Arizona Trappers Association November 2011 Report

President — Tony Miller, 6891 N Blackpoint Rd., Pima, AZ 85543; phone: 928-651-5000; e-mail: tntrecycling@yahoo.com

Vice President — Scott Trowbridge, P.O. Box 1847, Chinle, AZ 86503; phone: 928-674-5683; e-mail: strow@operamail.com

Recording Secretary — Mike Huffer, P.O. Box 11474, Scottsdale, AZ 85271; phone: 480-970-5904; e-mail: mjwildlife1@yahoo.com

Treasurer — Mike Hull, P.O. Box 3355, Chinle, AZ 86503; phone: 928-674-3355; e-mail: trapper7772003@yahoo.com

Membership Secretary — Amanda (Seff) Prosser, P.O. Box 4111, Chino Valley, AZ 86323; phone: 928-499-2114; e-mail: atamembershipsecretary@yahoo.com

Fur Auction Manager — Mike Huffer, P.O. Box 11474, Scottsdale, AZ 85271; phone: 480-970-5904;e-mail: mjwildlife1@yahoo.com

Director Computer Operations Fur Sale — Terri Miller, 6891 N Blackpoint Rd., Pima, AZ 85543; phone: 928-965-1000; e-mail: millerx5@aznex.net

NTA Director — Cindy Seff, P.O. Box 762, Seligman, AZ 86337; phone: 480-390-0723; e-mail: AzTrappers@hughes.net

Scent Post — John Henry Piotrowski, P.O. Box 142, McNeal, AZ 85617; phone: 520-642-3850;e-mail: jhenry@c2i2.com

Membership Options:
• Adult membership including subscription to The 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
Amanda Prosser
P.O. Box 4111, Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Phone: (928) 499-2114

Website http://www.angelfire.com/az2/ATA
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Hello trappers, I would like to thank our members for electing me president of this fine association. Communication has been a work in progress over the last few years and is a primary concern of mine. Please contact your county director or myself with any concerns, comments, or ideas you have.
The fur season is quickly approaching and what a great season it is shaping up to be. The market is looking very promising. Our prey base looks to be on the rise and the predators will hopefully follow suit. Ron Day of the AZGF continues to do an amazing job supporting our trapping rights and keeping us abreast of any changes for the upcoming season. This is truly a great year to be a trapper, let us make the very best of it!
The summer convention went off without any major train wrecks. With Clint Locklear and Gary Clevenger as keynote speakers how could it not be great? Both Clint and Gary’s demos left you with a mountain of information to process. Clint’s ideas, theories, and sets for cat trapping are truly state of the art and bound to improve your catch. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days with Clint before the convention. Clint is truly one heck of a trapper, business man, thinker, and gentleman. Gary’s systematic approach to E-caller selection and the use of the shotgun in thick cover has got to be seen and heard to be believed. The biggest complaint was that they didn’t have enough time to go into more detail. As always Bob Small’s cage trapping demo left everyone laughing and anxious to try some new tricks. Nathan from Montgomery Fur was on hand again to support our organization as a vender and we thank him. Mercer Lawing and Otis Latham were also present as venders. Mercer with his excellent cage traps, videos, and humor; and Otis with his very high quality wood stretchers. To all of our venders, thank you again! Next year’s convention will be held July 27th and 28th. Please contact me with any suggestions or ideas you have for presenters or improvements.
As a membership organization it is imperative that everyone helps where they can. Please contact myself, Jeff Serdy, or any of the other officers and county directors for areas that could benefit from your additional time and support. Trappers Education, newsletters, raffles, and the fur sale are all areas that need willing people to help out. We are entertaining the idea of waiving the membership dues for anyone who is willing to work at the summer convention and waiving the sellers’ commission for members who sign up to work at the fur sale. Members please let me know what you thoughts are on this. Saving the best for last I would like to give a huge thank you to Leslie Weger our new membership secretary for an amazing job and her organizational skills.
Thank you again to all the member of the ATA for all their support in making this an amazing organization. Live free, live strong, and trap hard!

— Scott Trowbridge

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT
Hello again from Arizona!
I am sorry to say that we only had one new member this past month. But at the same time I’m happy he joined with his family! Joseph A. Hargett and family. Thank you!
It has been dry this past month and a half, just like always but the prairie dog hunters are sure at it!
I am still trying to get the membership fixed! I hope to get it done soon. If I could get email addresses and phone numbers from all of you it would help a lot. Thanks in advance!
I want to congratulate Scott Trowbridge as our new President, Jeff Serdy our new Vice President, Cindy Seff our new Treasurer and Mike Huffer as our returning Recording Secretary.
I want to thank Mike Hull for doing an excellent job as our treasurer! He has handed the job over to Cindy Seff.
Well that’s all for now, see you next month!

— Leslie Weger

TREASURER’S REPORT
Well sometimes I never cease to amaze even myself. …. After, I said I yes me have done my duties and stepped aside, I have had many come to me and ask me to please come back and take this position as treasurer. I felt overwhelmed at the support. Sickened at the idea of taking on another task that I don’t know how I ever will find time for and tossed this around and figured what the heck. I will give it my all as I, do anything I take on and hope for the best. With all this said I sure was saddened to hear that Mike and Cindy would be leaving us. But you can’t blame those for wanting to be close to their family. Mike is going to stay on as honorary Apache County Director as a piece of him will remain here with us and he plans to come back each year to trap as well as attend as many events as he can. So although I am sad to see him go as treasurer I wish him and Cindy all the best.
I don’t have much to report this month besides a note to say I am back, lol. I kinda feel like Arnold in the terminator, lol.
Mike is wrapping up all the books and finishing up the year end to do list and we will be going thru the transition process shortly.
We have a new membership Secretary so if anyone has any problems with their membership currently or in the past please contact Leslie she is going at it in full force.
Congratulations to Scott and Jeff in their new positions.
I have a favor to ask of each and every one of you though. If I can come back and take on this task. YOU each can do one little part to get the ATA going strong again better than ever before. Please all Directors that have been in holding…… contact Scott and take on one simple thing to help him out, Welcome him, see what you can do to help him, even if it is only a few words of encouragement. Even if it only means making a phone call to find out nothing is going on currently maybe you can help get something sparked. . Director’s and Members also help at one of the events, clean up the road in your area. Just a few hours out of the year if everyone just gave a couple hours look where we could be and what we could do. Please don’t set this aside and think you will do it later. Just give an hour or two in a single year, that is nothing, to help preserve the sport you love and the association that has worked for you as a trapper for all these years. . So make that call to one of the officers today! Remember a membership organization needs everyone to keep things rolling. And all you members out there please contact one of the officers, send Tony your email for his alert system he has enacted during his term., it only takes a second to be able to stay in touch. Thank him for his role as past President and get yourself on that action alert list. Call Mike to see if you can do something to help with the fur sale. Call Terrie see if she needs help with the computer part of the fur sale. If there is an event in your county and you can set up a booth call Scott to get it rolling. Do you have an idea to help at the convention get that idea to Scott.
Steve Ballard Director is our new newsletter editor, you should be receiving your first newsletter shortly. If you have something you can share contact Steve. In order to stay abreast of what’s going on we need communication and that means you also helping keep those doors open!
I won’t let you down on this new task I have taken and I ask you please give a few minutes make a call don’t let me down either. Show you care and lets all chip in a couple hours year to get things back on track! Catch Ya next Time. — Cindy Seff

FUR AUCTION MANAGER’S REPORT
Well another furs trapping season is coming soon and I have set our fur auction for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. It will be at the same location, Gila County State Fairgrounds, just outside of Globe, Az. Try to start trapping in the high country were the fur is more likely to be prime in the beginning of season. Then work on the lower parts of the state, especially for those bobcats, later in the season. Keep on top of the trapping regulations. I here there is a lot of new trappers this year. So have fun and be safe.

— Mike Huffer

NTA DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Wow! Guess who! Let me first apologize for my lack of writing my newsletter each month. Many things have changed in my life and it seems time is very valuable as of late and I don’t seem to have an extra minute in the day. After all the strong support and questions of why I don’t do my newsletter in Missouri, I made several promises that I will get my ducks in a row and do a better job this year. so let’s see what happens………
Have you done your part to urging passage of H.R. 2834, Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act? Several court decisions which ruled that existing law does not expressly recognize or provide for the continuation of hunting and fishing on Federal lands, this bill is very important. In 1997, when hunting and fishing on the National Wildlife Refuge System were under attack, Congress enacted the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act which designated fishing and hunting priority uses on the Refuge system,
Recent court decisions in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (1.3., the Meister case) and a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding wildlife management in Wilderness Areas are just two examples of the need to pass H.R. 2834. Please call your representative and urge them to support this legislation.
The site of the 2013 national convention will be Lima, Ohio, subject to successful negotiations.
For the past several years a working group of AFWA has been attempting to come up with a method of making it easier on the states and USFW regarding tagging bobcats and otter. Members of the group met last year in Marshville, WI with NTA, FTA and the auction houses to come up with a plan to do away with tags and only require a paper trail from the trapper to the country buyer to the auction house to the manufacturers. Our voice was heard that this was not practical and would result in missing paperwork and the seizure of skins. This position was again reemphasized at the BMP meeting in Madison, WI this past winter. The final outcome listed in the letter is that federal tags will still be provided to the States to be issued as the states wish. The new regulations also allow for tags to be distributed in a variety of ways, including by mail to the trappers. Also the state and tribal authorities now have the option of ordering tags that do not have a year printed on them, thereby enabling their re-use from year to year. The USFWS has also issued a range-wide “no detriment” finding for bobcat on a national basis. This finding reduces the documentation the states are required to file annually to justify export. The group is preparing a manuscript to be submitted which hopefully will result in a “no detriment” finding for river otter. This would greatly benefit states that currently have no tagging for river otter.
The NTA has made a criteria sheet for the states considering hosting and NTA convention. If your state is interested please contact the NTA so you can get your hands on this guide.
How many of you attend the regional leadership conferences? Years past attendance was overwhelming now it has dwindled down to only the most dedicated that has time or that seems to make the time. What is the reason behind this? Lack of controversial issues?

Empathy? People being secure the NTA is going in a good direction? Whatever it may be it is time now to let your voice be heard. Under current economic tines maybe it would be feasible to have these meetings only once every two years maybe they are no longer needed at all with the regional conventions which allow you to visit with NTA. Let your voice be heard and contact your NTA General Organizer John Daniels and let him know if you think funds should be saved to deal with trapping issues rather than regional meetings. Now is the time to give your input. Don’t let others make these decisions for you and complain latter of the outcome.
There has been a notice filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, that a lawsuit may be filed to halt trapping on the Gila National Forest in NM, to protect gray wolves. NTA has been in contact with the NM Trappers Association and have offered assistance.
Dave Linkhart attended the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in Washington DC with Fur Wraps the Hill, Sept 14th and made visits to the hill while there. Information in regards to this will be forth coming.
The NTA is working on alert system/process to send alerts with requests for action via the internet when there is an issue. Any affiliate interested please contact the NTA to make this program a success. In a crisis we can send out an alert to all the NTA Members we have email addresses for and also communicate with the affiliate contact and ask them to forward the alert on to its membership. If you have questions about how this may be implemented contact Dave or Karen Linkhart @ kdmlink@juno.com.
A motion was adopted by the NTA Executive Council at the annual meeting that the finance committee be directed to develop an investment policy for the board’s consideration with instructions to report no later than the 2012 board meeting. It is noted that the current procedure as outlined in the bylaws is cumbersome and in the current economy, it may be necessary to move funds to obtain more favorable return on investment.
The bylaws committee presented two amendments which were adopted by the board for presentation to the membership. The first deals with moving the dates forward for the nomination and acceptance of candidates to ensure adequate time to submit information to the American Trapper. The second amendment deals with establishing a procedure to ensure that all NTA members receive a ballot; this is current policy but not in the bylaws. A motion that the bylaws committee be directed to prepare a bylaws revision for consideration by the board no later than the 2012 convention was defeated due to financial considerations.
Also if you are not a member or need to renew you can do so on the website or by sending $30.00 for one year to: National Trappers Association , 2815 Washington Avenue Bedford, Indiana 47421.
Or for questions call Headquarters @ 812-277-9670.
If you ever need anything I can do to assist you or answer questions please call , if I don’t know the answer I will get it, remember I am only a phone call away 480-390-0723.
Catch ya next Time.

— Cindy Seff

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