North Dakota Fur Hunters & Trappers Association December 2011 Report

President — Rick Tischaefer, P.O. Box 334, Butte, ND 58723-0334; phone: 701-626-7150; e-mail:

Vice President — Marty Beard, 9101 119th St. SE, Bismarck, ND 58504; phone: 701-224-0878

Secretary — Jeremy Duckwitz, P.O. Box 465, Hazelton, ND 58544; phone: 701-674-3535;

Treasurer — Linda Penry, 3235 Crested Drive N., Mandan, ND 58554; phone: 701-667-9380;

Fur Harvester Education Program Coordinator — Rick Tischaefer, P.O. Box 334,Butte, ND 58723-0334; phone: 701-626-7150; e-mail:

Membership Options:

• Junior (14 and under) membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Adult membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Lifetime with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $250
• Lifetime (62 and over) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $150

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

NDFHTA, Treasurer
Linda Penry
3235 Crested Dr. N., Mandan, ND 58554



Greetings everyone! Just a few items for this month:

1. Yes, we will be collecting donations for deer hides (or pretty much any hide from a hoofed animal) and a pelt or two for the wild fur drawing. Everything is pretty much the same as last year – deer hides should be rolled and frozen if the weather is too warm – you can coordinate collection with your director or any officer, or I can pick them up on the fur route in January – collections will be over shortly after the close of the archery season. Two tickets per deer hide (or similar species) and we’ll have the drawing sometime this winter. Like the wild fur drawing, it’s a 50/50 split with the association. Tickets for wild fur vary and depend on the species and should be stretched and dried.

2. Stephanie Tucker (our furbearer biologist) asked me to include this information for you:

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is conducting a research project on mountain lions in western North Dakota in cooperation with South Dakota State University. The goals of our research are to estimate survival, home range area, habitat use, movements, and food habits of mountain lions in North Dakota. To obtain these goals, we will be radio collaring mountain lions for the next 2 years. The results from this research will aid us in setting hunting quotas in future years.

It is illegal to target mountain lions with traps. However, we realize that during your trapping activities for which you may be targeting bobcats or coyotes, there is a slight chance you may live-capture a mountain lion. If you incidentally live-capture a mountain lion, please leave the mountain lion in the trap and contact us as soon as possible. We will come and release the mountain lion from the trap for you, at which time we can tag and possibly radio-collar the incidentally caught mountain lion. Your assistance may greatly enhance the success of our research project.

If you incidentally live-capture a mountain lion while trapping this season, please call Stephanie Tucker (number listed below) or your local Game Warden (see reverse side for contact numbers) as soon as possible. Please remember, it is also illegal for you to dispatch a mountain lion that has been incidentally trapped without contacting our Department first.

Sincerely, Stephanie Tucker, Furbearer Biologist, (701) 220-1871,

3. NDGFD Advisory Council meetings are scheduled for this month. Check out the Game and Fish website or call them to find out when the meeting will be held in your area. These meetings are important opportunities for you to interact with the Game and Fish representatives and provide your ideas and input. Take the time to attend if you can.

4. Calendar Alert – The Winter Meet may end up being a Spring Meet because of scheduling with the Extension Office in Bismarck. Currently, we can use the facility on March 31st. The Summer Rendezvous is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 18th at Camp Bentley, which is about 4 miles west of Drake on Hwy 52. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on both events.

5. If you hear of anything negative related to trapping or fur hunting, please let me know. When you are trapping and fur hunting, do a good job out there. Be professional, responsible and a risk manager – there is no need to give folks from the anti-trapping and trap restrictions crowd any fodder or reason to limit our activities.

6. Remember to keep your membership current so you stay informed. Until next time, take care, be safe out there, and have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you enjoy your freedom, take time to thank a Veteran.

Catch ‘ya. — Rick Tischaefer


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