Nevada Trappers Association June-July 2010 Report

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

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

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

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

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $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

Hello Nevada trappers!
Our Fallon fur sale went off without a hitch, at least from what I observed. Kuddos as usual to Jim, Judi and the entire fur sale staff for a well organized and successful fur sale. I know that many in the crowd with coyotes and even fox were pleasantly surprised with the price of fur.
I was especially pleased to see so many trappers stick around for the annual membership meeting. After listening to what Jim Curran and Joel Blakeslee had to say about current events like the Montana fight, it was good to hear from so many in the audience who brought other issues forward for discussion.

Trappers in Lincoln, Clark and Nye counties in particular should be aware of the numerous land use issues going forward that will affect your trapping areas. Specifically, there are several wilderness proposals, and numerous alternative energy projects that have the potential to alter travel and use in your area. Your Country Advisory Boards should be able to provide additional information and indicate ways in which you can get involved in these important matters.

Just a reminder to make sure you return your Furbearer Questionnaire to NDOW on time. This information is useful in assessing furbearer populations, which translates to season settings. Many trappers have asked, for example, when and if we will get our November bobcat season back. While the answer to that question dep

ends on various factors, having the best available harvest data is a key part of the discussion. There is no doubt in my mind that harvest data and kitten production very much improved this past year, due in great part to favorable weather conditions. My own personal opinion is that since we monitored the declining bobcat\kitten production for several years before a change to the season was made, it seems appropriate to establish a favorable trend of increased production for a similar period before the season reverts back to the November opener.

It looks like our annual Rendezvous will be held in Lincoln County this year. Several of our Lincoln County members have volunteered to take the burden that Mike Miller has carried in the past, and organize the event to be held near Schroeder Reservoir. Details will follow.

Finally, we continue to get occasional issues come up with trappers who catch domestic dogs and feral cats near suburban areas. These issues are usually resolved by Joel Blakeslee in a positive manner, but not only does it take a great deal of time and effort on Joel’s behalf, it also usually generates negative publicity when most of us would just as soon not have trapping issues in the public spotlight.

One of the best education tools we have, in my opinion, is the annual Trapper Education Day held here in Clark County every September. Not only do we provide a great deal of valuable information to trappers, we also educate the public on trapping issues. The Education Day is also one of the items we can point to in order to show we are improving our trapping knowledge base, educating trappers, and doing our part to reduce incidental captures.
Take care and have a good summer! — Tracy Truman

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