President — Don Miller, Box 15, Loup City, NE 68853-0015; 308-745-0572; cell 308-440-2951
Vice President — Adam Duryea, 80406 Victoria Springs Rd, Merna, NE 68856; 308-643-0430; cell: 308-643-9178
Secretary — Stephen Vantassel, 701 S. 55th St., Lincoln, NE 68510; 402-489-1042
Treasurer — Jason Reynoldson, 2142 State Highway 14, Albion, NE 68620-5033; 402-395-6805; Cell: 402-649-3832
Legislative Representative — George Wagner, 201 Main Ave., Winnetoon, NE 68789; 402-847-3398
Public Relations Director — Doug Eskew, 41521 Rd. 764 Gothenburg, NE 69138; 308-537-2919
NTA Delegate — Jason Reynoldson, 2142 State Highway 14, Albion, NE 68620-5033; 402-395-6805; cell: 402-649-3832
FTA Delegate — Roy Greenfield, 16535 145th Rd., Amherst, NE 68812; 308-826-5155
Website — Dave Hastings, 1805 O St., Ord, NE 68862; 308-728-7780
• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Individual membership without publication — $10
• Junior (14 and under) membership with publication — $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 68853-0089
It has been a hot, dry, real summer. I hope everyone got in some spring fishing this year. The new flyer for this fall should be on the website by now. Please note that a mistake on the flyer was discovered where the phone number for Crete Inn was their actual fax number; the corrected phone number is 402-826-4341. On that note, by the time you read this, it is time to book your room. Wynn Hall is working to make this another great convention. Anyone who would be able to help should call Wynn and offer; also, for the fish fry, any fish cookers should contact Wynn. At any rate most importantly make plans and be there to enjoy. — Don Miller
FTA DELEGATES REPORT
Where has spring gone? These past couple of months have certainly passed in a hurry. On June 9th I was able to represent the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance Trailblazer program at the Kearney Cabela’s store. NFH member Mike Boyle served in the same position at the Sidney store location. NFH President Don Miller set up a Nebraska Fur Harvester booth at Kearney and I can say our association was well represented. Cabela’s certainly shows their dedication to getting youth and their family’s involved for they recently made a $225,000 donation to the Trailblazer program. If you are interested in meeting many people in a day and can donate the time give Don a call and have your name recorded for the booth representation list. We never know when or where the next invitation will come from.
The next week I drove to Evansville, Indiana and attended the FTA National Rendezvous. The event was well organized and the attendance was very high.
Many dealers were having record sales days and it seemed everyone attending was optimistic about this next years fur markets. I attended several FTA committee meetings that I am still active with and addressed the FTA Governing Board as chairman of one committee and was asked for advice on other subjects. The FTA membership numbers remain at a stable level and have not slipped lower as other associations have. During the Friday evening national council meeting the FTA made some very generous donations to the USSA earmarked for the Trailblazer program, assisting in the huge cost of defending against the anti’s lawsuits in Lynx areas and to the USSA general fund. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have on the Fur Takers of America! One will be able to read the minutes of the meetings in the August issue of the Fur Taker magazine. I have accepted a nomination to run for the FTA Governing Board and if it be the will of the membership pledge to one again serve to the best of my ability.
I am told Wynn Hall is hard at work organizing the NFH Fall Convention! It has been many years since we had a convention in Crete. This eastern location will offer access to trappers from many states. While at the FTA National I toured the dealer areas and handed out our early flyer each member received. More than one dealer who has not been to a NFH Convention expressed interest in the event. We may have some new faces in the dealer buildings this year. Trappers from several states said they planned on attending. Make your motel reservations now for the Crete rooms may be full.
I hope to see every one in Crete September 28 – 30. — Roy Greenfield