President — Joel Blakeslee (Sherri), 4905 Jackrabbit Rd, Reno, NV 89510; 775-742-1308
Vice President — John Sullivan; 702-493-8342;
Secretary/Treasurer — Judi Curran, 4170 St. Clair Rd., Fallon, NV 89406; 775- 867-2239
Fur Manager — Jim Curran, 4170 St. Clair Rd., Fallon, NV 89406; 775-867-2239
• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Husband & wife with subscription — $22
• Junior (under 16) with subscription — $10
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
4170 St. Clair Rd.
Fallon, NV 89406
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Hey there trappers,
Fallon was a barn burner. Record prices for cats. Not even close. $657 average and $1688 for the top cat. Good grief these are some good prices.
Fox were way up from last year, both red and grey. And muskrats were sky high at $9.32.
The volume on cats didn’t come close to last year. But maybe the supply and demand thing is what is at play here. Probably has more to do with the price of tea in China. Or some Greek fur tycoon. But who cares as long as it lasts.
Jim has posted the results on the NTA website.
The trappers association appreciates everyone’s participation in the sale. These commissions are allowing us to lobby and protect trapping in Carson City. And there is a lot going on there right now. Joel is working full time while the legislature is in session. There are several very onerous anti bills circulating. Also one very good one. A constitutional right, an amendment to hunt, fish and trap. This amendment will take several processes and several years to enact. But this legislative session is the first step.
Joel has posted the names and contact info for members of the Senate Natural Resources committee on the website. Also he listed some of the anti trapping proposals. It wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye on the website or keep in touch with your regional rep. We will need your help to contact some of these politicos at the right time. Specific bills will be listed and the public can review them and then click on whether you approve or disapprove of the bill. We will need to hit the disapprove button hard on these anti bills when they come up.
Last but not least, pulled my last trap out of the dirt (rocks down here) the day before yesterday. Went out with my kid who is not a kid anymore. Saw a nice bunch of desert bighorns and a golden eagle. Even picked up one more cat, a large male. Have to clean things up and put things away now, finish some fur and do some marketing. Then sleep in for awhile to see what that is like. But feels good to have gone out there again, been part of the natural world, and was able to see and hear and experience a lot of things most people today don’t get to experience. — John Sullivan