New Jersey Fur Harvesters June 2011 Report

President — Curt Haberman, 500 Pennsylvania Ave., Somers Point, NJ 08244; phone: 609-927-5773; e-mail: mudtrapper@yahoo.com

Vice President — Fred Stine, 149 Winding Brook Ln., Califon, NJ 07830; phone: 908-832-6998

Secretary — Jay Mounier, 1765 Dutch Mill Rd., Franklinville, NJ 08322-2122; phone: 856-697-1007; e-mail: jemounier@juno.com

Treasurer — Steve Decker, P.O. Box 197, Netcong, NJ 07857; phone: 973-448-0145; e-mail: trapworld2000@yahoo.com

Membership Officer — Ron Diehl, 852 Berkeley Ave., Beechwood, NJ 08722; phone: 908-783-3090; e-mail: trapperron2003@yahoo.com

NTA Director — Fred Stine, 149 Winding Brook Ln., Califon, NJ 07830; phone: 908-832-6998

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25.00
• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30.00
• Junior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $18.00
• Senior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $18.00

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

NJFH, Membership Officer
Ron Diehl
852 Berkeley Ave., Beechwood, NJ 08722

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hi Everyone,

I hope all is well now that spring has almost arrived. All though it should be a lot warmer as you read this, vs. when I am writing this. Anyhow, march 20th, we had our fur collection and spring meeting. I thought that it was well attended, even with the less than average catch this year. Our fur manger sent me a report on the total’s of pelts ship. Beaver 72, coyote 2, Raccoon 303, Opossum 20, Skunks 3, Gray Fox 10, Red Fox 152, Mink 34, Muskrat 2834, and Squirrel 2. Last year was much more and better weather.

We had two guest speakers, Michael Valent who is in charge of the Bobcat study and Andrew Burnett our fur bearer Biologist. I would like to thank the both of them for coming out and taking their time to give us their reports.

Things discussed. I am sure our secretary can give a better run down on the minuets

We are going to have more meetings; our next meeting will be Sun, May 15 at Basto Village. We are setting up our booth at the Decoy show. If you can make it give one of our officers a call so we know if you are coming and I can give you directions and exact time. Their, we will talk about our summer meeting and BBQ in July.
We are going to also have a new web site, more modern and a lot better for communication and education. This new site will have a talk forum for Q&A, as well as a buy, sell, trade, section. There will also be many links to other educational sites as well as trying to pay your Dues on line. We will send out notices when we are up and running.

We also decided not to run the add in the Fish & Game Digest this year. In the past two years we only received about a half dozen responses on that add, and we will save us around $350 by removing it. We also feel that we can reach more people on the web site. There will be a lot more to talk about at the May meeting so please try to attend. Hope to see you their Ron TIP; If a confrontation with a skunk didn’t go well, try peroxide, baking soda, dish soap in warm water to remove the smell. Clothes can be replaced!

— Ron Diehl

SECRETARY’S REPORT

NJFH held the Spring Meeting on March 20th. Meeting minutes are as follows; NJFH is looking for a Legislative Officer to keep up with current and upcoming legislation related to trapping. Ed McCay has volunteered as convention coordinator for the Fall convention in early November. Our FTA director’s report (Joe Papai) informed us of The Trapline Chronicles in our DVD library available to members produced by the FTA and donations are being solicited for a new production. The FTA is raffling off a new Polaris ATV and The FTA convention is in Dunkirk, NY in June. NTA Officers report (Fred Stine) informed us of the NE Leadership conference April 30th and NJFH has put up $300 for the sweepstakes. Our NTA membership is 101 members from NJ good work!

NJFH will be stepping up our website presence, with some help we will be trying out online registration, merchandise and a chat room. We are also looking for recipes to include in a fundraiser cookbook anything game related is appreciated send by post or email to any of our officers. We were excited to see Mick Valent of the NJ Endangered Species program present his work with the Bobcat in NJ. The numbers of animals are concentrated in the NW part of the state but Mick is looking for info from around the state to support his efforts. Thanks Mick!

NJ Fur Biologist Andrew Burnett presented his report for the Beaver and Otter collection 57 otter carcass were turned in and 422 beaver were harvested. Some upcoming changes in the Beaver regulation are forthcoming so look for that this year. 960 registered trappers in NJ! Also a state wide river otter survey is being conducted with floats on many area rivers and streams you will know them when you see them.

NJFH events, Boy Scout Jamboree April 30th Blairstown, NJ, Batsto Village Decoy Show May 15. NJFH will have a meeting and booth at this location. Sept 24th and 25th Tuckerton Decoy Show. We will have a booth stop by and say hi! and Sportsman Jamboree Aug 27th Millville area. NJFH donated $200 to Hunter Helping the Hungry for deer processing fees (this feeds a lot of people in NJ. All officers were re-elected to their positions.

— Andy Janson

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