Traditionally, it's been common to provide a reasonably accurate picture of what the fur market is going to look like by the time fall rolls around and trapping season gets underway. But the past few years have been anything but traditional in the fur market, and uncertainty is the new name of the game. These days a large percentage of the fur that's harvested in the fall … [Read more...]
2017-2018 Fur Prices: Trapping Today’s Fur Market Forecast
Note: This is NOT the most recent fur market forecast. Click here for Trapping Today's 2018-2019 Fur Market Forecast. The 2017-2018 trapping season is upon us, and trappers everywhere are looking for a clue as to what fur prices will bring. Since the crash in the fur market a few years back, it's been tougher to get information on fur prices until late in the selling … [Read more...]
Why Fur Prices Vary by Size, Species and Location
North American fur prices vary by region – sometimes substantially – and if you’ve ever looked over fur price averages from the major auction houses, you may find yourself confused by all of the different terms, and wondering how fur in your area stacks up against the averages. I get questions like this all the time, including “what’s so special about Western bobcats that makes … [Read more...]
2015 Fur Price Lows – We’ve Been Here Before!
The late Parker Dozhier was a wise man when it came to the fur market, and he shared a lot of valuable information about the highs and lows of fur prices. Parker was always pushing for trappers to catch more fur to bring to the market, believing strongly that the large quantities of fur produced during earlier booms attracted consumers in a way that would increase demand. … [Read more...]
Trapping Today’s 2015-2016 Fur Market Update
Looking for more detailed information on fur prices and alternatives for marketing your fur? Click here to learn more about Trapping Today's new Fur Guide eBook. All is quiet. That's the story thus far in the 2015-2016 market for wild fur. Folks are looking everywhere for answers to how much money they can expect to get for fur this season, but the answers aren't coming … [Read more...]
FHA’s January 2014 Fur Auction Results
Fur Harvesters Auction Inc. held the first major fur sale of 2014, which will help set the stage for the fur market the rest of the season. Prices for most items were off from the 2013 highs, but compared to the low levels in the market just a few years ago, fur prices aren't looking too terrible. It's FHA's job to get the most value for their trappers and they have a … [Read more...]
Fur Industry Has Changed, But it Ain’t Dead!
There's no question that the fur market has changed considerably over the years. What once was an industry that many Americans made their living from (including trapping, pelt handling, tanning, coat manufacturing and more) has evolved into hobby with supplemental income for most, supporting only a few remaining full time trappers and fur handlers. The last great fur boom … [Read more...]