Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

Trappers Grubstake Program

What is the Trapper’s Grubstake Program?

The Trapper’s Grubstake Program, part of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program, is designed to provide support and offset some of the start-up costs required at the beginning of the season.

Additional COVID-19 Funding

The GNWT is providing a top-up for grubstake payments to offset the impacts of COVID-19 in 2021-2022.

  • Funding for people who brought in over 20 pelts last season doubles, increasing from $5 to $10 for each pelt.
  • Trappers who brought in fewer than 20 pelts are now eligible, and will receive $5 for each pelt they brought in last season.
  • The cap on the maximum number of pelts has been removed.

Payments will be issued directly to eligible trappers.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals who hold a valid Northwest Territories (NWT) General Hunting Licence, Special Trapping License, and/or beneficiaries of NWT land claims, who are residents in the NWT are eligible for benefits under the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.
  • All NWT trappers are eligible, and as part of the response to COVID-19, the minimum requirement of 20 pelts in sellable condition has been waived for this year. The number of pelts determines the amount provided.

How much is the Trapper’s Grubstake?

  • The amount provided to you is determined by your previous year’s pelt numbers. Unsellable furs are not accepted.

How do I get the Trapper’s Grubstake?

  • Furs must be good quality.
  • You must have registered with Environment and Natural Resources the previous season.
  • Visit your local Environment and Natural Resources office to determine the amount you are eligible for.

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

Accepted furs

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