The turkeys, and deer fawns don't care about the pelts, and when they're howling in the yard trying to pull the dogs out at night neither do I. So mark my interest down as predator control, not furbearer. If prices got high enough to interest me in pelts, I'd set winter traps around the place.
Everyone that's indicated to me they'd like a pelt always got scarce at skinning time.LOL
Wow, you guys in N.Y. are getting ripped off big time. Take a look on this site, and go to the fur handling forum. You should get an idea on what fur prices are outside of the "Big Apple"? Not sure why there is such a HUGE difference. http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/forums/index.php
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This is quite enjoyable reading...the .22-250, the Swift, the 25-06, and for very windy days, the 7 mags. are my choice..I am not a fur hunter, but a coyote hunter..for fun, read Elmer Keith's article on coyote hunting in American Rifleman..things were sure different in those days...Old coyote is our greatest game animal....love him, but love to shoot him even more....
this year my rack of coyote guns is full of all kinds of cool cartridges. 223 WSSM (topped off with 55 and 60 grain V-max), 22 Hornet (33 grain Speer Gold Dot), 17 Remington (20 and 25 grain V-max), 257 Roberts (non-Ackley improved topped off with 75 grain V-max), 270 Winchester (115 grain V-max).
my fave coyote loads are the 17 Rem and 22 Hornet... getting them in closer than 50 yards means that I do not have to have a hide punishing gun like the 257 and the 270... the coyotes this year have been no more than 25 yards from me when I have shot. the 17 and the hornet have been one shot DOA's. if they stop before the get 100 yards from me.. the 223 WSSM will start being employed and then if they stop before 200 yards, the 257 and the 270 will be employed.. but until such time.. the 17 and the hornet will be my go to rifles. I will be looking for a 22-250 and a 223 Rem over the winter to rebuild for next season. you just can not have enough varmint/predator guns. besides the 257 and the 270 are also awesome deer, and medium game rounds too.. so these can pull double duty. anything bigger will go for bigger game and the big bores are all 1,000 yard target guns.
good hunting this year to all.
HarperC, this is for you bud.. I do this for pelt and predator control. I am not scarce or the last one to start cutting.. skinning the coyote.. I am first in line to take the skin.. I keep my skinner sharp, and at my side.. I have two masters when it comes to yotes.. myself, and the ranchers I service on my "off-time". if I get that call.. the first thing I do is check the guns, grab the ammo, don my nat-gear and check my skinning knife... then its time to call up my posse and mount up for the hunt.. we all shoot, skin, and benefit from the pelts. oh, can not forget the great meals the ranchers throw us when we come back with 20+ coyotes in a day. I do care about the money I get from the pelts; they buy me reloading supplies, coyote/predator calls, camo gear and they buy me the thanks of the ranchers that keep their herds growing.
Sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you have a great winter! I'm hitting Oregon in early December with a Winchester Model 100 in .284, 120 grain V-max this trip. Taking a 12 gauge as well, got some of the 'HEVI-SHOT DEAD COYOTE" I hope to try.
Sounds like you're in a target rich environment, with a lot of opportunity. With that kind of volume skinning could be worthwhile.
I did leave out entertainment as a reason for chasing coyotes.