New Jersey Trappers Association October 2009 Report

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

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Senior (65 & over) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $300
• Senior lifetime with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $150

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

Box 115, Newfoundland, NJ 07435


 Well, by the time you read this, the new season will be upon us. I hope everyone is planning to get out and have fun. Lord knows we will not be doing this for the money. Remember we are guests on someone else’s property. And they depend on us to help control the animals that are damaging their land or crops. Pelt prices mean nothing to them, only the damage. So if you do not help, they will get someone who will. And when you want to go back, they already have someone, and it is not you!

Do not forget, there will NOT be a January fur sale. March 20 and 21, 2010, will be the only sale this year. Hopefully the market will have settled by then and the buyers will have some idea what fur is worth. Remember the buyers have to make a profit, if not they will not be there next year.

Last year caught many people off guard. Some of them will not survive. Without competition, there is no auction. If we were lucky, the buyers who support our sale have survived. I hope so, they are good people and over the years, have become friends. Time will tell.

That’s enough for this month, I tend to ramble on. Be safe, have fun and take a kid with you. They are our future.

— Jim DeStephano

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