Oklahoma Furbearer Alliance April-May 2010 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
http://oktrapper.com

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Oklahoma members,

The following is more of a Fur Sale report than a newsletter.

Trapping season has come to a close except for nutria, skunks, coyotes and beavers. It depends on the area of the state where you live as to whether you will still be trapping some of these critters. Those of you in the Northwestern 99 percent of the state probably have or will never see a nutria unless you look it up on the Internet or the old-fashioned way — the encyclopedia. As for beavers, most of the state has too many beavers and yet, some of the folks in the panhandle would love to have beavers to dam up the creeks and rivers to hold what little water falls up there. Skunks are a problem to people when they smell up the place so we might be asked to trap one every now and then. And coyotes are neat to listen to early in the morning or late evening unless you are raising livestock and are suffering losses to a specific animal or pack.

We as trappers are going to be asked for trapping help on occasion and we need to be able to respond and help. The turkey, duck and quail populations are all effected first and foremost by habitat change and then predation in the remaining habitat. If you as a trapper continue to trap during the low fur prices, you are still helping by managing the predator populations of the skunks, ’coons, opossums, foxes and coyotes and hopefully were able catch some of these critters this winter. If you came to the fur sales or took your furs to the local buyers, you are aware of the lowest prices we have seen in years. There were still fur buyers that came to the sales and they paid what they could, while still hoping and planning to make a profit. They have to tie up their cash for an unknown return on the investment. Some buyers simply chose to close up shop, while others, who are just like us trappers, like to work with the furs and can’t seem to quit even in the times of low fur prices. Granted some of them didn’t tie up too much money, but it is a risk anyway.

Say they bought 100 ’coons at $2, they still have to work up the furs (time that I didn’t spend in the fur shed fleshing and stretching) and then they have to find a buyer for their work. This time, they might be able to sell the same coons for $4 average, then they doubled their money but only earned $200 for their time and investment. That is a hard way to make money, but again, they still love it or they wouldn’t be in it. You can make more money at just about any 8 to 5 job, but this trapping and fur buying work is more fun than any other real job. Anyway, I wish every fur buyer the best in their efforts to sell the furs and make a huge profit. Hopefully they will come back with an even fuller wallet next year ready to buy more fur.

Thanks to help from many people, the furs sales went off without a problem. Several people helped at both sales from start to finish and we all need to say thanks when you see them. Bill Scherman, Terry Waggoner, Vivian and Ron Scott, John and Renee Weygandt, Leo Farmer and his grandson Jacob, and Cathy Sheffert were at both of the fur sales. There were others who helped and I am sorry that I didn’t catch all of the names. Without the workers and, of course, the fur buyers and trappers who brought fur, we wouldn’t have had a sale. I will try to summarize the sales below. The first sale was on Feb. 6 and we had 19 people selling furs for a total sales of $3,982.

And the second sale was on Feb. 27 with 17 people selling $4,684 worth of fur. The western sale made more money for the association because it is more of a bobcat sale, but there was quite a mix of furs at both sales. Please look at the association’s Web site for more complete sales totals and rundowns.

Here is what happened at the first sale 2-6-10.

Listed by Type, High and Average

Beaver — $11; $6.75

Bobcat (green) high at $57.50; green average $23.52; stretched average $16.38

Gray fox — $14; $13

Opossum — 4 bits for you old timers or $0.50; $0.41

Otter — 1 at $24

Raccoon — $9; $4.13

Red fox — 1 at $13

The second sale 2-27-2010

Beaver — $15; $5.02

Bobcat — green high at $77.50; green average $30.72; stretched average at $20.59

Coyotes — $9; $5.13

Gray fox — 1 at $12

Muskrats — $3.50; $3.19

Opossum — $2; $1.39

Otter — $35; $33.33

Raccoon — $12.50; $4.53

Skunks — $3.25; $2.44

Both sales were successful for many reasons but thanks to all of the workers who helped, the trappers who sold furs and the buyers, we had a good time.

Thanks again.

— Shannon Sheffert

TRAPPER’S WORKSHOP REPORT

OFBA will be having their 4th annual Trappers Workshop June 4, 5 and 6 at Gentry Creek, 18 miles East of Dewar, OK on Highway 266.

Trappers Workshop signs will be posted at Gentry Creek entrance. Check the OFBA Web site for location and site maps.

The weekend agenda will be as follows: Friday: set up camp. Evening meal, OFBA will provide a wiener roast.

Saturday: will be started off with coffee, a group discussion, followed by a variety of demonstrations consisting of a cubby set, coyote skinning, Coyote, Fox, Bobcat and Beaver sets, lure making and conibear safety.

Lunch will be smoked deer and hog. Everyone is asked to bring side dishes for lunch.

Bring your guitars for a toe tappin’ time around the camp fire the entire weekend. Bring your snacks, drinks, lawn chairs, cameras and water guns.

Door prizes will be given away every hour.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun filled weekend for adults and children.

For camp site reservations call 1-877-444-4777 or www.RECREATION.GOV If you have questions call me at 918-367-3810 or 918-650-2205. See you in June.

— Janice Johnson

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