot sells at a profit and doesn't get held over. Thats why the numbers you see at auction are so different from what you get in the round.

Erich
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#5287933 - 05/30/11 08:35 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: erich]
sscoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 1649
I bet there's fewer to go around these days which may be driving prices up--i killed 20 this year and there were only 2 that were good--mange is running through the spp. bad down here.
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#5294137 - 06/01/11 06:01 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: sscoyote]
TRnCO Offline
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Registered: 05/12/11
Posts: 580
Loc: Elizabeth, CO
Keep that mange down south. I already see enough of it just 90 miles east, hoping it doesn't make it into my back yard.

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#5294811 - 06/01/11 09:55 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: TRnCO]
sscoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
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Saw a coyote couple days ago in the headlights just so. of Colo. Spgs. and although summerish didn't see any funky spots...?
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#5295909 - 06/02/11 09:51 AM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: sscoyote]
VarmintGuy Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
Posts: 6752
Loc: SW Montana
Sscoyote: Now that may be a factor - I am also seeing more Coyotes with mange myself here in SW Montana.
The Fox were very much diminished (by 90%!) here in SW Montana several years ago and their numbers to date have NOT recovered.
I have even heard reports of Wolves with mange hereabouts.
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#5309677 - 06/06/11 08:04 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: VarmintGuy]
tt35 Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 461
Loc: Eastern Oregon
Mangey wolves would be a blessing. Just sayin'...

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#5347982 - 06/19/11 12:51 PM Re: Coyote - Average Pelt Prices Up! [Re: tt35]
35404 Offline
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Registered: 10/22/04
Posts: 5
Loc: MT
We shipped 81 dogs (rounders)to the hutterites in March. $1400. Near $20 a pop. Prob. made about a buck an hour or so,considering time, gas, ammo etc., having a great time at that. Mark
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