Everybody on this site is into catch and release of critters, especially coon, but these days skinning and drying (the hides) not only saves your birds, but also can make you a pretty penny. For coon it can be a pain to scrape the fat off of them, but with practice, the whole process of skinning to stretcher takes an hour or less. And why not? Last year, I got $74 for one coon! In my parts, there are fur buyers that even take critters on the carcass; weasel, mink, muskrat, beaver, coon, fox, coyote. Mind you, they pay less for them, but they still pay you for something you don't need, and would have otherwise buried. Do yourself a favor and read up on this fun and profitable activity that was American before the existence of the US. Odds are most of you already have a trap or two in your arsenal. As they say, The best defense is a good offense. Happy trapping.