Prime Fur Bonus Program
The bonus provides an incentive to deliver high quality well-handled pelts for sale. A Prime Fur Bonus is paid to trappers following successful market performance. If a trapper’s fur sells for an amount equal to or greater than the guaranteed advance received, the trapper may be entitled to receive a Prime Fur Bonus payment. It provides an incentive to deliver high quality, well-handled pelts.
Who is eligible?
- Individuals who hold a valid NWT General Hunting License, Special Trapping License, and/or beneficiaries of NWT land claims, who are residents in the NWT, are eligible for benefits under the Prime Fur Bonus program.
How do I receive the Prime Fur bonus?
- Bring your furs to your local Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) office.
- Register in the ENR database.
- If the furs sell at auction for either equal to or more than the guaranteed advance, you may be eligible for a Prime Fur bonus. A check will then be sent in the mail.
How is the Prime Fur Bonus Calculated?
The amount is pre-determined by anticipated market performace for each of the accepted furs.
What is the difference in fur quality?
Good Quality Fur:
- Prime and clean.
- Good dense fur coverage.
- Well-handled, boarded clean leather and minor scars.
- Bear, wolf, and wolverine must have claws, pads, intact and lips, eyes, and ears prepared to taxidermy standards.
Poor Quality Fur:
- Not prime, rubbed.
- Flat fur, poor coverage.
- Poorly handled and/or over stretched.
- Stained fur (greasy) and leather stale (yellowed) or green leather.
Bear, Beaver, Coyote, Fox, Lynx, Marten, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, Squirrel, Seal, Weasel, Wolf, Wolverine.