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    ply would warp on you in those sizes .see if there is a sawmill in your area and go see them and get your timber direct from them rather than someone like placemakers other thing you could look at is stretch frames using thick branches bend them in an oval and use sash cord or thin rope to stretch pelts like the indian way of stretching hides.

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    @scotsman,i normally used 100mm x 25mm boards off old pallet's,i was leaving the belly uncut and nails at the head,tail and pull the leg's tight. I used 7 nails at each end and 6 along the leg's/ belly,hope this help's

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    Just like night shooter said, all very simple. My mate bought his first house with possum skins and venison and he used both wire and wooden frames. The wire ones were spot welded together, same shape as the wooden ones, only slightly more across cos wires thinner than a 25mm board and its the overall width you are after. The end that was spot welded together had a short spike left proud for the nose to catch on, and he used pegs to peg out the skin. One quick slice with a Stanley knife and the skin was off.

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    best results I ever had shooting was on flowering Manuka in Taranaki ,next were poplars & pines .

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    300x25 in boxing grade timber should be the cheapest you can get cos it's untreated - 250x25 might be more common and you may have to call around a few merchants first

    Hand pick it as it is full of knots and warps

    100x25 boxing is only $1 a metre here from memory so it shouldn't cost too much??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    We were always taught that night shooting in native bush is about 10% effective due to the canopy cover, if you can get in under the canopy and look up it can be more effective. Bush edges along grassed areas are good spots to check. I have spent many thousands of hours spot lighting and have found you can get good results but you have to work the area carefully and not to quickly as sometimes it's just a glint of an eye that gives them away.
    yup mooseman is right.also if theres a breeding doe round and shes randy ,the bucks will go stir crazy like stags and the noise of snarls or scraps is a dead friggin giveaway-I had a 3 cell torch clamped to my stirling.22 and it was spot on .more than one buck fell outof a tree after sitting up screaming at me ,and getting a terminal.22 blowjob that curbed his sex drive permanently.
    look for abandoned fruit trees -the jackos love that fruit ,and looking through my photos im bloody sure i nailed more than one who may have been a tad pissed from gutsing out on fermenting /rotten fruit.vegetable peelings is good bait too-my late dad shot many a jacko who d paid a visit to mums peelings bucket (intended for our xmas porker)in the old family home on the coast.he also dealt with a few who got into his shed rafters and tried to tell him how to chop kindling wood.
    brother and i trapped as kids-flour with aniseed was the bait ,and the back of a tomahawk or our leadhead studded lenght of rimu applied btween the eyes stopped em dead -trapline -check before schoolin mornings -leave dead to cooloff during day -jacket skinand takc out after school.we bought our 1st watches -alphas &6.13s.6d from our possum skin money (1966).
    dont see many these days-im dying to get a screamer buck lined up for a 3"no2 steel 12g blowjob-itll come!

    all the best.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. Did end up buying a stapler too it's alright but you need to put a good few on to get the same stretch as a nail board. Also I'd advise getting the bigger sized staples. 20 bux for 2000.

    If anybody in Northland has any possum traps they would be willing to sell pm me. Looking for about 80. Not overly fussy about condition as long as they work. Much appreciated

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    Ran my first trap line of the season last night.

    30 traps
    14 caught
    4 more sprung
    950 grams of fur from the 14

    Possums were in very good condition after a very good summer in Canterbury.
    Will get another line out in another couple of weeks and hope to set them both at least once a week as time, work and weather allows.
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    Interesting @akaroa1, I'm averaging 12 possums to the kg, n its just starting to get cool here. Come on winter, only gets better for the next 3 months.

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    @BeeMan I'm on Banks Peninsula and the conditions are always pretty mild here.
    This line is at around 100m ASL and within 1km of the harbor. So practically winter less.
    Haven't had a frost yet this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeMan View Post
    Interesting @akaroa1, I'm averaging 12 possums to the kg, n its just starting to get cool here. Come on winter, only gets better for the next 3 months.
    @BeeMan
    What is the price this year per KG
    12 per Kg
    That good going - all Brown's to no doubt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    @BeeMan
    What is the price this year per KG
    12 per Kg
    That good going - all Brown's to no doubt
    Hey Sarvo,

    Here is a copy of a txt i got from basically bush on 20th march.

    Hi we are in Nelson buying fur, 12noon at Richmond A&P show grounds today. $105kg. Cheers Lisa

    Will probably go up next few months as fur is longer, less shorts rejected. Was getting $120 Aug last year

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

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    I sell to Dawson furs $105 kg. Still better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. @Sarvo yep mostly darks but the silver greys are big huas here aswell

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeMan View Post
    I sell to Dawson furs $105 kg. Still better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. @Sarvo yep mostly darks but the silver greys are big huas here aswell
    Say hi to Dink (Bruce Dawson) from Peter Milne
    Sold most of my skins to him 80's
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    Quote Originally Posted by kukuwai View Post
    Hey Sarvo,

    Here is a copy of a txt i got from basically bush on 20th march.

    Hi we are in Nelson buying fur, 12noon at Richmond A&P show grounds today. $105kg. Cheers Lisa

    Will probably go up next few months as fur is longer, less shorts rejected. Was getting $120 Aug last year

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
    Interesting- I only trapped a little in the early 80's and didn't get many skins. didn't get a lot for them and I think it wasn't long after that the price dropped out. Wasn't worth the hassle. just shot them for shits and giggles.
    I was talking to someone just yesterday about trying to short the odd one and whether it was worth it for the fur. Cant be shagged skinning but if it was 12- 15 odd jackos for 100 bucks I'd definitely have a crack at that if I can find some easy local ones.

 

 

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