TFHA will host two fur sales again for this season.
The locations have been changed due to increase in fur brought to the sales and bigger buildings are needed to help give everyone more room.
Crossville Tn March 7th
Crossville sale will be held at the National Guard Armory.
The address is 144 Sparta Hwy
Crossville Tn, 38572
It is across the Hwy from Tractor Supply.
Morristown TN March 14th
(Bulls Gap Sale)
We moved this sale to Morristown due to the lack of room needed for the increasing size of this sale.
Morristown sale will be held at the National Guard Armory
All sales will begin around 10:00 am (in the time zone they're in)
Doors will open at 8am for buyers and sellers to get set up.
To reserve a table at these sales contact Debbie Ross-Smith @ 423-710-5300 2 weeks prior to sales. (Feb 21st for Crossville and Feb 28th for Morristown) Beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST.
The dates stated for call-ins are the first date that you can call and reserve a table....But you can call any day after that up till the day of the sale.
Please note: If you do not reserve a table, you will be considered a "walk-in" and will be at the end of the line on a first come first serve basis.
All otter and bobcats must have the CITES tag on each pelt. Generally there are TWRA officers at the sale to tag pelts, but it is recommended that the pelts be tagged before you come to the auction. Saves time and in case an officer can't make it, you will still be able to sale the pelts.
You may bring your fur in Green (skinned only), the round (whole animal), or put up (completely finished). Fur put up generally brings the best price, providing its put up correctly.
For those of you that bring in green fur, to capitalize on the best price, make sure the fur is thawed, dry (not soppy wet), clean (not muddy or bloody) and brushed (remove debris and burrs). Do not thaw your fur any sooner than the minimum time needed to thaw it. By that I mean, if the sale is on Saturday, don't get your fur thawing a week ahead of time. Generally it takes about 24-48 hours to thaw most furs, depending on how you froze them, i.e. in a ball or laying flat, and the temperature at which you are thawing it.
For fur in the round, this will bring less money than anything. If at all possible do not bring your fur in this way. Taxidermy specimens excluded.
Fur that is put up gives the seller the best option for several reasons. Fur buyers can only handle so much green fur. They buy hundreds of pieces like this at the sales and meeting other trappers in various locations, and in order for this fur to not spoil due to freezing and thawing multiple times, it has to be put up right away. This is one of the main reasons green fur at sales bring less than put up. Put up fur also gives you the option of a no sale and taking it home (and if its green, you don't want to have to take it back and re freeze it yourself), or sending it to a national auction house.
33,000 in fur sold
These prices reflect average prices of pelts that were put-up! As soon as I get the results for the Crossville sale I'll post them.
Here are the final results from the Crossville sale
Green beaver 780 avg
Finished beaver 17.38 avg
muskrat 9.37 avg
mink m/f 26.80 / 14.40 avg
possum 1.00 avg
skunk 2.00 avg
reds 41.16 avg
greys 35.71 avg
finished coon 13.78 avg
green coon 8.05 avg
coyote 15.67 avg
bobcat 82.17 avg
otter 82.56 avg
with a "total" sale of approx $46,000
congrats and thanks to everyone that attended and helped out
Thanks goes out to the lady harvesters who kept us feeling good and full.
Also like to thank everyone behind the scenes that helps with the fur sales. The clean up, the work involved during the sale, things like this couldn't get done with out the volunteers help. thanks again.