Nevada Trappers Association March 2011 Report

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

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

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

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

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to T&PC — $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

http://www.nvtrappers.com

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

First, I owe an apology to the trappers of Nevada and to Joel Blakeslee (association President) in particular. Some time ago I volunteered to do this monthly article in order to relieve some of the time commitment that Joel had undertaken on behalf of the association. It just seems like the month gets away from me before I get something written and off to the editor. Now some trappers have blamed Joel for my slothfulness and that’s not right. The trappers of Nevada and Joel deserve better, so I promise I will make every issue from here on out.

Second, the season is more than half over and by the time you read this, the fur sale will be history. I want to thank Jim and Judi Curran, and all their hard working staff for their hard work before, during and after the sale; for their patience with impatient trappers; and for hanging in there year after year doing a thankless task for the benefit of every association member.

Third, on the legislative agenda, the Trailsafe Petition to restrict certain trapping within a limited distance of certain types of structures was denied by the Wildlife Commission. As an association, we felt it appropriate to work with the Trailsafe folks on this petition so that we could minimize its effect, modify its language, and have a tremendous amount of input in the process. Now that the petition has been denied, it appears Trailsafe will try their hand at the legislature where our association has far less control of the process so keep your fingers crossed.

Fourth, I would be interested to hear your input on the 2010-2011 cat harvest, and what position you think the association should take in the upcoming year on the proposed bobcat season. Some alternatives would be to: (1) leave the season as it is, (2) open the season November 1 like it used to be but close it the second or third week of February, (3) open the season December 1 and close it the end of February, or (4) open the season November 1 and close it the end of February (like the season was prior to the establishment of the current season). NDOW will provide its recommendation based on harvest data, including the bobcat jaw data, but it helps to have your input as well.

Finally, I hope each one of you has a safe and productive season. There will be a summer Rendezvous and probably a Trapper Education Day in September. Please come and support these events – don’t just be a trapper in November through February. Be a year-round trapper by supporting these events.

— Tracy Truman

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