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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri Trappers Association hosts fur auction at fairgrounds

Saturday, January 28, 2012 | 10:38 p.m. CST; updated 11:28 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Trappers Association held its first 2012 fur auction Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. A variety of pelts including fox, raccoon, bobcats and skunks were up for auction.

Trapper from all over the Midwest came to auction their animal skins, such as this bobcat. One buyer roughly estimated that he would spend more than $30,000 at the auction.
Buyers and browsers look over pelts while waiting for the Boone County Fur Auction to begin Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Buyers from across the Midwest came to bid on a variety of animal skins, including raccoons, bobcats, foxes, minks, coyotes and muskrats.
Rodney Schabacker prepares to check another lot of raccoon pelts on Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Schabacker works for the Central States Fur Corporation in Aurora, Iowa, and planned to purchase beaver and coyote skins in addition to raccoon skins.
A rack of raccoon pelts is wheeled off at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Lots ranged from as few as one pelt to more than 250 animal skins.
Chad Bittle, 8, watches as Devin Lepper, 7, imitates one of the fox skins he is photographing on Saturday. The boys were browsing the animal pelts as they waited to see the Winter Nationals Monster Truck Spectacular at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Fox pelts wait to be auctioned at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Buyers from all over the Midwest came to purchase various animal furs.

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