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Bobcat pelts bring higher prices 

            Fur buyers recently gathered in Chandler to attend the first of two fur auctions hosted by the First Oklahoma Trappers and Predator Callers Association.

            Fur prices are on the rise this year, with bobcat pelts bringing an average of $50 and a high of $110. Coyotes were also up with an average of $15 and a high of $25. Grey fox averaged out at $11 with a high of $13.

Hunters and trappers will have one more chance to sell their bounty this year. The second auction will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Creek County Fairgrounds near Sapulpa at the intersection of Route 66 and SH 33.

The event will begin at 8 a.m., and the auction will start at 9 a.m. The building will also be open the day before the sale from 2 - 5 p.m. for dealer set-ups and for harvesters to store furs.

To participate in the auction, sellers must have a current Oklahoma trapping and hunting license. Sellers must also be members of the First Oklahoma Trappers and Predator Callers Association. Furs may be stretched and dried or "green." All bobcat pelts must be affixed with an export tag before they can be sold or shipped. Personnel from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will be present to provide tags, if necessary.

In addition, sellers who bring furs that belong to another person must possess that person's hunting and trapping license, as well as a letter signed by that person authorizing the seller to sell his or her fur.

Likewise, fur buyers are required to possess an Oklahoma fur buyer's permit in order to purchase unprocessed fur. For more information, contact Bill Jackson or Dee Jackson at (918) 336-8154. 



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