Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Illinois Trappers Association to Hold Annual Fur Auctions

Illinois Trappers Association to Hold Annual Fur Auctions

The Illinois Trappers Association (ITA) will hold two fur auctions in January. The first will be the Northern sale at the Odell Community Center, 408 North Morgan St., Odell, Illinois, on Saturday January 14th.  Doors open at 6:00 am and the action starts at 9:00 am.

As for the Southern auction it will be held at the Fenton Real Estate and Auction, 117 West North St., West Salem, Illinois on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Doors again open at 6:00 and the auction begins at 9:00 am.

ITA President Neal Graves is not sure how the depressed fur market will affect the annual Trappers Association auctions. “Some local dealers are not even buying raccoons this year,” he said. “Hopefully, having a number of dealers under the same roof will spark a bit of competition”, he continued.

For more information, please contact ITA President Neal Graves at 309-989-7616 or bzbeaver@hotmail.com.

Trapping is a great way to teach about conservation and how we play a positive role in wildlife management.

Fur Auction Regulations:  

1)  All animals must be skinned (no animals on the carcass)

2)  All furs received and auctioned in order by lot number

3)  All fur will be sold in trapper-graded lots.  Trappers grade and bundle their own fur to sell how they feel will best serve them.  The ITA has provided a simple guideline to help trappers with the grading and grouping of their furs (see below for Marketing Tips, provided by Missouri Trappers Assoc.).

4)  If a Seller “No Sales” all fur, he must pay a No-Sale fee of $5.00

5)  Seller must accompany and handle her/his fur through the entire process.  The seller is responsible to verify the count and is also to make sure the paperwork accompanies the fur during the sale.

6)  If a seller represents another individual, they must have written verification in            order to receive a check in behalf of that individual (if a person must leave the sale before his or her lot is reached, he/she may designate in writing someone to represent him/her).

7)  No buyer may remove purchased fur from the building until sellers have been paid by that buyer (green fur may still have to be removed heated buildings due to prevent spoilage of green hides).  This will be determined at the time of sale.  All buyers must settle all accounts and have paid for all fur before leaving the premises.

8)  All buying and selling of merchandise other than fur is prohibited on the grounds. All fur that is consigned via the ITA will be offered and sold by the ITA.  No side trading or sales or parking lot deals will be allowed.  If this happens, both parties will be asked to leave and not return.

9)  All furs must be registered on a recreational hunting or trapping license.

Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe

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