President — Marty Scanlon, Roselle Park, NJ 07204; phone: 908-245-2846
Vice President — Jim DeStephano, Newfoundland, NJ 07435; phone: 973-697-2981
Secretary — Connie Henderson, Newton, NJ 07860
Treasurer — Bill Guiles, 73 Beechwood Rd., Belvidere, NJ 07823; phone: 908-453-3536
Field & Ed. Director — Bob Connors, Newton, NJ 07860
• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Senior (65 & over) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Lifetime membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $300
• Senior lifetime with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $150
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
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VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Well another season has ended. I hope everyone had safe and productive time. Remember it is not about the numbers, but about the memories, friendships, and laughs. Those are what make a season worth remembering. Of course it’s nice to catch a few animals, but that is secondary to the good times.
On March 20th we held our end of season fur sale, what a surprise those prices were. No one expected 7.50-8.50 rats,35.00 blanket beaver, or 18.00 good coons. But with 16 buyers ,some who were just looking to pickup a few items for the wall or a blanket, or some other project, there was a lot of compation. Of course the big fur buyers made the sale. Without them there would not be a sale. While a person looking to do a project helps, the big buyers who support the sale every year are the backbone of the industry. Without them, and their support the entire fur industry would not exist as we know it today. When the country buyers are gone , and the only place to sell fur is the big auctions, the trapper will be back to the days of servitude to companies like Hudson Bay, or Astor Furs. The country buyer has replaced the old Rondavous that the mountain men used as a place to sell their fur , and replace their supplies for the next season. LONG LIVE THE COUNTRY BUYER!
Well off my soap box, and on to the next rant. The season of conventions has arrived. These conventions are a great place to pickup supplies, meet other people who enjoy the outdoors, see a few demonstrations, and just generally have a good time with a bunch of people who are there to have a good time with like minded people.
We should all make it a point to attend as many as we can. Both to support the industry and to learn as much about what we do as possible. While you arethere look for me in the bleachers. You can never stop learning how to do things better.
That is enough for today! Remember have fun, be safe, and take a kid with you. They are the future.
— Jim DeStephano