President — Rick Tischaefer, P.O. Box 334, Butte, ND 58723-0334; 701-626-7150; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President — Marty Beard, 9101 119th St. SE, Bismarck, ND 58504; 701-224-0878
Secretary — Jeremy Duckwitz, P.O. Box 465, Hazelton, ND 58544; 701-674-3535; email@example.com
Treasurer — Linda Penry, 3235 Crested Drive N., Mandan, ND 58554; 701-667-9380; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fur Harvester Education Program Coordinator — Rick Tischaefer, P.O. Box 334,Butte, ND 58723-0334; 701-626-7150; email@example.com
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3235 Crested Dr. N., Mandan, ND 58554
Greetings everyone! Just a few items for this month –
1. Another fisher season has come and gone – 15 fishers in 4 trap nights. Much to be learned when things happen like that.
2. The Game and Fish advisory board meetings were held in late November. I hope you had the opportunity to attend, but if not, they’ll be held this spring too. It’s important to be a part of this system of public meetings – these are our natural resources; we need to be informed; and need to be a part of the decision making process. I’ll talk in future months about the spring schedule, so stay tuned.
3. The spring meet will be here before we know it! The event is scheduled for March 2, 2013 at the extension building across the highway from the Game and Fish Headquarters. Let me know what you’d like to see for demonstrations or presentations. It’s your event – what would you like to see or do? Phil Mastrangelo plans to have the winter issue of the “Dakota Skinner” out in February, and that will have more details about the event. If you’d like to advertise or list something for sale in this issue, get a hold of Phil as soon as you can. Advertising is not expensive at all and may help you get the exposure you need.
4. Planning ahead – Instructors should be thinking and talking about fur harvester education classes for this coming year. Dates, locations, soliciting help, and passing the information up the chain should occur in the next couple of months. I’ll be looking for the information from the district coordinators in March – that’ll get the class information out to the public so everyone can plan accordingly. Hunter education classes are the best resource for potential students. Keep an eye out in your local area and make arrangements for a short presentation at a hunter education class. If you need help doing that, contact your district director. Fur harvester education classes are for everyone – experienced or not too experienced.
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. For the folks working the badlands, pay attention to the sign and avoid the lions – there’s plenty out there. There are a few things you can do to make your sets more selective if you are working the same area where there’s lion sign: Footholds – snuggle your footholds so a coyote or bobcat will feel comfortable placing their foot there, but the larger pawed lion won’t; Cables – use the 8” x 8” rule (loop size and height) for your bobcat cable loops and 10” x 10” for coyote; and make sure your break-a-way devices are what they’re supposed to be. Anchor both your footholds and cable devices to hold a battleship – toe catches can leave the foothold behind and the cables will open as they need to do. In regards to visiting your sets, do it often and be regular about it. That way if you do catch a lion and hold one, it can be taken care of in a timely manner. A simple telephone call to Game and Fish can get you the help you need, and quite possibly get the animal tagged or collared. It’s important to do things right out there every year as our future depends on it.
7. Nominations will close at the end of January for the following positions: Vice President; Secretary; District 1 (northwest) and District 3 (southeast) Directors. If you’re going to nominate someone, please check with them first to make sure they’re interested. Forward the nominations to me prior to January 31, 2013.
8. As always, remember to keep your membership current so you stay informed. As we go about our business calling or trapping, consider sharing your travels and experiences with someone who has yet to know these activities. Until next time, take care, be safe and responsible, and enjoy what Mother Nature and North Dakota have to offer. Chris and I extend to you and your families the hopes for a safe and happy holiday season!
Catch ‘ya. — Rick