Arizona Trappers Association January 2015 Report

President — Ron Day, 1102 E Morrow Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85024; 928-300-8684; rlday1@cox.net

Vice President — Scott Trowbridge, PO Box 1847, Chinle, AZ 86503; 928-674-5683;
strow@operamail.com

Treasurer — Cheyvonne Nelson, PO Box 1847, Chinle, AZ 86503; 928-674-5683

Recording Secretary — Lewis Hume, PO Box 514, Ashfork, AZ 86320; 928-606-3450;
lewishume@aol.com

Membership Secretary — Leslie Weger, PO Box 778, Seligman, AZ 86337; 928-713-0205;
atamembershipsecretary@yahoo.com

Fur Auction Manager — Mike Huffer, PO Box 11474, Scottsdale, AZ 85271; 480-970-5904;
mhwildlife1@yahoo.com

Membership Options:

• Adult membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Junior (under 16) with subscription — $20

• Family membership with subscription — $35

• Oldtimer membership with subscription — $75

• Lifetime membership with subscription — $275

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

ATA, Membership Secretary

Leslie D. Weger

P.O. Box 778

Seligman, AZ 86337

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Trappers,

We should be well into the trapping season by the time you read this. My thumbs are numb and my hands cracked and bleeding for putting up fur and I still have a few hours to go for this week. The predator numbers state wide still look down and the fur market is a gamble at best.

Fur prep. What can I say that I haven’t said a dozen times before? Please invest in instructional DVDs, personal instruction or get a veteran trapper to mentor you. If your fur averages aren’t average or above the state averages, you are throwing money away. Using poor fur quality as an excuse is just that, an excuse.

With the high number of small cats and female cats at last year’s fur sale, I am starting to wonder if anyone reads this column. If you are overharvesting females and kittens, you will not be in business long. Please use some maturity and common sense in your harvesting strategy.

Please give Mike Huffer a call (480) 970-5904 with your fur count prior to the ATA sale in Globe. There will be some changes to this year’s sale. Mike should have the details finalized by the time you call in your numbers. As always, any volunteer help would be GREATLY appreciated. For anyone complaining about last year’s prices, this would be a golden opportunity to see firsthand why some fur is worth more than others.

Brent Parker is again chairing the ATA convention for 2015. He is also looking for assistance and input or suggestions.

I would like to thank Leslie Weger again for her continued work keeping the membership in order and me on task.

My contact information is public record. If you have any suggestion, comments or complaints, feel free to give me a call. If I am not on the trapline, I will try to answer.

I have fur to put up. Until next time. — Scott Trowbridge

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