Utah Trappers Association August 2012 Report

www.utahtrappers.org

President — Kent Fowden, P.O. Box 37, Payson, UT 84651; 801- 404-6511; Foxit101@hotmail.com

Vice President — Travis Seifers, P.O. Box 801, Milford UT 84751; 435-691-8728; tsiefers@scinternet.net

Secretary — Amber Bassett, P.O. Box 25, Hyrum, UT 84319; 435-764-2056; UTA.amber21@yahoo.com

Treasurer — Chris Dew, 382 W. Boot Hill, Circle Tooele, UT 87074; 801-673-9140; crisdew@hotmail.com

Public Relations — Craig Davidson, 84 N. 1280 E., Heber, UT 84032; 435-671-6066; Dcondtruction@hotmail.com

 

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Junior (under 16) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

• Senior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

 

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

UTA, Secretary

Amber Bassett

P.O. Box 25

Hyrum, UT 84319

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Hello all you trappers,

I just got back from the Western Nationals and the UTA campout. I had such a blast, no need to worry I will fill you all in on what happened. But first I would like update you on some UTA news.

The set date for the convention will be September 8-9th 2012. This will be held in Nephi UT at the fairgrounds. Right now we have some excellent demos in line and some great vendors that are expected to come. Hopefully you will be able to make it one of the days and stock up on supplies for the upcoming trapping season.

The members of the UTA will be receiving a letter this summer. In that letter will be tickets for our annual raffle that we draw for at the convention. We have some great prizes picked out this year that I am excited to tell you about. They are : First Prize: Winners choice of a Remington 700 vtr 22-250 with a Vortek Diamond Back 4×12 scope or equivalent value of beef custom cut to order by Loftus Meats. Second Prize: Yeti Tundra 120 Quart Cooler. Third Prize: Nikon Laser 1200 Range Finder. Fourth Prize: Camp Chef Smokehouse Vault. Fifth Prize: $150 pre- paid Credit Card. Sixth Prize: $100 pre- paid Credit Card. As you can see they are pretty sweet. If you would like to put in for this raffle or have ran out of tickets you can contact any of the UTA officers and we will be more than happy to send you some. You do not have to be a UTA member to put in for the raffle.

Just a friendly reminder to all of you that would like to order UTA merchandise, Travis Seifers is now excepting orders. So if you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping this would be a great place to begin. We have hoodies, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, and decal stickers. This is Travis’s contact information if you are interested 435-691-8727, his e-mail is tseifers@scinternet.com.

It’s that time again for the UTA to start excepting scholarship applications. Our scholarship information is available at utahtrappers.org. The information regarding the scholarship is under the Presidents Report link. Just click on the forms to download them for additional information you can email Stacy Dew at stacydew@hotmail.com.

Now for the fun stuff, Nationals was great! As most of you know it was in Rock Springs WY this year. I was very impressed with everything, from the demos, to the vendors even with the food that was provided. When I go to the nationals I always look forward to seeing the demo area. This year the demo area was awesome. You could tell that a lot of hard work and time went into making the nationals a great success. For all of those that were involved with planning the nationals I want to say thank you. You all did a great job.

Many of you know that with my family if there is one Bassett at a Trappers event that means there are usually two. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing but it’s the truth. Well with the campout this year things came up making me the only one able to go in my family. One evening I was talking with Bill Brereton with the trappers association and he told me that I could tag along with him and his family. Bill and his family made me feel so welcome. So then all of us ventured off to Fish Lake for the weekend. My favorite part of the entire camp out was Friday night when just about all of the trappers headed down to the bank to do some night fishing. What a great memory. Even though my family was not with me I still felt at home. Perhaps it was because of the dutch oven cooking tips by Jaenetta Steele or Ken Madsen’s cute grandkids running around. It could have been all of the countless trapping stories, Duane Hunt and Kevin Peacock singing songs after dinner,or even Dick Steele trying to help me out with my fishing line. All in all it was a great weekend. I wouldn’t trade the Utah Trappers for anything.

I hope the rest of the summer goes well for all of you. I look forward to hearing from you in the up coming months.

Until next time. — Amber Bassett

 

FUR SALE REPORT

Fur Sale

It is July and it has been very hot. It seems like the whole state is on fire, and the fire season is just beginning. It doesn’t seem like the time to talk trapping or fur sales. However, now is the time to start planning for next season.

I know that as the season gets closer and the days cool off we get antsy to get out and set some traps. I know the feeling, I have gotten it for over 50 years. As hard as it is to restrain, I would caution against starting too early. Every indicator points to early and flat pelts will be very hard to sell. In my area last year we had people trapping muskrats and raccoons at the very first of September. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to guess what the quality of their fur was. If you want top dollar as well as top quality pelts wait until they are prime before setting out. If you don’t know give me a call and I will advise you as best as I can.

In the next few months I will be writing about the fur sale. Hopefully, I can help prepare you for the fur sale. I will do my best to keep you advised on fur markets and what will be in demand for our sale. I have been very blessed to have and to know people in the fur business that have really good ideas on upcoming fur trends and what will be in demand. As I gather information I will pass it on to you.

At this time there isn’t much to say about fur prices that will still be valid In February. The fur market changes daily as demand goes up and down, and by the fashion industry. As orders for articles made from fur come in, then that is when demand for our furs go up. The only constant I have seen over the years is that well handled, prime fur always finds a buyer. The price may change due to market ups and downs, but high quality will demand top prices, even in a down market. That is why it is so important to start when fur is prime and if you finish it to make sure that a quality job is done.

I would encourage you to attend our convention in September. We will have a demo on fur stretching (wood vs. wire). He will show us how to stretch different animals properly. He will have a booth also, selling stretching equipment. There is an excellent line up for all of the demos. There will be a lot of good information to learn.

If you have any questions feel free to call me or email me. I will keep trying to add any information about the fur sale that I can. If you want me to discuss something in this forum let me know and I will see what I can do.

Best of luck. — Stan Bassett, 435-245-4508, wildfurs@live.com

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