this topic im about to bring up has really been on my mind as trapping season comes into full swing. I am very new to trapping, and have only done 2 years of invested trapping. last spring was my most productive, i was able to catch 36 rats and 1 mink. these critters were the first water critters i had a hans on look at the fur. just as other more expeirenced trappers had warned me, i saw at the very end of the season, rats stared chewwing big time holes in there hides..
so i have minimal experience with fur handleing and fur grading.
my BIG QUESTION is what is the diffrence between ak fur and lower 48 fur?? on the trapperman forums, people are posting that they are starting to produce critter on there lines in the 48 very recently. so how is it that in michigan, rat season opens in october, and unit 14 opens nov 10?? it dosnt make sence to me.. if alaskan fur is way more luxurious and thicker, than why are people in the lower 48 catching gas money in october? are alaskans just more selective/picky when it come to a prime fur? and how dose the time of season really end up affetcting your fur quality and sale price?? same applies for coyotes, fox, bobcat... i mean seriously, is it possible to profit off a texas bobcat!