Idaho Trappers Association June-July 2013 Report


President — Patrick B. Carney; 208-599-5009;

Vice President — Andy Smith;

Secretary — Michelle Gutierrez; 208-587-5931;

Treasurer — Vacant

NTA Representative — Dan Davis; 208-458-4303;

Election Chairman — Billy Dyer; 208-587-6696

Director — Mark Collinge; 208-376-2963;

Director — Rusty Kramer; 208-870-3217;

Director — Paul Jensen; 208-631-4547;

Director — Tim Conant; 208-544-2766;

Director — Bruce Bartow; 208-521-4235;

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25.50

• Family membership with subscription — $30.50

• Life Membership — $500


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

ITA, Secretary

Michelle Gutierrez

PO Box 405

Mountain Home, ID 83647



Hello to all,

I hope your trapping season was a success and all is well. The March fur sale is over, the prices were down which doesn¹t make sense. Since the demand is strong. China and Russia had the coldest winter in years. And both are suppose to be out of finished garments. I have heard it said, that there is not enough wild fur to satisfy the demand. Hhmmmmmm, makes a fellar wonder why, more on that later.

Remember to put the NTA Western Regional on your calendars. It is in Blackfoot Idaho this year on June 6-9, 2013. The Upper Snake River Trappers of Idaho asked if we would be willing to help them. We need more volunteers to do the many jobs and tasks to make this a success. So if you can help for a few hours or days, please get with me(Pat) at 208-599-5009 or Michelle at 208-587-5931. Lets go give them a hand and make this a huge success. The ITA will have a booth there. We will also need volunteers for it. The ITA will not have a summer convention outside the NTA Western Regional Convention. We may have a general membership meeting if enough are present. I am looking forward to seeing you all there. USRT and NTA were both instrumental in getting HJR2 passed last November. We all need to be NTA members . You can do that on our website, their website, or at the Western Regional. This is their fundraiser, lets go support them so when we need their help again, they will be there for us. It will be a great time to buy your trapping supplies and watch demos. Tell all your buddies that are not members, to come and join these associations. They are all fighting to keep your rights to trap and have access to the outdoors. We need every trapper in this state to join the NTA or 866-680-8727. They have answered our call every time. Whether it be legal, financial, or just advise they have been there. Please support them. As everyone knows, we are also going to be in for a fight on our gun rights. If this is important to you, you need to join one of the groups, such as the NRA. If we do not band together in these associations, we will look like a mouse after a asphalt roller goes over the top of it. We can not do this alone and they can not do it without us. There are not many organizations fighting for your rights. Please join the ones that are.

The FBU banquet is scheduled for August 17, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Boise. Please plan to attend as this has been great fun. There will be many many prizes and firearms.

Elections are coming up for three directors and president to be voted upon. I believe the directors have done an outstanding job. I believe all are going to run again. If you are interested in one of these positions, president or director, please have your name submitted. All nominees have to be in by March 30,2013. Please contact Billy Dyer 208-587-6696 or with any questions on the elections.

This last bit of news will affect many user groups. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has in their infinite wisdom determined in their “Draft Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan” for 518,000 acres in Owyhee County in section titled Hunting and Trapping on page 53 of the Draft *Pursuit to section 4 c of the Wilderness Act, commercial trapping is prohibited in wilderness areas. Commercial trapping is defined as trapping that involves the sale of furs, hides, or other animal body parts. This would also affect horn hunters, hunters who shot a trophy and wanted to sell it and many other commercial acts. Comments must be received by April 30, 2013. Please visit our website at for more information. We will need everyone to put in a comment by email or snail mail. We believe they have misinterpreted their guidelines. And if they have not, we believe that commercial trapping has been going on in this area before it was part of Idaho, or the United States. The reason Owyhee County was named Owyhee county is because two trappers from Hawaii became lost, never to be seen again. Trapping has long been a part of and tradition in this area. Therefore, if they are correct we believe an exemption is warranted for this activity. As you can see we must respond to this. Please take the time to get involved. As this interpretation could go to National Forests, Wild and Scenic River Corridors and just about any place they may wish to implement it. Don¹t forget, join the Idaho Trappers Association online at

Thank you. — Patrick B. Carney



Here we go again!

In the Salmon Region, a dog was killed in a snare equipped with a power spring before the sportsman/owner could release it.

A dog in Blaine County was caught in a #330 conibear set in a box for bobcats. There were 15 or more #330s on this line. The sportsman/trapper was able to release his dog because he was familiar with #330s. Another dog was caught in Ada County in a foothold trap set near a well-traveled area. The distressed owner plastered the media with the story.

All were legal sets, but poor judgements made by uncaring trappers. The recently passed HJR2 Amendment will not protect trapping in Idaho from stupid, uncaring trappers! Trapping can easily be eliminated by a vote of the people. I know, I come from a state where it happened. We will probably see some more restrictions on trapping in Idaho because of poor location and trap selection. — Bruce



Fur sale, 3/9/13, Mountain Home

Listed by species, sold, high bid, average, total price

Deer brown horn — 21.1lbs, 8.60lb, 1.92lb, $181.37

Deer white horn — 16.9lbs, 2.78lb, 2.78lb, $32.38

Badger — 15, 47.57, 19.04, $285.64

Beaver — 183, 45, 25.7, $4,703.26

Bobcat — 135, 1167.87, 532.94, $71,946.49

Castor — 9lbs, 22.94, 17.87lb, $160.81

Coyote — 668, 116.66, 39.69, $26,511.84

Cross fox — 11, 63.66, 46.71, $513.76

Elk horn white — 3, 3.04lb, 10.37, $31.10

Ermine — 13, 10.11, 10.11, $131.43

Grey fox — 2, 35.44, 35.44, $70.88

Pine marten — 48, 82.78, 61.93, $2,972.68

Mink — 47, 27.77, 20.3, $954.15

Muskrat — 2402, 16.78, 10.18, $24,443.60

Glands — 2, 1.90oz, 10.44, $20.88

Otter — 15, 81.44, 75.36, $1,130.40

Porky hair — 40.3oz, 25.38oz, 13.18oz, $531.24

Raccoon — 117, 32.36, 13.28, $1,554.08

Red fox — 134, 91.33, 35.26, $4,724.89

Skunk — 22, 10, 9, $198.04

Weasel — 1, 7, 7, $7.00

Swift fox — 2, 11.33, 11.33, $22.66

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