Nevada Trappers Association November 2013 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 T&PC — $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



Hello Trappers,

Trapping season is here finally. Enough of football and tinkering in the shed and scouting rockpiles. It’s time to get after it.

Like most hard bit trappers, I am ready to go on Nov. 1. But at the same time, I don’t like the looks of the fur quality in the desert areas near my home that early. Sooo, a road trip is in order. I have some new country scouted in Central Nevada that looks promising. The valleys up there are all over 5000 ft in elevation and every place else is uphill from there. So the fur quality is quite a bit better in that area in Nov. than at home. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, the truck will hang together and a furbearer or two will show up.

On the subject of regulations, things are finally starting to clarify. Registration is required as we have known it would be since the last session of the legislature. If you put registration numbers on your traps years ago when it was required you MAY be able to get that same number back from NDOW. Regardless if it is getting back you old number or getting a new one, the fee is ten dollars. And is a one time fee. When you get a number, NDOW will re -issue your trapping license with the registration number on it. Then you can engrave, punch or add a trap tag to the trap chain with the number. If you have some traps with an obsolete number engraved, a trap tag takes precedence and cancels out the other number. Kind of complicated and kind of isn’t. Copper or brass trap tags with little clips that crimp the tag in place with a pliers are available at trapping supply dealers and there are ads selling tags in trapping magazines.

On the subject of visitation, it is the same as it has been for the last 40 years. 96 hours statewide and any animals caught must be removed. It does not say “In Person” or tries to further define visitation. For now.

Redefining visitation or changing it to 24 hours or changing it in heavily populated or visited areas is all up for grabs. A committee formed by the Wildlife Commission is meeting regularly to make recommendations for possible changes for next year. And contrary to what we heard before, the rural areas and small towns are not exempt from this either. It is all up for grabs.

If you would like to voice your opinion on visitation of traps please contact the trapping committee by email at: This IS a numbers game so the more that is heard from our side, the better. One could argue that the 96 hour rule has been working very well in this state for the last 40 years. Our furbearer populations are healthy, abundant, and well managed. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

On a pleasant note, the fifth annual Trapper Education Day held in Clark County at Prospects Springs Ranch was another huge success. It was a record turnout, everyone learned a lot and had a great time. Much thanks to Tracy Truman, Kes and Rachel Anderson, Bill Illchik, and Steve our host for putting on a great show. The highlight for me was watching the kids’ foot race in the chest waders.

And last but not least, there will definitely be a rendezvous next summer hosted by the trappers from White Pine County. The time and place will be announced later. But this is already shaping up as a big event for us.

Best of luck to all on your lines. And please be safe out there. — John Sullivan

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