President— Craig Sweet, 1825 Kirkwood St., Saint Charles, IA 50240; phone: 641-764-2758
Vice President — Randy Mitchell, Iowa Fall, IA; phone: 641-648-6787
Secretary — Patty Kempf, 3371 130th St., Jamaica, IA 50128; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FTA Director — Gene Purdy, 521 Edwin Place, Fontanelle, IA 50846; phone: 641-745-8841
NTA Director — George Scalf, 123 N. Madison Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501; phone: 641-682-3937; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jamaica, IA 50129
Greetings to all. As I write this it is nearing the time we have all been looking forward to – Daylight Savings Time. Too bad we trappers could not accumulate daylight like our savings to use during season. But, as with savings, there would not be enough to add up to even matter. Trapping season opened November 5th. I hope everyone has a good season. Everyone should know by now that the DNR raised the otter and bobcat quotas.
Otter now have 650 quota and bobcat 350 in the same open areas as last year. Reporting is the same, within 24 hours of capture, but now tagging up to 7 days. Otter and bobcat need to be skinned and carcass turned over to the DNR when the CITES tag is issued.
Any going to taxidermist need to have the tag attached as in the past. The grace period has changed on bobcat after the quota is reached. The grace now is for any trapped up to midnight of the following day after the quota is reached. Otter grace period is still 48 hours after the quota is reached. Limit per license is 1 bobcat and 3 otter – up ibe from last year.
Beaver season will close on April 15th instead of April 1st. One very important item is to know the rules and regulations pertaining to trapping. A few out there don’t care or know, but those few give all of us who do follow the regulations the “black eye” image towards all trappers. There have been times where I could have legally made a set, but decided to pass it up due to common sense and better judgment. Sometimes common sense is better to prevail over a “legal set” in the long run.
The ITA Fur Auction will be held January 7th, 2012 at the Boone County Fairgrounds, in Boone. The auction will start at 9:00 A.M. Contact Dave Phipps at 515-491-8214 to get registered for a seller number. The guidelines for selling will remain about the same as last year.
The next Board Meeting will be February 5th, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the Quality Inn and Suites on 13th Street in Ames.
Till next time, have a good trapping season.
— Craig Sweet