Legal FAQ's

Question: I hired a trapper to trap my property and he gave me the raw fur, can I send it in?

Answer: No. The proper way to do this is to have the licensed trapper or wildlife control specialist send the fur to us in his name. Then he may give you the dressed fur and you may pay him for the tanning.

Question: A friend of mine gave me some skins as a gift; may I send them in with his license and information?

Answer: No. The harvester of the wildlife must be the one who sends in the fur. Then he may give you the dressed skins.

Question: I purchased some raw fur and in my state it is not required to have a fur buyer's license if the skins are for personal use; can I send those in?

Answer: No. Although this may be legal in your state, it is against our company policy. We cannot possibly keep track of every exception to every law for every animal in every state. Therefore, we do not accept purchased raw fur unless the client has a fur buyer's license. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Question: If you do not accept purchased raw fur from individuals other than those with a fur buyer's license, how can I have the legally raw fur I purchased for personal use tanned?

Answer: In this case we recommend that you take it to a professional taxidermist in your state that is familiar with the local regulations. He may accept the fur in his logbook, if legal in your state, and then send the raw fur to us by using his qualified client status as a professional taxidermist.

Question: Do I have to send a signed Lacey Act Compliance Statement in with each order, or can I just sign one for all of my shipments?

Answer: You must send a signed statement with each order. This is the only way we can be sure to protect your order in the event of a search by wildlife agencies.

Question: In my state taxidermists are allowed to remove government tags once we inventory the raw hides. So I should be able to send you hides with the tags removed, correct?

Not if your going to ship it out of state, or if it was harvested in another state.

  1. Origen of Wildlife: One must remember that state laws pertain only to animals harvested within the state. For example, if your state law permits you to remove tags from a bobcat once you have inventoried it in your shop, that state statute only pertains to bobcats harvested in your state. So you may not remove a tag from an Idaho bobcat, for example, no matter what your state taxidermy regulations say because the law from Idaho applies even if you are practicing taxidermy in Michigan.
  2. Out of State shipping : While many taxidermy regulations may state that the taxidermist may remove the tags from raw hides once inventoried in the taxidermy shop, that may not hold true if you ship the items out of your shop or out of state. Many states may allow you to remove the tags in your shop; however, these same states may have a regulation requiring a raw fur being shipped out of state to be tagged. If this the case, you have to have a tag on it to ship it out of state, even if you can take the tags of in your shop.
  3. Inter-State Commerce: if you are shipping your items out of state to be tanned, just as a precaution you should never remove the tags because you will be sending it into a state with different regulations and the last thing anyone wants to do is try to explain to a wildlife agent that the skins were harvested in state A, were being mounted in State B, but were sent to a tannery in State C. All these states will have different regulations with different agents enforcing them. So never remove you tags. Secondly, once the skin leaves the state of origin, it is now subject to the jurisdiction of US Fish & Wildlife and the LACEY ACT. Don't mess with either.