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