North Dakota Fur Hunters & Trappers Association November 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! Let’s just slow things down for awhile and have October and November for about six months. How does that sound?
The rendezvous on September 10th was in keeping with our track record – another great event! A special “thank you” to Kyle Krebs and Phil Mastrangelo for all of their hard work, and to everyone who pitched in to help out! The weather, the food, the demo’s, the vendor’s, and being with folks who share the same passion made for a nice way to spend a Saturday. Chris and I were glad to be in such company!
Rendezvous Alert – We’re looking at the summer rendezvous for either the 11th or 18th of August at Camp Bentley (approximately 4 miles west of Drake on Hwy 52). Camp Bentley has bunkhouses, meeting building with kitchen, a nice lake full of perch and pike, swimming, boat ramp, and camping. Plans are to coordinate with the adjacent landowner for an opportunity to do some shooting (maybe a 500 yard rifle range). This will piggyback on Toby Hauck’s shooting demonstration from this past rendezvous by taking his knowledge and experience and put it to action right on the range.
Twenty one individuals graduated from the North Dakota Fur Harvester Education Program in August and September. Classes were held in Bismarck and Cole Harbor (Audubon NWR). My appreciation goes out to the volunteer instructors who took their time to schedule, coordinate, train, and share their knowledge with those attending. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to attend a class, please consider it for 2012 – you will not be disappointed.
Here are a few reminders for you:
Donations Needed for Fur School-Fur Harvester Education – If you’d like to donate one or more carcass animals from trapping season this year, we’ve got a use for them. Tickets will be provided for your donation (like the 50/50 program) and a drawing held in 2011. The animals will be used in our fur harvester education classes and a state agency fur school we’re hosting next spring. Animals should be in good condition and preferably double bagged, compressed, and frozen. Arrangements can be made with your Director or I can get them on the fur route.
2012 50/50 Deer Hide and Wild Fur Program – If you have hides or pelts to donate, contact your Director or me for arrangements to drop off or pick-up. This is a great opportunity to help the association and win some cash. You receive tickets for your donation, and once the hides or pelts are sold, the amount is split between the association and one lucky winner drawn from the pool of tickets. There is a separate drawing for hides and pelts.
Enjoy your time in the field and marshes this fall, and take the time to thank a veteran for the freedom we enjoy. Remember to keep your membership current so you stay informed. Until next time, take care and be safe. Catch ‘ya.

— Rick Tischaefer

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