Nevada Trappers Association December 2011 Report

President — Joel Blakeslee (Sherri), 4905 Jackrabbit Rd, Reno, NV 89510; ph: 775-742-1308

Vice President — Tracy Truman, 3654 N Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130; ph: 702-658-8927

Secretary/Treasurer — Judi Curran, 4170 St. Clair Rd., Fallon, NV 89406; ph: 775- 867-2239

Fur Manager — Jim Curran, 4170 St. Clair Rd., Fallon, NV 89406; ph: 775-867-2239

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to T&PC — $20
• Husband & wife with subscription — $22
• Junior (under 16) with subcription — $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

http://www.nvtrappers.com

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Trapping season is finally here!!

I hope you are successful this year and have a safe trapping season. Remember to keep accurate records as your season progresses. It will make your life a lot simpler when it comes time to fill out your questionnaire at the end of the season.

A little bird told me that one of our stalwart members, Ted Lowry has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The outlook is good for him and he’s undergoing some chemotherapy. However, keep Ted in your thoughts and prayers and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Last, but not least . . . . Trapping legislation. It looks like the Wildlife Commission has scheduled a couple of scoping meetings to flesh out the language to the regulations required by SB226. I understand at this date that one meeting will be held in Reno and another in Las Vegas. As you might recall, SB226 requires the Commission to adopt regulations for trapping in congested areas of Washoe and Clark County. Chairman McBeath is heading the meetings and seems to have a good grasp of the issues. Right now it looks like the regulation will restrict traps (other than cage or box traps) to no closer than 1,000 feet from a residential dwelling in Clark and Washoe Counties.

There are several important exceptions, most notably for NDOW or Wildlife Services, and the regulation wouldn’t apply to private land, so someone could trap on their own land closer than 1,000 feet from a residence. We could really use some positive input from trappers. The Trailsafe folks have been able to generate some letters to the Wildlife Commission opposing the draft language, and arguing for a half-mile distance, trap registration, greater restrictions on who can get a trapping license, and a host of other issues that don’t really pertain to SB 226 – but which show where Trailsafe is coming from. Make no mistake about it.

Trailsafe is out to ban trapping altogether throughout the state. If we aren’t vigilant and proactive, we could really lose some ground in this fight. Don’t think that “someone else” will write the letters or make the phone calls. Do it!! — Tracy Truman

 

 

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