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    Quote Originally Posted by csmiffy View Post
    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.
    I hate plucking them - I can skin 3 to 1 plucked in time
    Prices in 80's were minipulated by Korea mostly - it was up and down
    1989 I averaged just on $10 on a line I sent to Dunedin
    Mid 86-87 Bruce Dawson and Machouse Furs were paying average 5-7$ "cash"
    Pureora coons were not the greatest size or quality
    I would drool over the Urewera Darks that Dawson always had pleasure in showing us - that was usually just before price was given on my line
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    Urewera posums like Corgis
    Real guns start with the number 3 or bigger and make two holes, one in and one out." -

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    Dont think I have even tried skinning a possum since the 80's

    I was never fast at skinning anyway but I can pluck them reasonably fast.
    I was averaging 10 to a kilo early in the winter last year. Big blacks and reds down Haast ways. I have one spot I hit once a year where I can with my sons help make over 500 bucks in a nights shooting even with fuel and stuff taken into account.
    Always try to do a few runs on the possums and put the money towards other hunting related stuff.

    Have to travel now to get to them as locally it is a very rare event to see a possum due to all the dairy farming. All the handy country is poisoned heavily.





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    Quote Originally Posted by csmiffy View Post
    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.
    Yep the price for plucked fur has remained over a 100 bucks per kilo for a while now so get stuck into them @csmiffy

    All you need to do is find someone to sell too. Give a local wool buyer a call or basically bush has a list of buyers on their website.

    http://www.possumhunters.co.nz/agents.html

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    on the outskirts of chch so not sure if there are any easy ones out here. If its like back on the coast any easy ones shot already or poisoned. More worried about cocking it up and shooting in the wrong place and having coppers after me.

 

 

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