ITA Fur Sale
January 18th, 2020
Elmore County Fairgrounds
Glenns Ferry, ID
Our 1st fur sale will be at the Elmore County Fairgrounds in Glenns Ferry on Jan 17th-18th. We will have check-in Thursday night (16th), check-in all day Friday and check –in Saturday morning until 10AM. This is only a one day sale (Saturday). I am however urging as many people as possible to check in fur Thursday evening or Friday so the fur buyers will get a jump on grading. They CANNOT grade thousands of coyotes in one day and I don’t want to run over into Sunday again. It is right beside the freeway and easy to find and plenty of room. There is a couple older motels in Glenns Ferry and motels in Bliss and Mt Home if you need them. We will NOT BE GIVING CHECKS AT THE SALE. We will be mailing them 7 days after the sale.
Previous Fur Sale Results Can Be Found Here
Detailed Information Regarding the Fur Sale
Hope everyone’s trapping season is going well. My season has been slow for coyotes but did manage to snag two wolves which is always a thrill. I’ve been in contact with the big buyers across the west. Coyote prices look extremely strong. I would even say it is even worth it to skin the partly rubbed coyotes. Cat market has softened some. A grade bellies are always in demand but it sounds like B grade bellies are down 50% and C grade bellies will be pretty cheap. Water animals are a tough market but always sellable. I have two buyers that are actually looking for rats and beaver but I’m sure prices will be tough. Castor is in extremely high demand. Porcupine guard hair is also in very short supply. If you have “odd-ball” animals it might be worth leaving the feet on some of them for the specialty market. Cross fox, silver fox, nice furred badgers, extra-large cats with bad bellies, odd-ball colored coyotes, otter, weasels, marten, ring-tail cats, kit fox, fisher, lynx and wolves. Obviously some of those animals are not legal for harvest in Idaho but we have members in several states mailing fur in. I’m not
saying do all your fur with the feet on but a couple specialty furs might bring you a few extra bucks. We will have horn buyers at the sale as well if you have horns to sell. It would also make it easier if you could give me a rough idea of the amount of fur you are bringing by early January. This will ensure I can get the buyers to come to the sale. As always I have been working hard for the past few months working on getting as many buyers as possible to the sale to compete for your fur.
Fur check-ins will start Thurs evening Jan 16 thd at 6 PM – 10 PM. Check-in will continue all day Friday 7AM – 9 PM and then Saturday morning until 10 AM, please plan accordingly. If you plan to bring a large lot of fur on Saturday please contact me in advance so we can have be ready to receive your fur and keep things moving efficiently. There will only be one actual sale day and that will be on Saturday. The problem is that we need to get as much fur as possible checked in on Thursday evening and Friday. We cannot get 1500 coyotes in Saturday morning and get it all checked in and graded by buyers. To incentivize early check ins (including mailed in fur) we will be giving away chances (tickets) for the door prize drawings. A ticket will be given to anyone checking in fur on Thursday and Friday. Prizes include ITA memberships, 1% off coupons on sale commission, ITA gun of the year raffle tickets, ITA hats, etc. One lucky person
will get a complete commission reduction coupon! We have been working on some fur sale updates that will drastically speed the overall fur sale process up.
Payment and Commission
Payment will be mailed within 5 business days after the sale. Commission is 5% for ITA members and 10% for non-members. 0% commission for no sales. You can mail me fur but it has to be in my hands by Tuesday at the latest, all cats/otters must have CITES tags. You cannot put a minimum on mailed-in fur. Also, any mailed in fur that doesn’t sell will not be mailed back, it will be held over for the next sale. Fish and game will be in attendance tagging bobcats and otter.
We are needing volunteers to set up tables, break down tables, help with the check in and I am asking everyone to bring one item to donate to help offset the costs of putting on the sale. Those donations could be old traps, tanned fur, raw fur, ammo, handmade items, stretchers, almost anything. I encourage folks to come to the fur sale even if they don’t have fur to sell. Great demos, live auction, fish and game speakers all membership meeting are just a small list of activities. Food will be available at the sale and RV camping is available at the fairgrounds (electric hookups available, no water available this time of year). Remember the ITA is putting on this sale to give trappers an outlet to sell their fur but this is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds made from this sale go towards protecting, educating and enhancing trapping in Idaho. We will have another fur sale on March 14th and the exact same procedures will be followed at that sale. Thank you for all your support!
Idaho Trappers Association President