Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance January 2014 Report

http://oktrapper.com

 

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

Vice President — Noel Carruthers, P.O. Box 415, Sperry, OK 74073; 918-288-7437; nrcarr2009@aol.com

Secretary — Cathy Sheffert, 1301 Old Bumpy Road, Stillwater, OK 74074; 405-612-4464; okshefferts@hotmail.com

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

FTA Director — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; ibtrapn59@gmail.com

NTA Director — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; ibtrapn59@gmail.com

 

Membership Options:

• 1-year membership including subscription to T&PC — $20

• Family membership with subscription to T&PC — $25

• Lifetime (Over 70) with subscription to T&PC — $150

• Lifetime with subscription to T&PC — $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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello From Southern Oklahoma,

I hope all had a great Christmas and New Year and remembered the reason for the season.

I hope Santa filled all your traps with good fur and not opossum or skunks.

Youth camp will be over by the time you receive this and I will report on this in the next issue.

We will be having two fur sales in 2014, the first is at Chandler on Feb. 1, 2014, and the second at Okemah on March 1, 2014.

Contact John Weygandt @ 918-645-5667 for a sale number.

Fur Sale Regulations:

1. 10 tags per number, extras at fur managers decision

2. No more than 15 lots on sale floor at a time addition as needed.

3. Split all tales to avoid spoilage

4. Thaw furs but not spoiled as it is costly to sellers

5. Bobcat–combine like size and color

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

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

8. Fox–1 large lot–1 small lot–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 Caster–per pound

13. Sellers move furs as needed

14. Fur manager–R.C. Edgar

15. Have 30 minute lunch break and breaks

Start at 9:00 a.m.–break 10:30 a.m.–lunch 12:00 noon–break 2:30 p.m.–more if needed

16 Furnish drinks during sale for buyers and workers

Have a good season and see you at the fur sale.

We have decided to combine the spring meeting and workshop this year on June 6-7-8, 2014 at Red Rock Canyon State Park. We have secured the California Road Campground. You can secure your camping spot now if you wish to stay the whole time. R.C. Edgar and Shawn Bell will be the coordinators of this event. You can contact R.C. at 405-238-0012 or rcedgar@bemis.com

God Bless All. — Gene Callaway

 

DISTRICT 1 REPORT

By the time you read this, you should have any wrinkles worked out on your line. Over all this looks to be another good year for trappers.

A couple days before season started, I talked to two fur buyers in Western Oklahoma for some insight on prices. I talked to Arlon Kennedy from Watonga and Charlie McAmis of Arapaho. Both have routes in the northwestern part of the state and buy locally in their respective towns. Mr. Kennedy didn’t comment much on prices and I took it that he didn’t want to be misunderstood as the fur market may fluctuate. If you have trapped very long in western Oklahoma, you know of McAmis Fur Company (I sold fur to Charlie 30 years ago). Charlie did comment on the coon market and he felt prices may drop some compared to last season.

Trappers, these country buyers are a vital part of the fur industry! Wether you catch more than you can finish or if you don’t have the time to finish the fur, the country buyer is an important option. Please keep these men and other country buyers in mind this season as they provide an outlet for finished and unfinished fur as well as instruction on fur handling and trapping.

I wish you the very best of trapping seasons this year! Tight chains for everyone… — Clifton Ray

 

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