Selling and buying pelts??

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Selling and buying pelts??

Post by Waylandor » 15 Jan 2019, 9:22 am

Hey I'm not a hunter (though I'd love to get out there one-day)
I'm just a person wanting to become a taxidermist, so I figured who best to know where to get pelts and ended up here, alot of places are selling ranched fox pelts from America but I'd prefer to buy locally
So the big question is Where do you (if you) sell your fox pelts or other game pelts
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Post by Bazooker » 15 Jan 2019, 2:31 pm

G'day Waylandor,

Welcome to the forum, PM sent.

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Post by dont.own.shoes » 16 Jan 2019, 2:29 pm

id love to know who buys pelts/ skins. can do fox, cat, rabbit, camel, kangaroo
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Post by bladeracer » 16 Jan 2019, 2:58 pm

Waylandor wrote:Hey I'm not a hunter (though I'd love to get out there one-day)
I'm just a person wanting to become a taxidermist, so I figured who best to know where to get pelts and ended up here, alot of places are selling ranched fox pelts from America but I'd prefer to buy locally
So the big question is Where do you (if you) sell your fox pelts or other game pelts


I think I have a couple of foxes in the freezer you could have.
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Post by bladeracer » 16 Jan 2019, 2:59 pm

dont.own.shoes wrote:id love to know who buys pelts/ skins. can do fox, cat, rabbit, camel, kangaroo


I don't think there's an actual market anymore for them. I think your most likely outlet would be advertising them as floor rugs.
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Post by Stix » 16 Jan 2019, 3:06 pm

dont.own.shoes wrote:id love to know who buys pelts/ skins. can do fox, cat, rabbit, camel, kangaroo


How do you go with bunnies D.o.s...?

I have a very low hit rate with them. :unknown: ..fleshing being the issue... :cry:
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Post by dont.own.shoes » 16 Jan 2019, 8:28 pm

stixs mate I am far from an expert and have probably only done a dozen rabbit skins to tan as I usually skin them to eat ( cut across the shoulders then pull the skin off) but i have never had an issue with any flesh left on the skins to try and get off.......... maybe I have been lucky, and the ones I have skinned to tan have been small fluffy females wich I find much easier than the big old males
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Post by Stix » 16 Jan 2019, 8:49 pm

Fair enuf...thanks d.o.s... :thumbsup:

Im at the point of not being too far off getting a supple commercial grade suede feel to mine...

When i say flesh...i mean the membrane that is silvery-white between the 'skin' & 'carcass'/body that you can see when skinning out...

Ive got the fox, cat & goats down to pretty easy to get off (for the most part), but these pesky rabbits alude me...i can flesh out a big fatty old fox with head quicker than a tiny bunny :roll:

Ive found there is a patch of it on the back just in front of the tail that doesnt want to shift...this makes it hard for the oil to penetrate & is quite a bit stiffer than the skin itself...

Ive got best results from the tuff bucks because the hide is thicker, however they are harder to flesh out.

Random orbital sander is the next & last resort... then i go to turfing them back into the mallee...:unknown:
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Post by Baronvonrort » 16 Jan 2019, 11:05 pm

bladeracer wrote:
dont.own.shoes wrote:id love to know who buys pelts/ skins. can do fox, cat, rabbit, camel, kangaroo


I don't think there's an actual market anymore for them. I think your most likely outlet would be advertising them as floor rugs.



Yep those PETA hypocrites wearing their leather mini skirts/G Strings/shoes/handbags/purses/etc while sitting on leather couches and chairs said fur is bad which killed the market, for some reason leather is OK.

Akubra import rabbit skins for their hats.
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Post by Bazooker » 17 Jan 2019, 1:21 pm

dont.own.shoes wrote:id love to know who buys pelts/ skins. can do fox, cat, rabbit, camel, kangaroo


You need to start a marketing campaign:-

" Real conservationists wear fox fur"

Might be a jump too far getting them to wear moggies though.

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Post by Archie » 17 Jan 2019, 2:18 pm

I looked at buying a cowhide rug in Sydney the other day. Website was $450. Whats the going rate for a cow, if thats the cost of the skin?
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Post by bladeracer » 17 Jan 2019, 2:59 pm

Archie wrote:I looked at buying a cowhide rug in Sydney the other day. Website was $450. Whats the going rate for a cow, if thats the cost of the skin?


Our Murray Grey breeders were $2000 apiece a few years back.
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Post by grandadbushy » 17 Jan 2019, 6:04 pm

Ya know I often wonder why Australia doesn't have a small fur and leather market where people could send hides or pelts to be tanned
America does and some people can create an income by doing so and in Australia this would help the low income and people on the dole
if they wanted to do so As far as I know America tans everything from coyotes to pigs , cattle you name it but here in Australia all our ferals
shins get wasted
As far as people not wanting it because it was a cat , well if it was only made into leather then they wouldn't know where it come from it also would be a blessing
to the environment by not making plastics that take forever to break down in the environment where as leather does break down far quicker
If you sat down and considered the merit of it there would be more plusses for having a small leather industry here in Australia than not having one
The government whinges about people on hand outs yet they ham string people with by laws and not supporting small industries

Maybe some of you have some ideas on this that would make it clearer for me but I for one would collect my feral skins rather than rely on a Gov hand out
Maybe move to America ( LOL )
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Post by bladeracer » 17 Jan 2019, 6:21 pm

grandadbushy wrote:Ya know I often wonder why Australia doesn't have a small fur and leather market where people could send hides or pelts to be tanned
America does and some people can create an income by doing so and in Australia this would help the low income and people on the dole
if they wanted to do so As far as I know America tans everything from coyotes to pigs , cattle you name it but here in Australia all our ferals
shins get wasted
As far as people not wanting it because it was a cat , well if it was only made into leather then they wouldn't know where it come from it also would be a blessing
to the environment by not making plastics that take forever to break down in the environment where as leather does break down far quicker
If you sat down and considered the merit of it there would be more plusses for having a small leather industry here in Australia than not having one
The government whinges about people on hand outs yet they ham string people with by laws and not supporting small industries

Maybe some of you have some ideas on this that would make it clearer for me but I for one would collect my feral skins rather than rely on a Gov hand out
Maybe move to America ( LOL )


I made lots of very good money from foxes and cats as a kid. I did do a few rabbits but didn't consider them worth the effort. All of my shooting costs, including buying the rifles, was easily covered by fox pelt money.
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Post by Stix » 17 Jan 2019, 7:09 pm

Im workin on bringing that industry back Grandad... :thumbsup:
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Anothe bucket of various bunnies & a fox to add to this... :lol:
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Post by Stix » 17 Jan 2019, 7:14 pm

Now i have to pick them all up n put them away... :roll:
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Post by grandadbushy » 17 Jan 2019, 8:52 pm

Yes bladeracer and it was good back then I made some money out of wallaby ears back when I was a young fella still going to school
but where I am they don't even pay you for wild dog ears or anything .Even if it was only to pay for consumables but extra would be more desirable
When I was a kid you could get as much as 30 bob for a dingo pelt that's $3 almost days wages in one dog we don't or didn't get many fox up here and still don't but if
it was that you did get one it is worth nothing here. There used to be casual shooters all over the place up here once wanting to make a few extra money to help out
but all that went by the way when companies sourced skins and leather from over seas cheaper to gain bigger profits
I know some places pay out on wild dog pelts but only as a pest and most of it is financed by the farming industry and farmers in that area then the skins are wasted
I realise this wouldn't be for everybody but a lot would take it up if a smallish company started a bit like pig boxes take them to a box salted get a slip and get paid when
they arrive at the tannery or something similar I find it strange someone hasn't taken up the task already
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Post by grandadbushy » 17 Jan 2019, 9:03 pm

So Stix mate does that mean you'll buy all my skins ? ;) :) :D :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:
By gee that's an impressive lot of skins mate you might just be the right man to start something up
Unfortunately I don't know enough about tanning hides to do anything about it although I made green hide on the stations way back to make ropes and whips
( before rope was invented :D ) but they weren't properly tanned just salted , dried and oiled
Keep up the good work you just never know mate
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