Nevada Trappers Association December 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 season will be well under way when you get your magazine.

I love the fall and particularly the month of Nov. We usually have ideal conditions for doing just about anything outdoors.

“Usually” is the key word here. The Farmers Almanac is predicting stormy conditions for most of Nov. this year in the SW USA. Then better conditions in Dec. And then stormy again in Jan. SW USA is a pretty broad area.

The NOAA forecast is for warmer and drier than normal for NV this winter.

So these two forecasts kind of contradict each other. We will see shortly.

Opening day will find me chomping at the bit. I was going to go north for a road trip but decided to stay home in Nov. and take the road trip later. Nov. 1 is a little early this far south. So I will wait couple of weeks and count my blessings at the fur sale.

As most of you know, NDOW mailed out a letter to all licensed trappers with the usual info about tagging the jaws of cats but neither the tags nor the summary report were included. It said we could get them at an NDOW office or send in a request and they will mail them out. Not a big deal I guess.

What is a big deal is being accurate in the info we provide on the tags. We have an excellent relationship with NDOW and the biologists depend on us to give them good data. And in turn we depend on them to analyze the data correctly and to provide scientific reports on the status of the species statewide. This data and the ratios that it produces, male to female, and kitten to female, are very important tools to determine the health of the species every year.

How I do it is cut the lower jawbone off just below the junction with the upper jaw with a wire cutter. Then I clean it up a little with a knife. Then I fill out the tag and put it next to the jawbone and place both on a piece of cardboard to dry. When dry in a few days, I wire the tag to the jaw and put them into a ziplock bag. Towards the end of the season I get out all the jaws and use the tags to fill out the summary report.

Well, that should do it for another month. I hope everyone has a safe and successful trapline this month and this season. — John Sullivan

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