December Fur Table
About the Fur Table
The Thompson Fur Table was one of several such events initiated in late 1970's by provincial staff to provide northern trappers with a unique opportunity to get better prices for their raw pelts. The two day Table is traditionally held a week or so before Christmas and has had over 300 trappers attend. It has been the only such event in Canada and is now organized by the Manitoba Trappers Association.
Up to 5 licensed fur dealers gather annually in one hall and inspect each trapper’s lot of fur. Each dealer provides a quote for the lot and the trapper selects the best price. In this way the trapper benefits from the on-sit4e competitive demand for their furs.
The December timing of the Fur Table also allows families from all over the north to meet with distant friends, learn about new furbearer harvest and management techniques, and do some shopping before returning to their communities. Hundreds of thousand of dollars are injected into the local economy.
2013 Fur Table - December (dates to TBA)
The 2013 Thompson Fur Table will be held in December (watch for dates TBA). To contribute to the festive atmosphere for trappers and visitors, northern crafters of fur and leather goods are encouraged to attend and book a table at the hall.
Approved humane traps and supplies will be available from MTA Trap Sales at competitive prices. For more information on the Fur Table please contact the MTA
Oswald Hudson Memorial Award
Manitoba Conservation annually presents the Oswald Hudson Memorial Award to a trapper who has demonstrated excellence in trapping and fur handling.
In 2011 the trapper selected was Bryan Lundie of Cranberry Portage.
- In December of 2004 232 trappers realized a total of $497,408 for the pelts that they sold or consigned at the fur table.
- 2010 brought a late freeze up followed by stormy travel conditions during the fur table. However, 122 trappers attended, and received $155,216 for their efforts.
- For 2012 the 207 trappers at the Fur Table realized an average of $683,559 for their furs, the highest dollar value in the past 30 year of this event. A total of 6875 Marten brought excellent prices.