Montana Fur Harvesters November 2014 Report

P.O. Box 3481, Kalispell, MT 59903

Director — Kenneth Cordoza Jr., 150 Lost Coon Tr., Whitefish, MT 59937

Director — Rick Hawk, P.O. Box 381, Kalispell, MT 59903

Director — Larry Keyes, 235 Martin Camp Rd., Whitefish, MT 59937;

Director — Tressa Schutter, Kalispell, MT

Director — Steve Horvath, Kalispell, MT

Sub-Director — Dave Pierce, Kalispell, MT

Membership Options:

• Regular Membership — $25, includes Trapper & Predator Caller subscription

• Sustaining Membership without Magazine — $20

• Junior Membership (under 18) with Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

• Family Membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Charter Membership with Trapper & Predator Caller, hat and certificate — $100


Wolverine proposal was withdrawn

The front page Daily Inter Lake ran an article by Jim Mann on August 13, 2014 about the US Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew a proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species.

The following summary was taken from Vol. 79, No. 156, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Part II of the Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service.

50 CFR Part 17

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rules; withdrawal.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdraw the proposed rule to list the distinct population segment of the North American wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) occurring in the contiguous United States as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This withdrawal is based on our conclusion that the factors affecting the DPS as identified in the proposed rule are not as significant as believed at the time of the proposed rule’s publication (February 4, 2013). We base this conclusion on our analysis of current and future threat factors. Therefore, we withdraw our proposal to list the wolverine within the contiguous U.S. as a threatened species. As a result, we also withdraw our associated proposed rule under section 4(d) of the Act contained in the proposed listing rule and withdraw the proposed nonessential experimental population designation under section 10(j) of the Act for the southern Rocky Mountains, which published in a separate document on February 4, 2013.

DATES: The February 4, 2013 (78 FR 7864), proposal to list the distinct population segment of the North American wolverine occurring in the contiguous United States as a threatened species and the February 4, 2013 (78 FR 7890), proposal to establish a nonessential experimental population of the North American wolverine in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico are withdrawn as of August 13, 2014.

Hope you are all getting your traps, and snares prepared for this fall. Teach a child! Carry forward the traditions and knowledge!

Are you savvy on the computer? A Social Media nut? We need you!

Montana Fur Harvesters is looking for someone to set up social media websites. Educate the public, teach our next generation through their learning styes and forms.

Contact Tressa L Schuuter, 871-5638,

Next Newsletter is December. If you would like to add to the newsletter, have a suggestion, or comment – please email me.


Gary L. Wilson passed away August 2, 2014 peacefully at the family farm in Kalispell. He was the youngest son of Roy and Juanita Wilson of Dunkirk, OH. Gary was born February 8, 1952, in Kenton, OH, and was raised in Dunkirk Ohio where he attended Hardin Northern School graduating in 1970. Gary enjoyed his childhood in Dunkirk working at his father’s lumber yard and hardwood store. Gary and his brother Bob spent endless hours harvesting corn and peas on the family farm. After graduation he married and moved to Montana.

Gary was an avid outdoorsman and had numerous hobbies including; trapping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, farming and raising horses and cattle. He enjoyed life and gave it his all in everything that he pursued. He enjoyed countless hours contributing time and talent teaching his passion for trapping to the younger generation where he made many friends. He also was past present of the Montana Trappers Association and past regional director of the National Trappers Association. Gary enjoyed many years at the county fair helping with 4-H and FFA projects his son was involved in .

Gary was preceded in death by his father Roy, mother Juanita, sister Barb and brother Bob. Gary is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Heidi, daughter Christina Mauroni (Portland, OR), son Cody Schriener and wife Shila, granddaughter AnnaLynn, and grandson DecLand of Lakeside, son Andy and wife Rachel Wilson, and their son’s Gavin and Mitchell Wilson and mother-in-law Charlotte Blum all of Kalispell. Many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Gary will be greatly missed.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home at 3pm on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Family and friends and neighbors will meet at the family farm for a pig roast directly following the service.

Paul E. Kelley, 73, of Hudson, died on Monday, September 15, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were held on September, 19, 2014 at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. The family has requested that if you would like to make a donation in Paul’s memory, please donate to St. Jude – Midwest Affiliate or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

He was born July 6, 1941 in Bloomington, son of Joseph E. and Dorothy Powell Kelley. He married Ellen A. Pyszka on October 20, 1962 in LaSalle, IL.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen, of Hudson; two sons, Timothy M. (Tracey) Kelley of Petersburg and Jeffery P. (Denise) Kelley of Fox Lake and one daughter, Annette (Doug Kerrick) Waldschmidt of El Paso. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Joe, Nathan, Amanda, Kelley and Patrick Waldschmidt, Nolan, Brannon and Kaelin Kelley and Holly, Race, Leo and Cael Kelley and four great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Teddy, Heidi and Dempsey; two brothers, Joseph (Dianne) Kelley of Bloomington and David (Wendell Casey) Kelley of Tulsa, OK and one sister, Mary Copenhaver of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by one son, Bryan E. Kelley.

Paul worked at GTE for over 26 years as a service technician, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. His love and appreciation of the outdoors began at an early age. He spent his youth trapping, hunting, fishing, and swimming in and along the Mackinaw River in his hometown of Colfax, Illinois, and these activities developed into a lifelong passion. He was a long-time member, Director, and Officer of the Illinois Trappers Association, serving as its President for eleven years. He also served on the Board of the Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources for over 20 years, eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame in both organizations. Recently, he was selected for induction into the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Of all the accomplishments he achieved for outdoor recreation, however, the ones of which he was most proud involved youth education. He was instrumental in developing and conducting an annual Wilderness Camp in cooperation with the McLean and Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation Districts that served young people in those counties. He developed and instituted a Young Trappers Camp through the Illinois Trappers Association that continues to this day. In addition, he was a long-time presenter to school-age students at McLean County Conservation Days events, as well as any youth education-related event to which he could contribute.

Paul was a loving husband, devoted father and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The End of an Era

It has been interesting being married to a lifelong trapper. I grew up in the big city and didn’t know the first thing about hunting or trapping when I met Paul 33 years ago. His first passion in life was duck hunting in Ohio. He trapped as a youngster too, and bought his first bicycle from what he earned from his furs.

It has been a part of him ever since.

Paul is now 86 years old and we have been married for over 31 years. I remember our first hikes together, when he would always been looking for animal tracks. I used to get frustrated when he would keep stopping and asked him “why can’t you just hike without always having to stop and look in the mud along the creeks?” Well, now I know why because I do the same! I have learned to appreciate the wildlife so much more with his tutoring. The passion he has for the furry critters and trapping has definitely rubbed off on me. Even though we don’t trap much anymore, it is still a part of us and will be until we take our last breath. I hate to see him hang up his traps, but maybe some young person will take over looking in the mud and setting lines. He or she will find it to be just like Christmas when they look to see what is waiting on the trapline!

Thanks! — Paul & Melissa

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