Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

Prime Fur Bonus Program

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This program offers an incentive to trappers to deliver high quality, well-handled pelts and beaver castors for sale.

A trapper may be entitled to a bonus if their fur or castor sells for an amount equal to or greater than the guaranteed advance that was received.

This program is part of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.

Available Funding

The amount of funding is pre-determined by how well the accepted furs or castors sell.


This program is available all year.


Individuals who hold a valid NWT General Hunting License, Special Trapping License, and/or are beneficiaries of NWT land claims, who are residents in the NWT, are eligible.

The following furs are accepted:

  • Bear
  • Beaver
  • Beaver castors
  • Coyote
  • Ermine
  • Fisher
  • Fox
  • Lynx
  • Marten
  • Mink
  • Muskox
  • Muskrat
  • Otter
  • Squirrel
  • Seal
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine

Pelts need to be in good condition in order to be eligible for consideration.

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

Good quality Castor

  • Intact with no tears
  • Properly dried at between 15-21 degrees for 7 days
  • Stored in a freezer in a paper or onion bag
  • When ready for sale, stored in cardboard or re-hung for 24-48 hours to remove any additional moisture

Poor quality Castor

  • Broken or torn
  • Improperly dried
  • Stored in plastic and allowed to rot. Castors need to breathe. Rotten castors are not saleable and will be declared no-value.

How to apply

  1. Bring your furs to your regional ECC office.
  2. Register in the ECC database.
  3. If the furs sell at auction for either equal to or more than the guaranteed advance, you may be eligible for a bonus. A cheque will then be sent in the mail.

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