Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance October 2011 Report

President — Tom Peterson, phone: 918-241-2677

Vice President — Shannon Sheffert, 1301 Old Bumpy Rd., Stillwater, OK 74074; cell phone: 405-742-7884; e-mail: ssheffert@odot.org

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

Treasurer — Vivian Scott, P.O. Box 179, Alderson, OK 74522; phone: 918-426-6918;
e-mail: littlerockmeme@msn.com

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

NTA Director — Leo Farmer, phone: 918-616-7662

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
Vivian Scott
P.O. Box 179, Alderson, OK 74522

918-426-6918; littlerockmeme@msn.com


Well I started my report last month and probably the month before complaining about the heat and here it is, September 1st as I write this newsletter and the temp is 105 degrees again! I will call uncle, calf rope or that’s enough, as I am ready to quit this summer stuff.

We have had almost 60 days over 100 degrees this summer in Oklahoma City and it looks like we have a couple more days in store. Hopefully by the time you read this, we have had some rain and cooler temps that indicate winter might someday come again. Who can remember last winter trying to keep sets operating in January and February in the snow and ice? The cold weather seems like a distant memory but sooner or later it will cool down again.

Some of you might get your Trapper newspaper early enough that this reminder might help get you to come to the Wildlife Department’s Outdoor Expo. As usual, it will be held on the last weekend of September at the Lazy E Arena. Each year that the expo has been held, our association has had tables out there to educate people about trapping and furs. It is always a good time and I am sure that we do some good educating the public about furbearers and traps. It is still hard to believe that there are people who think that beavers are rare or endangered.

Also you would be surprised that people expect to see teeth on our traps. For these two reasons alone, our OFBA table at the expo is a great thing. We also generate some new members and interest in our trapping heritage. Please try to come on any or all days, September 23, 24 or 25th. Please call for more info or for directions or times. Also please encourage friends and local schools to come to the program.

Our fall meeting of the Trappers association will be held at Crowder on October 8th. Crowder is just off US-69 about 15 miles north of McAlester. The location is at the Choctaw Tribal Center, just south of “downtown” Crowder at the corner of Avenue B and Bond Street. This is not hard to find in Crowder, just go south of the only gas station on the west side of town and you are there. We are going to have some demos, a fund raising auction, and the usual pot luck dinner.

The association will have the main course of either brisket or ham but please bring some side dishes, salads and desserts if possible. I always look forward to the family like event and food! Our demos that we have so far are as follows, how to make waxed dirt, lure making and skinning and fur handling for maximum profit for your furs.

I know that it is hard to imagine that we will probably need some kind of dry or freeze proof dirt for set construction, but sooner or later it will rain again and then with cold weather comes frozen ground. If you have trapped any amount of time, you will have the frustration of seeing a bobcat track right on top of the pan of your trap and everything was frozen and the cat just went on down the trail no worse for the encounter. Come learn how to catch that $50 to $250 cat the first time with these demos!

Finally, please see if you have a couple extra traps or other items that you might be willing to part with to help clean out the garage and generate some funds for our association.

Anything will be appreciated. There will also be trap and lure supply dealers on site to replenish your missing traps or supplies that you need for this upcoming trapping season.
One last thing to note will be the election of officers. By the time you get this newspaper the ballots will already be mailed out to all members. Please mail them back in to John Weygandt or better yet, bring the completed ballot to the fall meeting.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to be the president of the Association again for the last year. I will be stepping down to let someone else represent you as president but will still be around for what ever I can do to help. Please let me know if I can do anything for you or our association to make it better.


— Shannon

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