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 positive outlook on the position trappers are in considering the recent market woes. At the same time, many trappers who sold fur last year will be complaining about these prices. Take a look at the numbers and decide for yourself.
Here are some highlights:
Beaver – $32.79 average overall, with 1st section pelts selling at highest price and %. (over 20,000 sold)
Wild Mink – $17.61 average, 50% sold
Otter – $55.32 average, mostly unsold (only 12% sold)
Muskrat – $9.34 – $10.11 averages, with almost all sold
Raccoon – averages ranging from $7.90 – $36.04, wide variation depending on location. Poor clearance (only about 1/3 sold overall).
Red Fox – averages ranging from $21.84 – $86.94. Eastern and Northern skins sold extremely well, Central were mainly unsold.
Coyote – $56.90 average