New Hampshire Trappers Association December 2011 Report

President— Larry Torr, 75 Polly Ann MHC Gerrish Rd Dover, NH 03820 603-742-7554

Vice President — Dwight Pennell, P.O. Box 136, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816; phone: 603-539-7954

Membership Director — Roger Burnham, 159 North Shore Rd., Hebron, NH 03241; phone: 603-744-3561; e-mail: nhtrapper@metrocast.net

Clerk – Bill Anderson, Box 114, South Springfield, NH 03284; phone: 603-763-5548

Treasurer — Mike Kazak, 72 Riverview Dr., Charlestown, NH 03603; phone: 603-826-3959

Education Director — Mike Morrison, 737 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446; phone: 603-352-8468

NTA Director — Steve Bennett 16 Spruce Cove Rd Northwood, NH 03234 (603) 496-4353

Legislative Director — Scott Borthwick, P.O. Box 81, Canaan, NH 03741; phone: 603-523-9284

NH Fish & Game Liasion — Fred Shepard, P.O. Box 23, Deerfield, NH 03037; phone: 603-463-7473

 

REPORT

The New Hampshire Trappers Association held a monthly directors meeting October 4th, 2011.

The Association does not meet during the month of November. I hope you all have a chance to run a fur line this fall and early winter; if nothing more than to interface with the great outdoors and maybe bring some fur to the NHTA January fur sale to mingle with fellow trappers, take a peek at how others prepare skins, get tips from the buyers and see how the market is fairing. And, oh yes, donate a fisher!

The Association would like to hear from its membership regarding a proposed change in the NH Fish & Game rules that concern reciprocity in the matter of beaver trapping and neighboring states. Here is the question: If a state is willing to allow the sportsmen of a neighboring state to pursue beaver within that state, should the method and manner of take be reciprocal? More directly: if Massachusetts doesn’t allow recreational trappers to use killing traps in MA, should NH allow MA licensed recreational trappers to use killing traps to take beaver in NH? If they allow us to go down there and abide by their limited methods of take for recreational trapping, should we be neighborly and allow them to use all methods legal in NH to take beaver recreationally in NH?

The association is still looking to hear from a few former NHTA “trapper of the year” recipients to help complete our list that we are attempting to complete. You can contact president Larry Torr at 603-742-7551.

Larry distributed vials for a Cornell University researcher looking to collect muskrat tissue samples. Those contributing are reminded that these are due at the Dec 6th meeting.

Larry is shopping for a function hall, caterer, and/or restaurant in preparation for our next annual banquet; that target date is February 18, 2012.

Grafton County director Bonnie Pennell is this year’s contact for donations. Each year we have an auction and silent auction at this event with donated items. If you would like to donate an item, or know of a local business that is willing to offer an item, coupon, or service for the auction, please contact Bonnie at 603-539-7954.

NH Fish and Game furbearer biologist Pat Tate was on hand to update the association on the progress of the bobcat study in progress. Data has been collected from five collars in the second trapping zone. A new UNH graduate student will analyze this data. UNH is also considering another phase of this study where they will utilize game cameras to record bobcat sightings.

On September 24th the NH Fish and Game Department participated in the National Hunting and Fishing day with various exhibits and an open house at their headquarters in Concord, NH, and at the Owl Brook Hunter/Trapper Education Center in Holderness, NH. NHTA director Steve Bennett, president Larry Torr and membership director Roger Burnham volunteered for this event. They were at the trappers cabin to greet and chat with sportsmen who attended. Thank you guys for donating your Saturday. They estimated that around 200 patrons visited Owl Book.

The annual NH Trappers Association Fur Sale will be held Saturday, January 14th, 2012. The fur sale will be held this year at the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Club in Gilford on Lilly Pond Rd (Rt11C).

Each trapper selling fur at the sale is charged a fee of 4% of his/her sale as a means of supporting the association. This fee will not be charged to individuals who choose to not accept the bid and withdraw. Those individuals who make a fisher donation will not be charged this sale fee. We are in need of fisher to uphold our annual commitment of donating a fur jacket to the Miss NH Pageant.

The directors will have pizza at the 7:00 pm Dec 6th meeting. The meetings are held in the basement of the large church at the intersections of Routes 4 & 3 in Boscawen. If you are interested in becoming a director or are a member looking to volunteer with the banquet or other functions; this is a good meeting to attend. Hope to see you there. We meet there the first Tuesday of each month, except for November.

Best to all. — Paul DeBow, Grafton County Director

 

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