Nebraska Fur Harvesters November 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. As I am writing this, the 36th Annual Fall Convention has just ended.
It was great; Jason Reynoldson made a good one, a good demo lineup, a lot of good dealers, wonderful facilities, near perfect weather. In my own experience, the businesses and people of Albion were friendly and supportive.

The Albion News printed an article on the Nebraska Fur Harvesters and the convention in June. Then another shortly before the convention and they came Saturday, took some pictures, spoke to some people and will have another news article this week. We had a couple of visitors from Iowa, Craig Sweet and Dennis Johnson. They visited last year also. Thank you guys! They brought some very nice wooden stretchers to donate at the auction, and then helped out on the other end as they left quite a bit of that Iowa money.

As you order equipment (perhaps you overlooked or forgot), remember the dealers who came to our convention and those who perhaps couldn’t come, but sent a donation anyway, thank you.

After our election on Saturday, we have some new officers, they are:

President Don Miller

Vice President Adam Duryea

Secretary John Self

Treasurer Dave Kuhlmann

Legislative Representative George Wagner

Public Relations Doug Eskew

NTA Representative Jason Reynoldson

FTA Representative Roy Greenfield

We had a presentation by Sam Wilson Saturday, on regs and the ROW, also questions and answers.

It seems to me that perhaps a group might be pushing to have County boards “opt out.” They do not have to do anything! I herd of an instance where an individual went to the county board and was told “we thought we had to act on this opt out option” without due reason, they have no reason to do anything. My suggestion is that one can go to a county supervisor and ask that if any trapping related issue is to be on the agenda that you want to be informed.

And a letter cold be sent to the same effect. This might have headed off the above mentioned case. A constituent of the county is the one to do this. And as we head into another fur season, please remember another highly publicized incident could cost us more that we got back after two years of work! And perhaps we need to think of policing our own ranks.

Again a great convention. If you did not make it, ask someone who went, I think they would agree.

Until next month.

— Don Miller

FTA DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Jason Reynoldson and the crew at Albion have every right to stand tall! When one arrived at the Boone County Fairgrounds, they realized the NFH Fall Convention was well organized. Each person who helped plan and setup for the event deserves a huge pat on the back. One also needs to thank the dealers who drove countless hours and miles to setup for a very successful event. Most of all the fur harvesters who came from four states are to be complimented. These are the hard-core harvesters that even with depressed fur prices show support for the harvesting associations. The demo schedule equaled most national events and each who shared their knowledge have made a donation to preserve our way of life!

Those who receive the Fur Taker Magazine know the FTA has undertaken a proactive project by preaching to more than the choir! The FTA has entered a contract with The Management Advantage Show to air two-minute segments explaining the benefits of trapping on the Outdoor Channel. Several of these segments were filmed last week during the FTA Trappers College. Many guest speakers such as Ron Leggett, Frank Price (USSA), Mike Misou, Gary Jepson and others are explaining the benefits of trapping to the 28 million subscribers of the Outdoor Channel. These segments will be broadcast during the programs 26-week season. While it is a costly program, the FTA Governing board feels it is a needed effort to communicate sound scientific harvesting to other outdoor persons.

The FTA is currently requesting donations from all who are able to help with this project. These segments will start airing in January. Currently the show is on Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 2:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

The FTA would like to thank the Nebraska Fur Harvesters for the $500 donation toward this program pending the outcome of this year’s fall convention. If you have a few extra dollars (I realize how tight every budget is), make a small donation ear marked for the Outdoor Channel project.

Due to unstable conditions of my day job and personal health issues, I have declined nomination to run for a fifth term as the Fur Takers national organizer. I will be stepping down for the position the first of January but still be assisting where needed.

— Roy Greenfield

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