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Fur, Myths and Hats
February 16, 2011
Outdoorsmen have been wearing fur hats for as long as anyone can remember. But have you ever wondered wondered about the process of transforming a coyote into a hat? Well the
Fur Harvesters Auction
can help. The Auction is a clearinghouse of fur trapping and trading knowledge. They can help you grade the quality of your pelts and learn more about the industry in general. Here are some myths about fur that the Fur Harvesters Auction has dispelled along with some of the more creative takes on fur hat fashion.
Wildlife populations are endangered by the fur trade.
No furbearing species is endangered or threatened by fur trapping. This is assured by national and international regulations.
Fur trapping is "uncontrolled."
Trappers in Canada are licensed and, in most jurisdictions, pay royalties to the government for the furs they take. Trapping is monitored by government biologists and furbearer managers who set trapping seasons and, where necessary, specific harvesting quotas.
Nothing has been done to assure that humane trapping methods are used.
Canada is the world leader in humane trap research and development. The Fur Institute is presently administering an on-going program designed to identify and develop the most humane trapping systems possible for each of the fur-bearing species taken in Canada.
Trapping methods haven't changed for 300 years.
As a result of humane trap research and development over the past decades, quick-killing traps and "sets" are now available for over ninety percent of the furbearers taken in this country. Most of the new trap designs have been submitted by trappers themselves. Trapper education courses are ensuring that trappers everywhere learn to use the most advanced techniques.
Animals suffer on fur farms.
As any pet owner knows, the condition of an animal's coat is one of the clearest indications of the care it is receiving. A fur farmer's livelihood depends upon assuring that his animals receive the best possible feeding, sanitary housing and care. Killing methods used on fur farms are similar to those commonly used in humane society shelters.
No one needs the income from fur trapping anymore.
The fur trade provides income for thousands of people in rural and remote regions where, often, there is little alternative paid employment. This is especially true for many northern First Nation and Inuit communities. Even when the amount of money earned from trapping seems relatively small, this money may be used to pay for equipment and supplies for subsistence hunting activities which provide considerable food, though no money. It is often said that money is the scarcest "natural resource" for people still dependent upon a land-based economy.
Today synthetics could be substituted for furs.
Perhaps, but synthetics are generally made from petroleum products which are non-renewable resources and not biodegradable. From an environmental perspective, as long as trapping is well regulated, it is far preferable to use natural furs. Fur is renewable, long lasting, biodegradable and it is warmer than any synthetic product.
It takes a unique sort of person to pull off a fur hat in hunting camp. Here are some creative attempts.
The classic redfox hat. Business in the front ...
… party in the back.
At least her head will be warm.
The hats worn by British Grenadier Guards are made out of bear fur. Don't laugh ... the Grenadier Gaurds are one of the higher positions in the British military.
Fur hats have always held a special place in pop culture.
Yep, that's a bear hat. My guess is that this guy is Canadian.
Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens thought she was on to a new trend with this hat. Little did she know that outdoorsmen have been wearing fur hats for hundreds of years.
What kind of guy wears a wolf hat? The same kind of guy who wears an Okland Raiders jacket in public.
This hat is from the 1800s and was worn by Europeans. Believe it or not, it's made from beaver pelt. Photo:
This is not a traditional fur hat, but it is made of felted beaver fur.
This sort of hat enjoyed popularity in Europe from the 1500s to the 1800s.
This man's fur hat was imported from Europe. The women however, are from Minnesota.
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