i have an old ”porcupine hair wanted” ad on powwows. com. its been there since 06. i am always looking for more porcupine hair, cant make roaches without it. i finally got a response about the ad. someone has 20 ounces of porky hair. we are working out a business arrangement. the guy gets that much hair every year. i said i could buy that much every year. i dont deal with the indian supply houses. they buy it low from guys like him then mark it up and sell it to guys like me. i cut the middle man out. then i can pass the savings on.
i buy all my hair from individuals. i have a deal with these two guys that are trappers. i used to get some from this lady in montana. bought from her for a few years, but havent heard from her. they sell all that they get directly to me. they dont pull the long hair out. i pay more than the supply houses. we both get a better deal.
i buy hair in quantity, usually by the pound. i thought that out of that much hair you would get some long hair. wrong. i bought a pound of hair from a place in south dakota. didnt get much long hair. another time i was in washington state and bought a pound of hair. that place said they pull all the long hair out and sell it for a higher price. then they send the rest to that place in south dakota i bought from. so the stuff i bought already had the long hair pulled out.
i bought hair from some of the supply houses advertised as guaranteed to be long for $60 an ounce. some of it is. but most of it aint. so you pay more for it but dont really get what they advertise. a typical roach may take an ounce and a half. so thats $90 worth of hair. that cost has to be passed on to the buyer.
i have bought from ebay. bad deal. some advertise hair as being up to a certain length when only a few hairs are that long. then the bidders drive the price up. you end up paying more than what it is worth.
there have been a few times when i was on a road trip when i spotted some porky carcasses on the roadside. i pulled over faster than you could say ‘per cap’. i would be pulling the hair as cars whizzed by. some would stare at me, but i didnt care. i was scoring some hair. and it cost me nothing.
now and then i get requests for a 24″ roach with 10″ hair in front. yeah right. if they only knew what it took to accumulate enough hair of that length. probably several pounds of hair. you would have to be real tight with the roachmaker to get that kind of deal.
i am always looking for more sources for quality porcupine hair. so far i have been lucky in finding it. over the years i have paid my dues. i bought alot of hair. paid more than some was worth. i buy enough hair that i dont have to sell inferior roaches. like you see in the kit roaches. thats a good scam. it is far better to buy it from a good roach maker. then you get a better roach.