Coyote hides worth anything?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by earl1704, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. earl1704

    earl1704 Active Member

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    Are coyote hides worth anything (dollars)?

    Went out coyotes last year called in 10 in two days but they stayed out about 200 t0 500 yards and looked towards the call and decoy. They would just sit (like a dog) and after about 10 minutes would just turn and run.

    I have read a lot more about coyote hunting, upgraded some gear, got into shooting past a 100 yds. in the last year and am getting ready to try again.

    My wife shoots and I call the shot so far we have many a dead rock and tree stump to 500 plus yds.

    But do any of you guys skin the coyotes or just leave um is there a market for them?

    Earl
     

  2. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    In CA the coyotes are usually so small and scraggly I don't want to touch'em, let alone skin them out. But, if you get some nice winter fur there might be a market for it.... Talk to your local taxidermists...
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    From what I've heard there is alot of coyote fur in warehouses so they will only be looking for the very best or free coyotes. Cali does not have good coyote fur, besides if you think you smell now skin a couple and put them up, it's worth more than a few bucks but if you can find somone who will give you something for them in the round then all you have to do is shoot and transport. On the other hand don't leave dead coyotes laying around move them to spots where they can just go away without the public knowing about it.
     
  4. Yotebuster

    Yotebuster Well-Known Member

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    Been sellig hides for a long time now, The Western Heavy' Dogs might bring a little. But this is not looking like a great Fur yr. I Just have a hard time leaving them lay without skinning them, I think the yotes are so dang pretty when they are all put up, Well heck I go so far as I do not hunt them at all until the fur is good in the late fall winter. And quit when they start breaking in LAte Jan,Feb. HEre is a few Just because . I'd love to see others post some Pic's.

    Not to try to steal your thread!!!

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  5. earl1704

    earl1704 Active Member

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    Wow what a beautiful set of hides!

    I noticed from your title information you are from Lakeville OR. We hunted yotes (great word “yotes”) just south of Klamath OR. on the California side. In two days saw 10 yotes, there were no shortages of animals.

    Are the ones you are showing from the same general area?

    In short I haven’t hit one yet to be able to see it close up. I don’t like the idea of leaving them lay but if there is a couple of dollars in it or someone to trade something for them I would skin them. I figured I would roll them up and freeze them until I can afford to have a few tanned.

    Bought a Fox Pro FX3 caller
    A crow that turned on sounds like a mob of crows
    And a rabbit that shakes when turned on.

    Had lots of problems with the Fox Pro but they say it’s fixed now, but we shall see.

    Thanks for the info and again awesome set of hides!

    Lets see some other pics guys.


     
  6. Yotebuster

    Yotebuster Well-Known Member

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    I'm about 100 miles or so East of Klamath falls. I hunt in Oregon on the Nev border.
     
  7. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    "Just have a hard time leaving them lay without skinning them, I think the yotes are so dang pretty when they are all put up"

    ...here's to that! I can't leave 'em lay either. I've sold some of mine to tourist shops tanned before, and friends.
     
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    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    Here's a 477-yarder 6mm AI 700/87 Horn BTHP/Burris 4-12x Mini BP reticle, and my transport system--

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  9. tcknight

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    Estimates for 2009-2010 season indicate Bobcat in the 20-30 dollar range this year and coyote down to $8-$10. The economy crash really killed fur buying. Most of our furs go to Russia and China and that market has dried up for the time being. May pick up later in the season if Russia's economy turns around but chances are it will not since warehouses are pretty full of coyote right now.
     
  10. earl1704

    earl1704 Active Member

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    TCKnight

    Can you tell me if they need to be tanned or is that raw?

    Also years ago someone told me not to salt them just roll a hide in a tube and put them in the freezer. Is this a proper way to save them?

    Also (if you know) do you sell to a taxidermist or some kind of hide specialist?
    In short sould I be calling taxidermist's or someone else?

    Not really looking to make money jsut dont like wasting the hide.

    Thanks, Earl
     
  11. tcknight

    tcknight Active Member

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    Earl:

    You may be able to sell one or two to a taxidermist. If you do, he will want the whole animal unskinned. This is not a big market so don't expect much.

    For hide sales, you don't want to salt them nor tan them. All you have to do is dry them. Download this pdf: it gives you all the information you need (except how to scrape them which you can get a taxidermist or trapper to show you).

    http://www.furharvesters.com/pdf/pelthandling.pdf

    If you can find a country fur buyer, all he will want is for you to roll them up and freeze them. (Still, use the pdf to find out how to skin each species). Roll them up tail to nose so he can hook them by the nose so that they will unroll while thawing. He makes his money on scrapping, drying, and marketing. You will get far less than market when selling this way but the buyer assumes all the risk so this is a viable alternative. When freezing follow all these rules:

    1) Put sawdust in the fur and brush out to remove all oils and grease
    2) Allow fur to completely dry before freezing
    3) Make sure all burs, dirt, and other materials are brushed out.
    4) Freeze fur side out
    5) Roll up tail first so nose is on outside of roll
    6) Remove as much air as possible from freezer bag. Vacuum seal is ideal.
    7) Do not leave in freezer more than four months.

    I admire you for wanting to make sure your animals are used for something. My dad was a product of the depression. I was taught that if you were not going to eat it or use it in some way, don't shoot it. I thought I was going to have to eat a vulture I shot once. He made me clean it and prepare it to cook :D. THAT was a lesson well taught. Comes back to doing the right thing!

    Hope this helps.

    Tim
     
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    tcknight Active Member

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    Good lookin' dog sscoyote. GREAT shot too!
     
  13. stubblejumper

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    I might have a market for a few hundred coyote hides (tanned, garment grade) if anyone is interested.
     
  14. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Just to touch on another part of your thread: if coyotes are hanging up at longer distances - learning how to connect is what this site is all about. However, there is another alternative, if you are a dog person. Check out Predator University and take a look at his decoy dogs:

    coyote decoy dogs

    I have two of his dogs. Both are black mouth cur/Texas Lacy mixes. The pup (5 mos,) is still learning, but my first purchase (16 mos.) is all business. More often than not, he can bring in a coyote that hangs up where I can't get to him. Last hunt, he brought the coyote in from over 300 yds in brush to a mere 20 yds away. The yote was so focussed on the dog, it never knew I was there.