That was a weekends (2 nights) catch on the Duck River.
We would take off work on a Friday and hit the river at daylight setting traps... set all day and finish our float (14 mile stretch) after dark... We would get out around 150 good coon and rat sets that first day. Then on Saturday morning would run that stretch, collect what we caught and reset what needed resetting... and then set more traps on the rest of that stretch until dark at the end of that second day (Saturday).. At the end of that second day we would have out around 250 good coon and rat sets... and then on Sunday morning... we ran that entire stretch and collected all the fur, pulled all the traps, stakes, etc... and came home (took a nice Picture) and skinned critters for hours.
1987 was about the end of the fur hay days... the prices really dropped that year, and the next year fur was nearly worthless.
In TN you could only trap coon during the month of December.
In 1987 we ran the Duck River like that on 3 weekends (the other weekend the river was up and falling hard, so could not set)... but on those 3 weekends that we did get to trap... we caught 101 coons and 67 rats... + lots of other critters, mink, fox, bobcat, possum and beaver.
Posting the pictures of the other 2 weekends catches below.
Many of the guns that I own now were bought with seng and fur money from back in those days...
In 1979 I was a senior in high school.. after school I would go and set traps for a hour or two after school, then early the next morning run them before school and collect my fur and skin it and then go to school.
Good Coons were bringing 18-24 dollars, mink 35.00, possum 3-4 dollars, musk rats 5.00, bobcat (nice male) 110.00.
Best I remember those days we sold a pound of dry seng for 250.00-300.00.
That big haul of coon we caught in 1987, the price really dropped that year and we got a 7.00 average on those 101 coons (made us sick)... My partner did not want to sell, but I did not want to freeze them and keep them another year, so we did sell at that price. The next year 1988... you could not even sell a coon pelt. It is a good thing we sold them at that 7.00 price.
Very cool story tnhunter, there is something that is so gratifying about reaping the rewards of a harvest no matter how big or small. I just love being in the mountains, and making a little profit while doing it is hard to beat. Thanks for sharing!