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North Western Washington fur grades
« on: March 01, 2018, 06:58:51 AM »
I know that our cats and coyotes are not the best but How do western Washington furs typically grade?  Are there significant regional differences within western Washington when it comes to fur quality?

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Re: North Western Washington fur grades
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 12:53:48 PM »
Unbeknownst to many people, western Washington has one of the best muskrats in North America. When I was involved with buying them back in the 70's they were marketed mainly to German buyers (if I'm remembering correctly) as "Fraser Valley Muskrats". They have good quality leather, silvery bellies, dark backs and blue underfur. I used to buy 'rats from some guys who trapped places like Lake Tapps and glacial rivers and their 'rats were always the best; no reddish cast at all, very silver bellies, etc.

Another one of our outstanding furbearers are our river otter, great color and huge size.

Western Washington beaver caught later in the season are really good also; very good color underfur.

Coons from Washington always look good to the uniformed guy grading them. The lower half of the coon near the grading window always looks pretty good, but rapidly changes it's characteristics as you move towards the front shoulders. From semi heavy to flatter coat type coon as you move forward; not good.They do have good color though.

Of coarse everyone knows the story about the west side's legendary cats and coyotes.

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Re: North Western Washington fur grades
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 01:12:45 PM »
My beaver, otter, rats all beat the averages at NAFA or back when they went to SFE. Raccoon, I never did well on.
I kind of feel cats should be roughly split into four groups in WA from bad to best, Coastal, West Cascades, East Cascades and east of the Columbia.

Where do WA marten come out in comparison to others?
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Re: North Western Washington fur grades
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 07:58:06 PM »
Marten from the Cascade and Rocky Mountains and southwest BC are a much different animal than the typical Alaskan and Canadian marten. The only exception would a tiny portion of NE Washington and northern Idaho and a little portion of Montana.

"Our" marten are called Martes caurina whereas the other marten (the much better ones) are Martes americana. Martens came across the Bering land bridge during two separate epochs. The americanas are thought to have come over first, when the land bridge existed at a earlier time, then the caurinas came over during the most recent land bridge epoch.

Our marten are generally of a more uniform color, a little smaller and not as good of fur quality as the Martes americanas, and ours are usually worth about half as much. Regardless our are still pretty fun to catch and are still one of our most beautiful furbearers.


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