Nevada Trappers Association August 2012 Report

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


Membership Options:

• 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:

NTA, Secretary/Treasurer

Judi Curran

4170 St. Clair Rd.

Fallon, NV 89406



Greetings Trappers,

The dog days of summer. So hot down here not even the dogs will claim them.

Much to report from the NTA.

The NTA board had their annual meeting in Fallon on June 9. Half the day was spent talking with senior NDOW reps about new trapping regs they are considering. Very productive meeting and I think NDOW appreciates the expertise and input from us as much as we appreciate the chance to discuss some of these things before we see them in the form of new regs.

Many other items were discussed over a wide range of topics that concerns Nevada Trappers. A couple of things of interest, NTA will recommend a lengthening of the beaver season to April 30 to accommodate trappers in NE Nevada who deal with very high elevations and frozen conditions till late in the spring. And bobcat harvest data from 2011 and 2012 is very encouraging. Despite an overall large harvest statewide, reproduction and recruitment was very high statewide and exceptionally good in the Mohave region. As a result NTA will recommend we keep the Nov. 1 through February season. As most remember, we had a much shorter season two years ago because of low recruitment. But the data indicates the species is more than holding its own and so we can and should expect staying the with the longer season. Everyone who turns in the lower jawbones with data needs to be commended for accuracy. It is very important that our bioligists are receiving this good data.

Just as the first ever bear hunt in NV created some controversy, trapping has heated up this year as well. The wildlife commission appointed a trapping committee to study the issue and report back. NTA hosted a presentation for the committee that was open to the public and held on MT. Charleston in Clark County on June 14. It went very well and I think all the non trappers in attendance learned a great deal about the subject. There are some pics and info about this event on the NTA web site.

We are not planning a rondy this year, but this could change so keep posted. It does look like we will have a rondy next summer hosted by the White Pine folks up at the Boy Scout camp in the Shell Creek Range like we did some years ago.

Off the subject of events and politics but more to my liking I want to mention that the summer time is the best time to chip away at the pre season prep chores. Make new pan covers, stretchers, bait and lure, clean stuff up, etc. The biggest job for me is deing and waxing all traps. I don’t die them myself anymore. Pressure wash then wax. I am very careful with the wax and try to keep it off the dog tips and pan notches by removing the pans and dipping the trap into the hot wax with vice grips held at the dog tip. I really like the new MB 550 cause with the PIT pans you don’t have to worry about it. Wax the whole trap and it still has perfect pan tension waxed or not because of the PIT pans.

Breaking news: at the state wildlife commission meeting held in Elko in June, it was approved to extend the trapping season on mink, muskrat and beaver till April 30, 2013 next season. And the NTA recommendation for the bobcat season to be from Nov. 1, 2012 till the end of Feb 2013 was approved by the commission as well. Good news for trappers on land and at sea. Since we don’t have a lot of ocean in NV maybe good news for trappers on land and on lakes, marshes, ditches, potholes, ponds, rivers and streams is better put.

I better shut up before somebody like Bill in Baker who really knows his stuff tells me I’m full of it. — John Sullivan

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