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  1. Check the measurements, and try to find a suitable replacement. I know min trapline has replacement parts, and might be able to get you something close to the original.
  2. A komodo dragon. It has a tail, mammal or dird. I have seen Pheasant tracks with a drag, but not a solid drag. Maybe a fisher or marten.
  3. sorry to hear that, did you atleast accomplish your mission with the other half out of town?
  4. Brownie, thanks again for the education. How did your sets fare? Did you bag a few stinkies?
  5. I thought about the Hawbakers jar, but the kicker is I have secured a source for high grade salt water fish. I would like to keep the essence of the fish as fresh as possible in the oil. I have also read about a centrifuge, which is not an option. I have also thought of cold pressing like the way olive oil is made, but that would require some engineering to make something strong enough to handle pressing fish pure into juice and pulp. I would then have to separate the juice into oil and "water". I would also have some leftover fish solids that should make a pretty good coon bait.
  6. As the title says, I am looking for some answers. I have access to some "exotic" fish and shellfish that I want to strip the oils and essence from for use in lure. I am wondering the best method to strip the oils into a solution. maybe wood spirits or grain alcohol, or isopropyl. I would then evaporate off the alcohol without heat to leave me with pure fish oil. Then adding Sodium Benzoate to preserve it, and cutting the pure fish oil with Glycerine oil. I also plan on doing this with shellfish, for the same purpose. I am guessing what ever "solvent" i use I will just have to take the shells of shellfish and their meat and use the same process.
  7. Saw a ton on Mud Hen durring opener. Was out in bayport a few weeks ago, and it was bone dry and very few ducks, a couple of geese. We need a cold snap to push those migrating birds down from Canada.
  8. Not to rag, but this is what I am talking about, everyone is in this for their own good. But if everyone thinks about the community as a whole everyone does better. Either I am completely high on goofenthol, or I am not making a logical point about real life examples of real situations. If everyone respects the community there will be better and more fruitful trapping in the future, I might offend some old timers and young-ins' but my principles will make this better for all of us, as I have stated before this is what I do for an occupation. I just want to share my knowledge with everyone to make this beneficial for all.
  9. Sorry about my links, the formatting got pretty messed up.
  10. I got a little bored at work and made some charts. The first chart is a simple supply and demand relationship. Demand is constant, as price is high demand is low, as price gets low (to 0) demand is high. Supply is an exponentially growing curve, as demand is low supply is low, once demand grows so does the supply. The point where both lines intersect is the market equilibrium, this is where the price and demand are stable. Both factors supply and demand are steady here, this is where the market wants to be. The second chart is what happens when you shorten supply, less supply means higher price for shortage, the supply shift left, this reflect fewer items (fur) on the market, causing the equilibrium to shift left as well. If the demand is constant and the supply is what can be changed then we can move low quality furs at higher prices. Thus allowing us to capitalize on the prime furs when we send them to market. This is a count of furs sold from NAFA (March and May are complete and January is a partial list) and the average price, in relationship to Minnesota, These are in Canadian dollars and expressed in US dollars as of 10/23/2008. These are the prices that the fur buyers (the ones we sell to) receive for the furs. This is a educated average and by no means the absolute truth! I am not a fur buyer and could not speculate on the prices, but I would assume 10-20% profit on the price of fur, so multiply the price by the average at .85 this should reflect a 15% markup. No this is for fully prepared furs that have been fleshed and stretched. I will assume that there is a drastic hit if you sell them in the green, somewhere in the 45-50% of the average price. I would suggest to look at the data and look back at previous years data, and determine when to sell your furs. Some furs peek in price in the March auction, and others in May. My advise is to sell the "poor" furs as soon as you can and hold your prime for the end of the season.
  11. Sorry to even more long winded. I know the market is variable. As a trapper you are the first person in line, you make the most from a single transaction, your only offset is your time, equipment, fuel and what you "miss out on". If you trap, skin, and prepare all of your own furs you maximize the profit. The buyers make there money by buying large amounts and selling large amounts for small profit on each fur. Then the furs, are made into what ever and sold, for a profit again, but there is another input of labor and materials. Given my post above, we have to make a few assumptions with this scenario, the first is that the market is dynamic, and changing constantly. The second is that we have a uniform distribution with the quality of the furs. Now if we realize that we have sub par furs, we should move these as fast as we can and make minimal profit, we cant have perfect pelts all the time. If you do your own work, you need to conform to the standards they buyers have for the furs. In particular sizes, if everyone follows the same standards then we can get a uniform price or price range for a given grade on a fur. By "unloading" the lower quality furs at whatever price you can get for them should in turn create a higher demand for the high quality furs. Thus we artificially inflate the market for the premium and everyone profits with higher prices. The only variable i see with this that is the wild card is the strength of the us dollar on an international scale. If the USD is devalued then the purchasing power of the foreign currency is strengthened. This is an issue, being that most of the fur market is outside of the united states, going to Asia and Europe. If everyone commits to working together and setting a standard for how things are done, we not only create a uniform commodity, but also prosper from the actions of the fellow trapper. I am not preaching "unionization" or anything along those lines, I am looking to create a market that is stable and that furs get their adequate value. I am pro capitalism and I think everyone should get the top dollar for their goods and services. The long term stability of a volatile market requires patience and conformity to "industry" standards. The adequate training and knowledge in these forums as a collective could benefit everyone fully. I am new to trapping, but simple economic principles and statistical analysis are applicable here. Everyone has a unique set of skills, mine is in the analysis of markets and economics. yours might be that you can skin a beaver or coon in 30 sec and have no sinew or flesh to remove (just a dream). I am not asking for trade secrets but to collect a reasonable list of tips and processes that everyone can benefit from.
  12. Not to get too long winded here, I am an accountant and relatively knowledgeable about financial markets and economic principles, I will share a brief analysis of the fur market. And simplify it to make since to the lay person. The market will dictate the price and will eventually correct itself if it is out of balance. In finance the efficient-market hypothesis (EMH) asserts that financial markets are "informationally efficient", or that prices on traded assets, e.g., stocks, bonds, or property, already reflect all known information. The efficient-market hypothesis states that it is impossible to consistently outperform the market by using any information that the market already knows, except through luck. Now let’s accept that the fur market only grows at the same rate, it will be almost impossible to out perform the market. There are exceptions to the “rules” where a pristine or oddity in the fur and its quality will dictate an abnormally high price (the $200 beaver, when beaver is between 35-45). Now if we assume that the demand is steady and that all the furs sent to market will sell then we can expect prices to grow. This is a simple supply and demand relationship. Now if the market only sells 80% or something other then all of the fur then you would expect the price to stay the same or drop to support the demand (or lack of). If you hold prime furs until the market supports favorable prices then you will get the best value for your furs. There are also the poor quality furs that are less then the average market quality and you would be lucky to make any profit on these. If we assume a uniform distribution of the quality of furs on a standard bell curve, we will know that roughly 68% of the fur will be one grade above and below the average this should be about the low end of the price spread. Then the next 28% will be two grades above or below the average this should represent the high end of the price. There are the outliers with the final 4% that are either extremely high quality and demanding high prices, or very low quality that will command little value on the market. The best method is to hold prime furs, for favorable conditions, and to move the average and low quality furs as soon as you can. As with any other market there are speculators who risk a lot on the market in hopes of it rising rapidly, these people will buy furs at price of $30 and hope it raises and sell them at a profit. This works on a theory of economies of scale where large volumes with fractions of profit generate returns over cost. The speculators should cause the market to rise, and if the market is full of average and lower quality furs, then this should drive the prices up of the high end and prime furs to maximize market prices.
  13. Brownie is letting me follow him. I'll have fun I love duckhunting in the crappiest of weather.
  14. I am new to trapping and am looking for some knowledge, I have read a few books, and understand the methods and sets. I am looking for someone to let me tag along with them on a trap line.
  15. I have limited space, as I live in a townhouse, but I can store them in a rubermaid container, in my garage. would it help if I put some leaves and other outdoor scents in with them?
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