Thank You Ewok, its a labor of love, thats for sure. I was glad to finish it all up a few weeks back, but I'd be ready to start again now if it was time, lol That pic is just the cherry picked stuff I sent to Nafa, but havent had conformation yet. Called today and they said they dont have any record of that stuff yet, so I'm getting nervous. THey said they want to give it another week before they go nuts, but said it was a bit unusual. It was sent the end of March.
mud - awesome job on the put up fella! Give yourself a pad on the back for doing such a great job! Coon inspection windows look perfect, skirt are straight, and fleshing is perfect! Beaver are uniform, shiny, and look clean! Minka and rats are top notch as well!
The only thing that i do different, and this is not required but preffered by me, is to cut the ears off the beaver, and the nose/whiskers.
Thank you fellas, I appreciate the kind words...I learned the last couple years though... Our state auction works like this...they do a good job grading IMO, but generally with coon atleast all good xl and up go in one lot. And I've done decent averages on that over the last couple years....18.00 avg in 2010 which I thought was exceptional, but you always look at those handful of exceptional furs going into that large lot and kinda scratch your head...this was my first time shipping those exceptional coon for my area and it payed off..I avgd 14 local on my large lot of "good" ones, but shipped what I though was atleast xxl and good color and avgd 27 on those coon. Live and learn. A plan is definitely taking form for 2012 on how I will approach the season. A couple years back I had about 70 reds and wanted to put a reserve on them and they really didnt want to do it at the state auction. so I withdrew them and shipped and got the avg I wanted to put the reserve on by shipping. That was my first experience with the auction houses. This auction was the first experience with Nafa that i've had vrs fur harvesters. I was worried about maybe the grading and whether someone would tinker with what I sent. once I saw the lotting letter I knew what i was credited with was exactly what I sent..certain furs you can just Identifiy in the lotting letter because they stand out in your memory. I have no doubt that what I was credited for is exactly what I sent.
Still getting the hang of those beavers Chris, Ive only been messing with them for a couple years now, but I'm learning!!
Nevada stretch pertains mostly to cats and it entails leaving the front legs out and pinned forward while flat and bringing the back legs completely together below the belly line to elongate the look of the belly...thats my understanding of the intent anyway...
Post by coondagger2 on Apr 20, 2013 20:42:37 GMT -5
Is it too late to post? this was my first year, had to get some help, did a lot of things wrong, but learned a ton!...only averaged like $9 on coon and $50 for the fox...but the coon are nc coon lol ;D