Nevada Trappers Association January 2013 Report

http://www.nvtrappers.org

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

Vice President — John Sullivan; 702-493-8342; johnsull4@aol.com

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

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Greetings,

Trapping season is in full swing and the weather has been very fair and mild pretty much statewide. Most of the gray fox that I have seen have been gorgeous, so I have a hunch its going to get cold before its over.

My line has been productive but not on fire. It’s funny how no two years are ever alike. You go back into to the old hot spots and they are dead. And places that look very mediocre may produce. That is what makes this game so interesting and difficult at times.

It seems to me bobcats in particular are easy to catch and hard to find. When you find them than life is very good indeed. But here today and gone tomorrow seems to be the rule. A very good trapper from Baker once told me that cats were like a school of fish. Slim Pedersen’s book says about the same thing. Migration takes place over and over. The whole school kind of moves around from one area to another. If you are fishing where they ain’t then it will be a lot of checking empty traps.

On the political front, we will probably have some battles in the legislature this year. And we may need you to contact your asemblyman or state senator. Having trappers attend the county advisory board meetings and giving input to the state commission is very important as well.

There is a battle brewing over the use of dogs for bear hunting. While not a trapping issue we certainly want to support our hunting groups who have offered so much support to us over the years.

By next month, I hope to have an answer on filling out the summary forms on bobcat data that in past years went along with filling in a data card on each every lower jaw. I have a call in to NDOW and waiting to hear back. As you probably know, trappers received the usual letter from NDOW this year but minus the jaw tags and minus the summary report form. Instructions said to contact them to get jaw tags but no mention of the summary report.

The jaw tags pretty much contain all the data necessary to complete the summary. Before you turn in the jaws for the pelt seals, you might jot down the info off of each tag and keep it somewhere in case you need it to complete the summary later.

Well, that’s all she wrote for now.

Be safe out there. Take some provisions in case of a breakdown. Tell somewhere where you went and when you are due back. — John Sullivan

 

Breaking News:

I just talked with NDOW about the summary report on bobcat harvests for this year.

This report will be required and the report forms will be available at the tagging stations as well as on the NTA website.

You will not be able to get the pelts sealed without the summary report which is in addition to the individual jaw tags.

Also one other important thing in the form of a request: the year end report on all species other than bobcats is also very important. If you called in a few coyotes and bought a trapping license to sell the pelts, please take time to fill out the report on these. Same goes for everything trapped. Accurate data and good science is very important to defend trapping and what we do. The bobcat summary report which is mandatory to seal and sell and possess bobcats pelts is mandatory. The summary report on all species harvested other than bobcats comes to you in the mail at the end of the season. And is important too.

Thanks guys and guys. Be safe and have fun out there. — John Sullivan

 

FUR MANAGER’S REPORT

The Nevada Fur Sale will again be held at the Fallon Convention Center on February 22, 23 & 24th. Reservations are required as the facility and the buyers can only handle so much fur on each day. Existing NVTA members will be given first priority for reservations. The only major change from the past sales is that checks will not be sent out until the following Saturday at the latest. This change is a necessity due to out-of-state buyer’s checks clearing the bank.

Reservations can be made by calling Jim or Judi at (775) 867-2239 after the first of the year. Hope all of you have a great season. — Jim Curran

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