Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

Prime Fur Bonus Program

What is the Prime Fur Bonus Program?

The Prime Fur Bonus Program, part of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program, provides an incentive to deliver high quality well-handled pelts and beaver castors for sale. A Prime Fur Bonus is paid to trappers following successful market performance. If a trapper’s fur or castor 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 and castors.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals who hold a valid Northwest Territories (NWT) General Hunting License, Special Trapping License, and/or are 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 and/or castors to your local Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) office.
  • Register in the ENR database.
  • If the furs or castors sell at auction for either equal to or more than the guaranteed advance, you may be eligible for a Prime Fur bonus. A cheque will then be sent in the mail.

How is the Prime Fur Bonus calculated?

  • The amount is pre-determined by anticipated market performance 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

What is the difference in castor quality?

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.

For more information on harvesting and preparing beaver castors, please see Trapper Reference Sheet

What is accepted?

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