Skunk! Darn it!
The black and white striped stinker comes into view and you’re disappointed, but perhaps you shouldn’t be.
Skunks are more valuable than most trappers think, if you know what to do with them. That’s where Kyle Kaatz’ skunk video comes in. In “Skunks: The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make”, Kaatz goes through the process of proper pelt handling and gland/essence extraction that allows for the most profitable utilization of a critter that many trappers disregard.
Skunk pelts aren’t worth a ton, but there is a specialty craft market for them, and prices really don’t fluctuate much. So unlike some other furbearers, like raccoons or muskrats, the market for skunks is steady and predictable over the long term. Kyle shows how to skin, flesh and stretch the pelts to get the most value for the fur.
Skunk glands are used in the lure making industry, and proper gland removal and storage is covered here as well.
Perhaps the most profitable part of a skunk, however, is the essence – the strong odor that gives skunks their unpopular reputation! Skunk essence is a critical component in the lure making and trapping industry because of this strong odor and its ability to attract other furbearers from long distances.
Skunk essence is highly saleable, and trappers who catch multiple skunks can make pretty good money from essence alone. Proper extraction is important, and is actually quite simple once you learn how it’s done. Kaatz goes through the process in detail, and even gives tips on storing and shipping essence to minimize the skunky smell at the post office!
If you catch skunks on your trapline and aren’t maximizing returns from their pelts, glands and essence, you’re missing out on a lot of money. And at $15, Kyle Kaatz’ 45 minute DVD could be a small investment with big rewards.
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