New Jersey Fur Harvesters February 2009 Report

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

Vice President — Dick Webber, 577 Macopin Rd., West Milford, NJ 07480; phone: 973-697-1814; e-mail:

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

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

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

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

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


NJFH Members,

I hope everyone had nice and safe Holidays. The early reports I was hearing on beaver and otter trapping were about par for the course. There was some complaining of snow in the northern part of the state and not too many beaver in the extreme southern part of the state! Either way I hope everyone is having a successful season.

At the time of this writing, I am not hitting the muskrats too hard because of the Holidays and for some reason there were a lot of smaller muskrats this year. I will be talking to Andy Burnett about this, but I think the muskrats had a late litter and I would like to know if it had possibly anything to do with the Mothers Day storm we had in the Spring. In that storm, we had very high tides that lasted for a few days and that rarely happens that time of the year. Of course, that is the time of the year the muskrats have their first litter and from what I am told many of the young can die in those conditions.

I missed writing a report for T&PC last month because I was too busy (and excited) getting things ready for my annual PA deer-hunting trip. I would like to thank Jay for getting his report in on time because Jay is always on the ball!

The NJFH convention in November was one of the best-attended conventions we had yet! Many of the newer members and many of the members we have had for years also attended the convention. If for whatever reason you missed the convention, you sure missed a good one! I would like to thank everyone who donated items for the auction, which made the auction a success! Next year I promise to have a list of people that donated items for the auction and have their names written so everyone knows how thankful we really are.

The NJFH sent a Christmas newsletter out to the members and if for some reason you didn’t receive one please contact me or Jay and we will be sure you get a copy of this one and get the mailing list fixed for the future. In the newsletter, I mentioned I will step down as President at the Spring Meeting. I think this will be a positive move for the NJFH because it is time for new people with new ideas and energy for the group. Jay is also looking for someone to help him out and eventually taking over his job. Jay is a great secretary and does more work than most people realize, but he is also full of knowledge.

Anybody that learns from Jay is only going to be that much better and more knowledgeable of being a secretary for the NJFH! So please contact me or Jay and if you decide you might want to run for President, I will always try to help you as much as I can!

Enjoy the rest of the trapping season.

— Curt Haberman

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