President — John Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd., Redcrest, CA 95569; 707-722-4259
Vice President — James C. Schmerker Jr., P.O. Box 1166, Bethel Island, CA 94511; 925-684-3855;
Membership Secretary — Rita Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569; 707-722-4259
Secretary — Leona Hencratt; 530-547-3240
Treasurer — John Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569
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907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569
Well, it has been a long month with a lot going on. I have gotten a bunch of calls about people trapping on government land, and as of this time some of the things that were talked about is from now to 20 years ago. No one was given a ticket that called me. They were just asked to move the traps because a lot of people were going through and, in the area where the sets were made, many folks had dogs. I think it saved a lot of hard feelings.
Now, at this time, we have a bill that needs our attention. It is AB1213 it will stop bobcat trapping and the selling of bobcat furs in California. It is a bad one, and there are a lot of people working on it. And if you want to help, join C.T.A. It will help. You also can make a donation to help fight this bill. We have an account set up just for this. Now the lawsuit for the foothold trap is still moving along good. They keep changing the court date.
Other than that, the trapping in the state went well. A lot more fur could have been caught, but there were not enough trappers out there. I read a while back when the economy was good, fur prices were low. When work was hard to come by, fur prices were real good. Out West here, gray foxes were $30 to $50 and a $30 ’coon was a good one. Coyotes were $40 to $90. Bobcats at $100 to $250 were nice. Muskrats were at $7, and so on. Some of the prices are still there and many a lot better. Join C.T.A and let’s all get into trapping this fall. — John Clark
Here we are still some time later and somewhat better with the more info we get. I was on the phone the other night, and there were about 15 on there with Kathryn. We talked about the bill here in our state to stop bobcat trapping here — AB1213. A lot of things were talked about, and if any of you trappers want to come up to speed, check out the CTA website. It will help if you join CTA, as the more the better for Kathryn to talk about. If you are out of our state, a donation is a good thing since membership is OK but does not count for us. By the time you read this, the bill will have been heard in one place, and we are hoping it gets stopped there. I will not know in my house until the day after tomorrow. I will let you all know one way or another. The lobbyist is costing us some money, and we need some funds. Anything helps.
That is about all I have right now. — John Clark