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Registered: Jul 2003
Then and Now.
I'm going to use 1978 as a base point. That's when I could drive and go by myself. We could get an average of $20-$25 per hide. At 3 coon per night, that would be $60-$75 per night in coon hides (some nights were better, some nights worse). That's in my territory.
1978 CPI = 65.2
2022 CPI = 294.4
2022 CPI of 294.4 divided by 1978 CPI of 65.2 = Approx. 4.5.
Now, multiply that 4.5 x the $60-$75 per night in coon hide money. In todays dollars, that would amount to: $270-337.50 per night in coon hide money for the same 3 coon per night. That's $90 - 112.50 per hide.
So, let's split the difference and say it would be $100 per hide in todays dollars. Now, they are worth basically nothing.
If coonhide prices had kept pace with inflation, you'd see a lot more kids and adults hunting today. Yep, they'd even sacrifice their video games!!!
One or two good weeks of hide hunting would make you more than almost all of the PKC Money Winning leaders of today, and you would not have entry fees to deduct from the winnings!!!
There was A LOT more money in the game back then!!!
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