The laws regarding the ownership/sale of animal parts are often unclear and are, at best, extremely confusing. Unfortunately even well intentioned infractions can land you with HUGE fines and criminal charges!

These laws were created to ensure a sustainable industry and to protect the lives of animals so please give them the respect they deserve. This is a digital age and any wildlife crime you commit leaves a papertrail. #CollectResponsibly

The exact laws vary by nation/state/province, but for Canadian collectors here are a few handy pointers:

-IT IS A CRIME to buy and sell North American migratory and predatory birds! Even personal ownership of these parts requires permits (if they even allow that). There are several dealers, especially in Quebec, who ignore these rules. Both the buyer and seller can face criminal charges/fines! Don’t believe any lies told to make a quick buck - there is a continental treaty.

-IT IS A CRIME in Ontario to buy and sell parts of any game animal that exists in our province. It doesn’t matter if the deer taxidermy (or any other antler/animal part) was shot in Quebec, Nova Scotia, etc - if the species is found in Ontario it is illegal. Antique stores are often ignorant or turn a blind eye, but these laws have been proven to reduce the rates of poaching.

-IT IS A CRIME to export any British Columbia wildlife without a provincial export permit! These permits can easily take a month to secure and can cost over $50. If BC vendors are shipping you local animal parts and you don’t receive a copy of the permit, you have likely just received smuggled  (if not poached) goods. The penalties are severe. Demand an export permit!

-IT IS A CRIME to transport marine mammal parts between provinces without applying for a license. Even Inuit hunted items require specific documentation to be legally exported out of the north.

-IT CAN BE A CRIME to import or export animal parts across our national boundaries. All Canadian wildlife require permits and many of the world’s species fall under various restrictions/the CITES convention. Poaching is fueled primarily by buyers who turn a blind eye. Endangered/threatened species can die by your hands.


Nope! It’s just the most life-like taxidermied animals!

Putting out some new vial specimens today! Snake ribs, coyote claws, mole feet, fox bones and horse teeth! All vials are only $5 each!

anonymous asked:

What is a good resource to find out how much pelts/taxidermy/bones should cost? Your post reminded me how I sometimes see stuff at antique shops, flea markets, etc but don't know if I'm being overcharged. Thanks!

Oh god I’m sorry Anon, I forgot to answer this a week ago, I think this one popped up around my birthday so didn’t have a chance to answer! D:

Taxidermy, bones, pelts and so on is a tricky matter of figure out pricing.  Its actually more of something that you kinda need to surf various websites and collect data on how much people are selling them and whatnot.  Its taken me years to get to that point but it not difficult if you look around the right places!

Fur I would say that fur market prices are a huge factor on pelt prices, whether its going to be a mountable pelt or not.  Look a re fur market prices does kinda help but most part I rely on taxidermist selling their hides to understand value.  

  • Ex. Nice Northeastern coyote pelt as a wallhanger tanned can fetch anywhere from $80 to $130 depending on quality, size, color and other factors.  For a mountable quality one, raw/salted price I’d be looking at close to $100 but varies seller to seller.

Taxidermy I usually factor the cost of supplies along with how much I think the labor was to mount it.  Obviously older mounts depending on their condition factors how much they go for.

  • Ex. A freshly mounted Whitetail deer that we’ll say a decent 8 pointer, Probably would be worth around $650 to $800 depend on the pose, how well mounted it is and the antlers.  Meanwhile a Corsican Ram I bought for a friend at a taxidermy auction I paid $190.  He had nice horns and actually for age we was in good shape barring a few cracks but overall got him for a steal.  In new condition he likely would have been the same price for a freshly mount deer.

Bones, it can heavily vary because of people’s cleaning techniques and how much labor is involved to clean a skull for example.  Can say common animals go for cheaper usually and anything that you know will be hard to get will sell more.  Another factor is pathological issues on bones since those are something that is unique for an animal.

  • Ex. Coyote skulls on average go around $20 to $30 for what I’ve seen.  Other with pathological issues like extra teeth or healed injuries easily can go for $40 to $60 depending on the pathological issue.  Now say I have a genuine Coydog skull, that easily something I could sell for $50 to $100 depending on the skull.  Really bones are more a tricky matter to price and sadly it not something I’m very verse on.

I will say a lot of times that antique shops, flea markets, etc are in fact notorious for overcharging on anything dead related.  I think it just stems for the fact these people running the shops never asked to get a value on items they are selling from an actual taxidermist/collector?  I feel like those people can tell you how much an item is worth.  Its probably why a lot of the shops have such a hard time turning over those items because most people like me for example are pretty verse on values of dead things and that dingy old red fox pelt is not worth the $250 you are asking for it.

I hope that helps you out! 

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