Nevada Trappers Association February 2013 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 T&PC — $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



Hey there trappers. Happy New Year. Well the Indian summer days of Nov. ended rapidly in Dec. It’s been cold and snowy pretty much statewide. Kind of hard to even access a trapline. Hope things melt off for the remainder. The best months for cats are Jan. and Feb if the weather cooperates.

I went up to Central NV to try a new area in early Dec. Got out a decent line. Got in one check then it snowed a foot. Thats what I get for believing the weather guessers. Even the Farmers Almanac had it all wrong. What I did catch there sure looks good. The cats from that section are bigger and darker than the desert cats I normally see.

Now on to business: talked with Jim and he put fur sale info in the last edition and plans to do the same for this edition. NVTA members will have first priority for the sale. But the earlier you can call Jim the better for planning.

A lot of trappers don’t know why we have the sale while the season is still open. The reason is to have a weekend which doesn’t conflict with the other sales. Prineville, Utah, Idaho, and CO all have sales with the same type of fur as we do. If there were two sales at the same time buyers would have to be at two places at once. We would lose buyers and the prices would suffer.

Fur prices are looking good. The muskrat market is very strong. Too bad some of the big marshes don’t have trapping programs anymore. Opening up the National Wildlife Refuges to trapping and better hunting opportunities is something our organization and our coalition of groups are trying to do. There are millions of acres in the Sheldon and Desert Wildlife Range areas alone.

On another subject, and as I mentioned last month, Bobcat Harvest Reports will be required as usual before you can have pelts sealed. The forms were not mailed this year but will be available at the pelt sealing stations at the times and places as published by NDOW. The forms are also available on the NTA website.

A second report , which is harvest report on all furbearers and non furbearers harvested other than bobcats, will be mailed to you at the end of the season. It is very important to be accurate on these reports and help our bioligists by providing good data. Even if you did not trap or only harvested a pelt or two, please fill in a report.

Well, guys and gals, hope all is well on your lines and you are staying safe and warm out there.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Fallon. — John Sullivan

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