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#3055631 - 03/15/17 05:58 PM What price would it take for you to put up the fur?
Tbone-AZ Offline
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I saw some comments on the long range shooters thread, and was thinking about how some say they skin and sell the hides. Others use a cannon cause they don't skin them.

That brings up a question about what price do hides need to be for you to start skinning the coyotes?

I personally don't want to skin a coyote if I am fairly sure that I won't get at least $15 and I really would like $20 or more.

That is just thinking about how long it takes to skin them, store, flesh, sew, wash, clean, and stretch and brush. Not to mention going to the buyer and hoping that you can average enough that it was worth it.

I find that it takes me 1 hour total from start to finish avg to put up a hide.

How about you?
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#3055660 - 03/15/17 07:08 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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I never shoot them without skinning unless they are a mess. Even down south in AZ and NM I skin them and tan them when they are prime, tourist buy them tanned for $60, make them into snowmobile mitts, a vest or throw and you can make money at it.

Even if you don't want to market them yourself, $5. at auction is $5. more than you have leaving them on the ground and putting them up will keep you out of the bars and not in front of the tube.
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#3055663 - 03/15/17 07:14 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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takes a minimum of $30 average for me to put in the work.

but it takes me more than an hour from start to finishing a coyote hide i am proud to let a fur buyer look at. quite a bit more than an hour. lol
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#3055666 - 03/15/17 07:36 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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I get 50 bucks each and all I do is have the scalp with both ears and the bottom jaw. tt2
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#3056224 - 03/17/17 03:21 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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ha, nice.. Course, i could see how getting that jaw off is a pain, unless you just use a hatchet and take the whole head.
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#3056226 - 03/17/17 03:24 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: AWS]
Tbone-AZ Offline
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Originally Posted By: AWS
I never shoot them without skinning unless they are a mess. Even down south in AZ and NM I skin them and tan them when they are prime, tourist buy them tanned for $60, make them into snowmobile mitts, a vest or throw and you can make money at it.

Even if you don't want to market them yourself, $5. at auction is $5. more than you have leaving them on the ground and putting them up will keep you out of the bars and not in front of the tube.



I got a sewing machine a few years ago that would let me sew hides together for a blanket, and one day when i am not so busy i want to make some throw blankets out of the better pelts. But, i don't have a place to store hides, and don't want to send in a pile to be tanned until i am ready. I have learned that lesson with buying lumber, and hardware. Buying in advance for a future project starts to look more like a hoarder than someone with projects lined up.

I applaud you for the effort, I just don't want to do it if i can't get more for my time. Otherwise i could have done something else with that time.

Thanks for sharing.
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#3080067 - 07/10/17 11:17 AM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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Loc: South Central IL
I am in South Central IL and I have been asking around and most people get $7-$30. I can make about $20 an hour working on peoples cars so I would need to make at least that to make it worth my time. I don't do it mostly because I do not have the knowledge, tools, or place to do it.

I would rather a fawn eater have a 4" hole in it and be dead right there than be worried about the hide.

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#3080152 - 07/10/17 04:42 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
varminter .223 Online
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I go to work to make money so I can spend it on killing coyotes......Gonna have to be a big price jump for me to skin one;}
I haul mine down to the local taxidermist and throw em out. He can make that money lol!


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#3080157 - 07/10/17 05:07 PM Re: What price would it take for you to put up the fur? [Re: Tbone-AZ]
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i may not skin them if i don't think i can get $20 for each, given how long it takes me to put up.

But, i would be a big advocate for learning and having at least the basic gear. (a couple of stretchers, fleshing knife, a few small pearing type knives, apron, fleshing beam, sewing needles and floss, fur brush, and fur thumb tacks.

I say this from the stand point that it would be a good idea to learn. Try preparing 10 or so to start to get the basics. I don't mind messing up a coyote pelt. I would almost cry if i messed up a bobcat pelt. So, learn on a low cost coyote pelt, in case the prices go shooting up, or you get a bobcat or fox pelt worth some money. I wouldn't want to be learning how if the pelts all of a sudden started to sell of $100 instead of $20.
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