That's a bit harsh coming from somebody who knows nothing about the Australian fur trade and how it worked and how the fur buyers wanted them pegged out. Some of the foxes we've shot this Winter have been the size of Cattle dogs with coats that are very thick and in good times would've fetched big money.
Our Winter skin season starts around April and ends around the end of July when the foxes start pairing up and although we don't get -20 degree nights our skins are still valued around the skin trade for coats etc. We only have the European Red Fox here in Australia and the better skins come from the Eastern side of Australia more so in the alpine type country. The foxes from the Western plains are the same fox but smaller in size.
Our prices were killed by the animal lib wankers back in the '90's and have never recovered. The market used to support skin prices up to and including $60 per pelt but up to this season the they averaged around $13 - $15 per pelt.
Talking to a mate at the pub yesterday afternoon after work and he told me that the prices this season had jumped to $28 per pelt which is definitely worth chasing but the season is now finished.
Like Jagermeister during Summer we shoot them for control but in Winter for profit...............well we used to anyway.
If the prices start off above $25 next season I'll be getting stuck into them real quick.