By: Bears Butt


A great day in store for us today…rat grading day!  The weather isn’t as nice as it was yesterday, but we can tuck ourselves inside a garage and stay dry and relatively warm.  The temp is supposed to be in the low 50’s, that’s better than low 40’s…gotta admit that!  Cut the wind and all is well.  Besides we will be busy sorting and bull crapping each other with our theories and such.

Yesterday I talked with another trapper who caught around 400 rats this Spring.  He was asking about the selling price of rats that I have heard was being sold and what I recommend he do with his rats.  My recommendation to him was to ask $10 straight through and to freeze them until next year if he didn’t get that amount.

He is OK with that as the money he gets from the rats he catches is just used as his slush fund to buy things outside the household budget and by stockpiling this years catch he would have twice as many to bargain with next year.  Again I cautioned him about the international political scene and the impacts that could have on the price paid for rats.  By that I mean, if the U.S. puts sanctions on Russia for whatever reason, then the Chinese will have to watch how and where they deal with the Russians as well.  And since the bulk of the finished fur products that China produces goes to Russia, that would directly impact the demand for furs the Chinese would want…thus buying price goes down.

Then again, the Chinese aren’t the only buyers of raw furs, the Greeks and others also buy them and perhaps with the Chinese out of the picture those smaller countries just might pick up the pace and buy the furs at a even higher price than the Chinese have been buying them…just not in the volume as the Chinese….It’s all speculation and nobody really knows how things are going to go.

HEY!  Are any of you restaurant owners is need of some Muskrat bodies?  I’ll even clean them before I sell them to you!  McDonalds?  Taco Bell?  Carls’ Jr.?  Wendys?  Ho Duk Mein?

Muskrat is much more rich in protein and assorted other nutrients than is cat….just sayin.

Basic Report:  17175, Game meat, muskrat, cooked, roasted

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Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion

Nutrient Unit
Value per 100 g


piece, cooked (yield from 1 lb raw meat, boneless)
Water g 55.58 47.24 173.97
Energy kcal 234 199 732
Protein g 30.09 25.58 94.18
Total lipid (fat) g 11.74 9.98 36.75
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fiber, total dietary g 0.0 0.0 0.0
Calcium, Ca mg 36 31 113
Iron, Fe mg 7.10 6.04 22.22
Magnesium, Mg mg 26 22 81
Phosphorus, P mg 271 230 848
Potassium, K mg 320 272 1002
Sodium, Na mg 95 81 297
Zinc, Zn mg 2.27 1.93 7.11
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 7.0 6.0 21.9
Thiamin mg 0.080 0.068 0.250
Riboflavin mg 0.710 0.603 2.222
Niacin mg 7.190 6.111 22.505
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.470 0.399 1.471
Folate, DFE µg 11 9 34
Vitamin B-12 µg 8.30 7.06 25.98
Vitamin A, RAE µg 0 0 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 0 0 0
Cholesterol mg 121 103 379

Sorry:  No data on “cat”…….

Bears Butt

March 26, 2014

Written on March 26th, 2014 , Daily Trapping Events

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    Bones commented

    That is why there are no muskrats in Florida, they call them swamp rabbits!!

    March 26, 2014 at 9:10 am
    Bears Butt commented

    Check out this interesting and funny article:

    It’s a good one!

    Bears Butt

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