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 Post subject: Beaver castor
PostPosted: 15 Jan 2013, 17:48 
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When drying beaver castor, how do you know when it done? How dry do you get it? What do you do with it when it is dry? How do you store it? Never done this before, so, I need all the help if can get.


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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When I worked for a lure maker, Fuller Laugeman, Mt. Big Sky Lures, he'd buy castor in 5 gal. buckets. He had wires stretched horizontally across ceiling in his basement. I'd hang them, having to reach up as I did. Before the chore was over I had castor running down my arms and into my armpits.. loved it ! :mrgreen: Anyway he'd let them dry till they were shriveled up and sort of crusty to the touch. Then he'd put them back in the container they came in and take them out as needed. I don't recall every seeing any mold.

darn,, I forgot I wasnt going to post for a while, sort of embarrassing to see my name on so many posts. Like some sort of invasion ! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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Musselshellgal wrote:
When I worked for a lure maker, Fuller Laugeman, Mt. Big Sky Lures, he'd buy castor in 5 gal. buckets. He had wires stretched horizontally across ceiling in his basement. I'd hang them, having to reach up as I did. Before the chore was over I had castor running down my arms and into my armpits.. loved it ! :mrgreen: Anyway he'd let them dry till they were shriveled up and sort of crusty to the touch. Then he'd put them back in the container they came in and take them out as needed. I don't recall every seeing any mold.

darn,, I forgot I wasnt going to post for a while, sort of embarrassing to see my name on so many posts. Like some sort of invasion ! :mrgreen:


Thanks for the info. So you dont have to freeze them when dried or anything?? Just put them in a container?


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
PostPosted: 15 Jan 2013, 18:13 
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If you plan on selling your castor to market( fur auction house) dry them for 4 days and then put into freezer bag and put in freezer. Remove from freezer about 3 days before you ship to let them thaw and get rid of any moisture from freezer. The longer they dry the less weight you will have. Last year castor was paying $60.00 a pound. 4 nice full castor got you a pound.


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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wolf1199 wrote:
If you plan on selling your castor to market( fur auction house) dry them for 4 days and then put into freezer bag and put in freezer. Remove from freezer about 3 days before you ship to let them thaw and get rid of any moisture from freezer. The longer they dry the less weight you will have. Last year castor was paying $60.00 a pound. 4 nice full castor got you a pound.


Dang!! I had no clue that stuff was worth that much.


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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I use onion bags so air can circulate and store them in glass jars after they are completely dry.
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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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wolf1199 wrote:
If you plan on selling your castor to market( fur auction house) dry them for 4 days and then put into freezer bag and put in freezer. Remove from freezer about 3 days before you ship to let them thaw and get rid of any moisture from freezer. The longer they dry the less weight you will have. Last year castor was paying $60.00 a pound. 4 nice full castor got you a pound.


Is castor still gonna be worth that much? With more beavers being caught because the value of the beaver pelt went up won't that decrease the value of castor? I hope it doesn't. I sent a few pounds to NAFA.

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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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Westside i called my buyer who takes my castor as well as buys from the auction house. He is paying $45.00 for #1 castors a pound. $30.00 a pound for #2 castor and $20.00 a pound for #3 castor. Down from last year but good enough to unload all my castor.


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2013, 20:59 
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I had read it was predicted to be down to around 25 a pound...we will see. lots more guys beaver trapping, especially if beaver breaks 30-35 bucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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How much castor do you have wannab?


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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calebmatthews wrote:
How much castor do you have wannab?

Not a lot, 1 1/2 pounds right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
PostPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:43 
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I have a grocery sack full in the freezer.....have never sold any.

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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
PostPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 13:03 
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This is what i took out of freezer today. Will ship on Monday.

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 Post subject: Re: Beaver castor
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wolf1199 wrote:
This is what i took out of freezer today. Will ship on Monday.

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Holly crap!! It would take me 3 years to skin that many beaver, and 4 more to flesh them!!!! I fleshed 2 today in about 3.5hrs. I'm getting better. LOL


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