On November 14th
of this year, I was invited to the Iowa Governor’s Pheasant Hunt in Carroll County. There were approximately 50 hunters who made the
trip resulting in the harvest of over 100 birds. Thanks to “Pheasant’s Forever”
for the promotion of this hunt. We were able to issue a check to the local
chapter for more than $10,000. These were all wild birds and we appreciated
the hospitality of local land owners.
I want to talk to you this month about why we don’t have a good pheasant population which I think is a result of the lack of trappers, insecticides and pesticide problems with the row crops.
However, due to the fact that pheasants are on short supply, I feel all the problems are that the insecticides and pesticides have been put on all the row crops and have affected our pheasant and quail as the DDT affected the eagles.
Also, other problems with the lack of pheasants is that there are fewer trappers. For your information, I am a life-time member of the Iowa Trappers Association and attended the 49th annual National Trappers Association Convention in Mason City from August 7th - 10th of this year. Consequently, I receive the Trappers and Predator’s magazine from the National Trappers Association and the following is a quote taken from that magazine on the prices of Iowa furs.
BEAVER: Northern section blankets at tops of $18 to $22, with southern section goods at $10 to $14 if large, super clean and fully furred and well finished. Most will be hatters.
MUSKRAT: Prices for good winters are expected to top at $2 to $2.50; some well-handled XL collections of good winters slightly higher.
WILD MINK: XL males at o tops of $8 to $10, females slightly better than half.
RED FOX: XL’s in the range of $14 to $16 for most.
GRAY FOX: Top prices in the range of $16 to $18 for Southern sections. Northern goods at $20 to $22. Buyers will be speculating and cautious.
RACCOON: Lite semi-heavies XXXL, XXL and XL I’s and II’s from Southern section expected to be trading at $8 to $10 tops. Northern section semi-heavies at $12 to $14 tops for finished pelts. Wet averages running around $8. Discount $3 to $4 for wet goods. Off colors and small sizes will see deep discounts. Buying selective.
COYOTE: The best trading at $10 and $12; and then only if bellies are clear white and fully furred. A few Northern section may see $15, but they will be rare. Very tight grade, market flooded with low-grade carryovers.”
Thank you for all your phone calls and emails to my law office. You may contact me personally by calling me at (515) 283-2330 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have A Good Hunt And Keep On Fishing!
a/k/a Ron Kuntz