The second major fur auction in 2019 has come and gone, and there weren’t many surprises. With the exception of coyote and bobcat, fur prices for most species remain low. Here are some details:
Beaver sold at 75%, with a wider spread than the recent NAFA auction. The better Eastern beavers averaged $14.56, more than $3 better than the NAFA sale, but Section III beavers averaged less than $8.
Western coyotes averaged about $88. These same pelts averaged a little over $100 at last year’s March auction. The coyote market may be seeing a slight pullback on the higher end skins, but the demand is obviously still there, and prices remain very profitable for Western coyote trappers. Similar to the recent NAFA auction, demand for lower end coyotes has risen considerably. Perhaps some manufacturers have found recent success using these as parka trim, and are bidding up the supply of lower cost substitutes. That’s great for coyote trappers outside of the Western states. Eastern coyotes averaged a whopping $59, and Centrals averaged $33!
Western bobcats, averaged $416. While this is a great price level in the overall scheme of things, it is considerably lower than the nearly $600 these cats brought in last year’s March auction. On a positive note, cat prices increased in other regions, with Canadian, Southern and Central cats all averaging around $90. Not bad for the lower end cats.
Muskrat averaged $3.80, a little higher than last year.
Red fox ranged from $24-27, but only sold at 42%, meaning only the better pelts likely sold.
Raccoon sold well, at 83%, with averages ranging from $4.62 to $12.28. These are considerable lower prices than the NAFA auction, but the FHA coon collection may have been of different quality overall.
Lynx averaged around $73, a small improvement, but still far below long term averages.
Marten prices took a pretty big hit from last year’s levels, ranging from $76 for the biggest and best heavy Alaskan and Canadian skins, down to $29 for the large semi-heavies. 70% sold.
Mink, Otter, Fisher, Grey Fox and Weasel mostly didn’t sell, and were retained to be offered at the next auction.
Skunk averaged $3.90, Badgers $26, and Oppossums $2.