North Dakota Fur Hunters & Trappers Association September 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! I have a short but important report for this month.

1. Rendezvous alert – Saturday – September 11th at the fairgrounds in New Salem. The grounds are open to tailgaters and supply dealers; lunch provided; a meeting and auction after lunch; demo’s are in the works and will cover as much as possible; and a whole lot of fun. Bring the family and friends to enjoy the day! Contact Kyle Krebs (483-1024) if you have any questions or would like to help. A flyer with more details will be sent out later this month.

2. Fur harvester education classes for this year: Bismarck – August 16, 18, and 20 – contact John Paulson at 471-2178; Jamestown – September 13, 15, and 17 – contact Rodd Compson at 253-6484; Audubon NWR – September 15, 22, and 24 – contact Rick Tischaefer at 626-7150. Pre-registration is required, so hit up the Game and Fish website to sign up or contact the instructor direct. Classes are free and are geared for everyone, regardless of experience. I encourage you to support the program and take a class.

3. Here’s an update on the spring ‘rat float research project – looks like Delta Waterfowl may partner on the project and that it may qualify for a master’s degree opportunity for this level of research. You’ll be receiving a survey in the near future that’ll ask you about your experiences with floats and stationary platforms used for muskrats (techniques, design, trap types, and lures). When you do get the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it and return it in the postage paid envelope.

4. I recently saw the fisher tags that will be used to tag the harvested pelts this fall. They are identical to the CITES tags in design, and red in color for our 2011 season. The regulations will provide more detailed information, and it’s always good to read them before things get started.

5. In late July, we had the opportunity to help with wildlife veterinarian training in Bismarck. Dr.’s Vic Nettles and Charlotte Quist had done a majority of the furbearer necropsies that were captured while conducting Best Management Practices for Trapping research since 1996. It was time for them to train new wildlife veterinarians for future necropsies and research. Those stepping up the plate were our own wildlife vet, Dr. Dan Groves; Dr. Lindsay Long from Wisconsin; and Dr. Julia Burco from Oregon.

The two day training was conducted in Bismarck by Dr. Charlotte Quist, with help from Bryant White from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Stephanie Tucker (our furbearer biologist); wildlife technician’s Matt and RJ; and I. Training included necropsies on 4 badgers and 16 wolves. Best Management Practices for Trapping science and research continues to provide the foundation for modern, regulated, and humane trapping tools and techniques; and accordingly, the platform for an education program that will serve to insure our future will have these same opportunities we enjoy today. North Dakota is an active part of this program, and will be well in to the future.

I look forward to seeing you at the rendezvous. Invite a friend or family member along for the ride. Remember to keep your membership current so you stay informed, and until next time, take care and be safe.

Catch ‘ya.

— Rick Tischaefer


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