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
• 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:
4170 St. Clair Rd.
Fallon, NV 89406
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
On the political front things have been happening fast and furious. We are facing SB213, one of the most onerous anti trapping bills we have ever seen. It would change visitation from 96 hours to 24, require trap registration, require warning signs or flags around sets, and believe it or not allow the public to remove or disturb traps. Good grief.
Joel has been working overtime in Carson City and his hard work has really paid off. Yesterday after the usual knock down drag out hearing that lasted into the night, the state senate natural resources committee voted to forward a bill that removed three out of four of these clauses. Only registration remains in the bill which is now forwarded to the entire senate for a vote. It will need to pass the assembly as well. And be signed by the governor to become law.
This is not to say other amendments or other stuff will be snuck back in at some point. But for right now that is what we are looking at.
Unless you want to spend this summer hammering registration numbers into trap pans, than this is a good time to contact your state assemblyman or state senator and ask them to vote against SB213. We do have much support out there. The state wildlife commission recommended against SB213 in its entirety. And at the public hearings held in Carson, Elko and Las Vegas, the large majority of people attending where in opposition to the anti bill. In Elko, EVERYONE in attendance was against the anti bill.
Other things: I attended a new fur sale in Kingman, AZ in March that was quite interesting. Open auction process and held at the same time and place as a large gun show. Quite different than our Fallon sale in many ways. Much smaller sale, cats only, open auction, not affiliated with any state association, low desert fur versus our Great Basin, etc. I like our Fallon sale much better of course. But this one was well run and prices were very good. And the timing in March offers an option for late season fur. Being a strong supporter of state associations I voluntarily sent a commission check to the ATA when I got home.
Other stuff: I don’t have any details yet for a summer rondy or the trapper education day in Clark County which are both summer events. I hope to have those details by the next edition.
Take care and I hope everyone is enjoying this spring weather. — John Sullivan