New Hampshire Trappers Association February 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 director’s meeting December 7, 2010.

Steve Webber and Pat Tate of the NH Fish and Game Dept. were in attendance to provide the Association with a short question and answer session to clarify the Dept.’s position on the on-going bobcat study being conducted by the University of NH. NHF&G is co-funding this study. The study is now in its second year. Collared bobcats have been tracked and monitored in the Keene area for a full year and the second phase of the study is underway in the Pittsfield/Loudon area.

Mr. Webber answered questions for about a half hour, filling the Association in on the Dept.’s objectives, goals and the possibility of a future bobcat trapping season. One of the Dept.’s road blocks in researching northeast regional bobcat seasons is the inconsistency in data collection by states that have open bobcat seasons. The neighbors to NH have never conducted extensive studies on bobcats because their seasons have never been closed. NH is conducting this study to map and estimate bobcat range, populations and movement. A spin off could be data that supports a population that could support a trapping or hound season.

In other news, the Association voted in favor of continuing its affiliation with the NH Wildlife Federation. The banquet committee voted to use Hart’s Turkey Farm of Meredith, NH, as the vendor for this year’s banquet. NHTA Director and Keene State freshman Ethan Yazinski was awarded the FBU/NTA Norman Gray college scholarship for the paper he submitted. Congratulations Ethan. Steve Schlangen has spoken with the Village Gun Shop following last fall’s gun raffle. They were pleased with all the raffle winners who received their guns, and pleased with the additional sales associated with their visits to the gun shop. The Belknap County Sportsmen’s Club requested a tanned coyote for their annual fund-raiser. Directors voted to provide a pelt.

The annual NHTA Fur Auction will be held at the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Club in Gilford, NH, January 22nd. Doors open at 7 am and the first lot will be offered at 9 am. The club is located on route 11C, (Lilly Pond Rd). There are three buyers expected to be in attendance.
Just a reminder that the annual banquet will be held February19th, 2011, at the Bektesh Temple located in Concord, NH, at 189 Pembroke Rd.

The doors will open at 5 pm for a social hour and the buffet will start at six. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event. If you have interest in helping in any way please contact one of the banquet committee members: Larry Torr 742-7551, or Jack and Ethan Yazinski 542-3367.

Donations are needed for the various auctions to be held during the banquet. Sponsors are also needed to help fund this event. Contact a director if you have an item or know of a business, individual or group that would like to become sponsors of this event. Sponsorships come in a few varieties; contact a director for details.

If you trapped fisher, please remember that the association is once again looking for pelt donations for the Miss NH jacket that we present each year to the newly crowned pageant winner.

Thank you again.

Best to all.

— Paul DeBow

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