Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance December 2012 Report


President — Gene Callaway, 16100 W. Greasy Bend Road, Mannsville, OK 73447; 580-371-3364; trappercallaway@yahoo.com

Vice President — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; IBTRAPN@ aol.com

Secretary — John Weygandt, 4720 S. 26th W. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107; 918-645-5667; j.weygandt@maccor.com

Treasurer — Shannon Sheffert, 1301 Old Bumpy Road, Stillwater, OK 74074; cell 405-742-7884; ssheffert@odot.org

FTA Director — Terry Thornton, Rt. 2 Box 71, Hartshorne, OK 74547; 918-297-2073

NTA Director — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; IBTRAPN@ aol.com


Membership Options:

• 1-year membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

• Lifetime (Over 70) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $150

• Lifetime with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

• Youth membership — $10


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

OFBA, Treasurer

Shannon Sheffert

1301 Old Bumpy Road

Stillwater, OK 74074



Hello All,

At the Oct 12 directors meeting we discussed the fur sale changes to help the sale go smoother with less problems, hopefully.

Fur Sale Regulations

1– 10 tags per number extras $2 each

2– No more than 15 lots on the sale floor at a time additions as needed

3– Split all tails to avoid spoilage

4– Thaw furs but not spoilled as it is costly to sellers

5– Bobcat–combine like size and color together

6–Beaver– 3 green per string–5 dry per string

7– Coyote–5 green per string–10 dry per string

8–Fox–1 lot large–1 lot small– red and gray

9– Opossum–20 per string like size

10– Otter– 2 per string– same size and color

11–Raccoon–10 green per string–20 dry per string

12–Beaver Castor–per pound

13–Sellers move fur in as needed

14– Fur Manager–Shannon and Leo

15–Put out jar for donations for carry boys

16–Have 30 minute lunch break and breaks

Start at 9:00 AM–Break -10:30 AM– Lunch 12 noon–Break 2:30 PM–more if needed.

17—Furnish drinks during sale for buyers and workers

The facility in Okemah is a lot bigger and better than we have had before. We will have room inside for sellers and buyers together. There are five or six big doors where fur can be unloaded and loaded easily.

Oct 13 fall meeting started off with the invocation by Monte Dodson,then the Pledge to the Flag followed by introduction of the executive board and directors, The minutes were read by John and approved, the treasurers report was given by Shannon and approved.

The old business was on changing to the Trapper’s Post for our magazine. It was discussed last spring and tabled till fall so all could examine the magazine. A vote was called and passed with two opposed.I hope the transition goes well. As your membership expires you will be renewed to the Trapper’s Post. Life members will be done all at one time. If you want to keep the Trapper & Predator Caller you will have to subscribe yourself.

Under new business the fur sale changes were read and discussed and agreed upon.

The youth camp was discussed. Janice has the District 4 report will tell all. We have two sponsers for youth at the youth camp, They are Keeling Grubb and Clifton Ray. Thank You Guys for the support. There are a few opening left.

Jeff Defore from NAFA brought a $451.35 check for the youth camp which is a rebate for the Okla. furs sent to NAFA. He will start a route through Okla this year. For those who have been meeting Sterlen Kirschman can still do that. Sorry he didn’t get the Okla route as he has tried to get it for 4 years.

Sterlen Kerschman started the day of skinning and stretching furs and continued through the day with fur. He had a good crowd all day and had a lot of questions to answer. Everyone enjoyed there time with him and learned a lot.

Sterlen offered to return at another date. Thanks Sterlen for your work Sat.

Kris Jones did a great demo on a hole set that he did in the American Trapper magazine. Thank You Kris.

R C Edgar gave a demo on skunk injection and essance and gland removal. Thank you R C, also at the auction he bought a live trap and donated it to the youth camp. The trap was donated by Terry Waggooner, Thanks Guys.

Monte blessed the meal. A big Thank You goes out to all the ladies who stepped up and made the lunch go smoothlyand all the food that was brought by all. The ladies were Renee Weygandt ,Rhonda Marsh ,Margie Dodson, Janice Johnson and Cloyce Callaway. From Cloyce Thanks so much ladies. Everyone appreciated what you did especially me.

After lunch we had a short auction. Bill Scherman was not able to attend so a new member Matt Yochum stepped up and did a great job. His grandpa taught him the business. Thanks Matt good job.

Leo Farmer did a trap modification on getting ready for the trapline. Thanks Leo.

Noel Carruthers did a demo on setting the dog proof traps, hope all learned a few tips to help with this trap, Thanks Noel.

Darrell Woodward did a muskrat demo with some new twists on getting rats, Thanks Darrell.

The venders were Terry Wagooner, Jeb Hollingshead and Clifton Ray. They all donated items to the auction,Thank you all.

Darrell got a lot of donations from the NTA convention in Minnesota this year which made for a good auction also he got a lot of things for the youth camp. Thanks Darell for a hard week.

Thanks to Cody Presley for his work with the youth, they painted bird houses which were great, Thanks Cody.

I am sorry I didn’t get to meet all the new people who attended hope to meet you later, but I was a little busy. I want to thank all new members and those who came to enjoy and learn about trapping. Remember this is your organization so if you have any input to help make thing better feel free to let us know and we will try it.

Also a Thanks to Marina Ray for running the Rifle Raffle for the 22-250 Savage Rifle. Tickets are available for $5 each or 5 for $20 they will be on sale at the auctions and spring meeting or you can contct me for tickets. The drawing will be at the Spring Meeting.

Also Thanks to Pam Waggooner and Marina Ray for manning the front table while we had our meeting Thanks so much.

I can not thank Darrell, Shannon and John enough for keeping me on track, without their help I would not be able to make it. I know I have missed someone so forgive me, but Thank you all.

Youth Camp- Dec. 27—30 at Chichasha

Fur Sale— Feb. 2,2013— Chandler

Fur Sale— March 2, 2013—Okemah

Looking forward to a good trapping year for all

God Bless All. — Gene Callaway



Hello Fellow Trappers,

By the time you read this trapping season will be under war. Dec, 27-30 We will have our 2012 Youth Camp In Verden, Ok. Glenda Walls and Family have been gracious once again allowing us the use of their land. I cant wait, it really is fun to watch a kid trap his or her first fur bearer.

On other news, NTA is in the process of preparing the revision of NTA. By laws, it has been the same since the 1980’s and needs to change with the times.

I signed up for new members to NTA and 2 renews at the convention. We had a great time. NTA came and did a skinning demo. Thanks to Sterlen Kirschman for all the skinning he did. Thanks goes out to BJ and Janice Johnson for bringing his skinning machine, and Janice for doing a little bit of everything.

When I was at the NTA Convention I Picked up a lot of donations. The vendors and supply dealers we very gracious indeed. I Just about didnt have enough room in my car for the trip back home. A big thumbs up to Shannon And Cathy Sheffert for all the book work they have done. Man what a job putting the Finance report together. I’d be pulling my hair out when it comes to things like that.

And a big thanks goes out to all the directors and everyone who helped out with the kitchen and the clean up. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Last but not least Mr. President and Cloyce Calloway. Gene your doing a super job. We couldn’t have a better leader to put the OFBA together and go forward.

That’s all for now. Put your fur up right and bring them to the auctions Feb 2nd 2013 In Chandler, OK. And March 2, 2013 at Okemah, OK.

Until Next Time. — Darrell Woodward



The OFBA youth camp committee consists of John Weygandt, Richard Thornburgh, Darrell Woodward, Glenda Walls & myself, met September 8th at Betty Tharp’s home at Verden, Ok. Other attendees were Gene & Cloyce Callaway, Noel Caruthers, Clifton Ray, BJ Johnson, Cody Walls & Betty Tharp.

We had lunch with compliments to Cody Walls for fixing the delicious pulled pork, everyone brought side dishes. This was enjoyed by all of us.

The camp will be December 27th-30th. at the Tharp Farms (same as last year). Glenda & Cody have acquired a number of ranchers signatures for permission for the youth to trap on their property. The youth will have approximately 1500 acreas to trap on this year.

Our instructors will be Gene Cllaway, Darrell Woodward, Noel Caruthers, Shannon Shieffert, BJ Johnson,Terry Waggoner, Richard Thornburgh & Clifton Ray. Instructors will be arriving at camp on Dec. 26th to set up . The youth will be arriving Dec. 27th at 10:00 AM. OFBA will be serving 3 meals daily. Everyone will be camping in tents. We will have porta potties, & access to water.

At our meeting we discussed the menu, kids rules for camp & the agenda. All was approved..

The youth will be charged $25 each, $10 of that goes to their membership. Adults are to pay $20 each to help pay for four days of food. We have a limit of 35 kids for the camp. It is filling fast this year.

John Weygandt will be our main “Cookie” with Glenda & I as assistants.

OFBA has several sponsors that are willing to pay for camp for any underprivileged child that would like to attend. Contact our President or myself for info. If anyone else would like to volunteer their time to be an instructor feel free to contact us, all help is welcomed. If you can’t spend the entire time with us,come & spend a day or two.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at camp. I promise everyone will have a time of their life. — District 4 Directors BJ & Janice Johnson, 918-650-2205

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