Nebraska Fur Harvesters August 2009 Report

President — Don Miller, Box 15, Loup City, NE 68853; phone: 308-745-0572; cell 308-440-2951

Vice President — Joe Jack, Box 303, Wood River, NE 68883; phone: 308-583-2720

Secretary — John Self, 2072 CO RD K, Hooper, NE 68031; phone: 402-654-2913

Treasurer — Jim Cronin, RT 1, Box 405, Loup City, NE 68853; phone: 308-754-0474

Legislative Representative — George Wagner, 201 Main Ave., Winnetoon, NE 68789; phone: 402-847-3398

Public Relations Director — Ben Walker, 73059 Rd. 436, Bertrand, NE 68972; phone: 308-472-5227

NTA Delegate — Chris Pool, 202 Alonzo St., Wilcox, NE 68982; phone: 308-478-5312

FTA Delegate — Roy Greenfield, 16535 145th Rd., Amherst, NE 68812; phone: 308-826-5155

Web Site — Tom Riblett, tmrs@gpcom.net; http://www.nebraskafurharvesters.com

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Junior (Rat Pack) dues (14 & under) — $16

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
Trompke Bookkeeping and Business Services
PO Box 89, Loup City, NE 68853

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello everyone,

For offseason, it’s certainly very busy! We’ve had the usual round of Outdoor Expos and two 4-H camps with the Game and Parks doing an Introduction to Trapping and Fur Harvesting. Volunteers working on these were Joe Jack, Jim Cronin, Phil VanBibber, Ben Walker, Stephen VanTassel, Steven Neff and myself. We can always use more volunteers.

If you feel it’s something you might want to help with but are uncomfortable with speaking to a group of young people, you could help one of the seasoned instructors and get broke in that way. The future of outdoor sports, and especially fur harvesting, lies in the youth. Most of today’s youth are not as connected to the outdoor sports and certainly have access to a lot of other influences. It is also a chance to show the positive side and benefits to the general public of fur harvesting. There is an unlimited amount of detracting information fed to the youth and the general public.

Jason Reynoldson is busy working on the coming Fall Convention. Anyone who could help Jason, be sure he has your phone number.

Raffle ticket sales are underway. The top two salesmen will again get a convention t-shirt and a free year’s membership. I promise to try to do a better job on getting these prizes to the winners this year!
This is election year. At the Spring Meeting, a proposal was made to change the bylaws and have half of the offices’ votes on one year and the other half the next year. The purpose of this would be to prevent having all of the officers change at one time. Potentially, all the officers could be green, as it stands now. This change in bylaws would be accomplished by electing one half of the officers to a three-year term (one time only, this fall); from that time forward, half of the officers would be elected at each Fall Convention. If anyone has concerns or sees a problem with this, contact me.

As I am writing this, I have just gotten a phone call from Sam Wilson, non-game furbearer biologist. Game and Parks are in the process of remaking regulations to “right of way,” which went away with LB299 banning right-of-way trapping. What they have come up with will be brought before the Commissioners meeting in August.

“Don, enclosed is a copy of the proposed regulations for trapping in the road right-of-way. We believe these regulations will permit the effective trapping of every furbearer species in the road right-of-way and public lands while decreasing any liabilities included with unrestricted foothold trap size. After being finalized, new regulations for trapping in the road right-of-way will be presented at the August Commission meeting at Mahoney State Park on August 28th. Please discuss with your organization and contact me with any concerns. Sincerely, Sam Wilson, Furbearer Program Manager.”

The proposed regulation is as follows—the new portion in bold type: 001-03A5 to set a conibear type trap with jaw spread larger than 5 inches, except when placed under water or at least 6 feet above ground, or to set a foothold trap with a jaw spread larger than 6 inches, on any land owned or controlled by the Commission, including lands controlled for public access (018.14), land owned or controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Harlan County Reservoir, Waterfowl Production Area lands owned or controlled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and road rights-of-way.

Sam did think that we should reach a consensus and be in there to support the regs. He did expect opposition, possibly from Hudkins and the HSUS rep. I intend to be there. Having more that just myself at the meeting wouldn’t hurt.

— Don Miller

FTA DELEGATE’S REPORT

In opening, I would like to thank Dave Hastings for representing the NFH during the recent FTA National Rendezvous in Mena, Arkansas. Regretfully, I was not able to attend due to a questionable schedule at my day job. I am told the event was a success and those of us who could not attend missed a good one. Next year’s FTA National will be held in Columbia, Indiana.

Each member of the NFH recently received tickets for this year’s raffle and flyers for the fall convention. Remember to send those raffle tickets to Don Miller for this is one of two fundraising events our association depends on each year to keep going. The other being the auction at the fall convention. Jason Reynoldson is planning one grand event for this fall convention in Albion, NE.

The dates are Sept. 24-27. The 24th will be vendor setup day with no demos being given. Look for a full schedule on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th. The schedule for Sunday the 27th will depend on the availability of speakers. Dealers wishing to reserve space or anyone having questions may contact Jason by calling him at 402-395-6805 or 402-649-3832. Motel reservations can be made at the Dunes Motel 402-395-2105 in Albion, NE; Fullerton Inn 800-932-6103 in Fullerton, NE; Elgin One Stop Sleep Inn 402-843-2100 in Elgin, NE. Camping is available at the fairgrounds for campers and tents at no charge, but there are no hookups.

Remember, if you are able, plan to attend on Thursday the 24th to help setup for the event. Many hands make for light tasks. It was voted upon and approved at this year’s spring meeting for the 2010 fall convention to be held in Lexington, NE.

In addition, this year is officers elections. Each of the NFH offices will be open for nominations.
Post those extra flyers that each of us received for this year’s fall convention and help spread the word of the event.

— Roy Greenfield

 

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