Nevada Trappers Association November 2012 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 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



Hi There Trappers,

Aw yes, November. It is here. Time to bake and shake. All the prep and scouting and reading about it and talking about it are over, rover. Like Nike says, Just Do It.

I’m going to try a new area in a different part of the state in Nov. and see what happens. Have to admit I haven’t scouted it except on Google Earth. But what the heck. Nothing like the anticipation and challenge of a new area. Usually these trips turn out mediocre, sometimes a bust, and rarely still you knock em dead. In Dec., I am returning home for more familiar territory.

On to NTA business, the fourth annual Trapper Education Day held Sept 15 in Clark County was the best ever. Large turnout, great demos, great kids activities, and greatest location to date. Tracy managed to get us permission to have this event on a private ranch in the Spring Mountains and what a ranch it was. Complete with a large spring fed trout pond. The kids feeding the horses made for a good scene.

Thanks to Tracy and Steve, the caretaker, for this great venue.

Highlights were the demos by the Wildlife Service guys, and our own Bill Ilchik and Dave Raynor. And thanks to Rachel Anderson for organizing the kids activities.

I got recruited to feed everybody lunch and along with burgers and dogs I threw a bunch of venison on the grill dipped in a favorite hot sauce. Since every single bite was gone at the end it must have been well received.

This event is one to keep in mind for next year cause it looks like we may be able to go back to this great location again.

Other things, as I mentioned last month, there will be some closed areas on Mt. Charleston appearing in the regs for this season. And some longer seasons for water fur bearers. So please check the regs carefully.

Let me throw in a safety pitch. When running your lines please let somebody know where you are going and when you will be back. Breakdowns and accidents can get the best of anyone. So please be careful and come to Fallon in one piece.

Fur market update: I don’t have the foggiest. Some of the experts think the prices being paid for our high end cats will help the semis and flats. Who knows? And what are we going to do about it, run off to Texas to hedge our bets? Not me.

I like it that our products seem to set a standard. Kind of like farmers, the two things that we can’t do anything about are the weather and fur prices. So all we can do is work like a dog, hope for good weather, and sell fur at what someone is willing to pay.

Best of Luck. — John Sullivan

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