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What are some of the rules of selling animal pelts?

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The rules concerning the sale of animal pelts vary by state, but in Texas, the only people who can sell them legally are licensed trappers, wholesale fur dealers or fur-bearing animal propagators. Once the fur product is finished, anyone can sell it, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Texas also limits the buying of pelts for resale to wholesale fur retailers, explains the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Other consumers can only purchase fur-bearing animals and their pelts for their personal use. State law allows trappers to sell pelts of nonliving animals taken during commercial harvest and wholesalers to buy such pelts at any time.

Before a bobcat pelt is transported outside of Texas, it must have a tag, warns the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. While these tags are free, dealers who fail to follow the rules regarding them cannot renew their license.

In Arkansas, residents must have a state hunting license to sell furs, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Buying or reselling pelts requires either a resident or a nonresident fur dealer permit. The commission makes an exception for Arkansas residents purchasing pelts for their own personal use. Trappers may also qualify for a bounty on beavers through the ANRC Beaver Control Program.

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