Utah Trappers Association December 2012 Report


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



Well everyone the trapping season is well on its way. It seems just like the other day we were dreaming of setting out our trap lines and now we finally can!

In November the Utah Trapper Association was able to host the 13TH UTA Youth Coyote Hunt. What a fun event this was. The UTA Youth Coyote Hunt is a state wide hunt for all coyote hunters and youth hunters to team up and hunt coyotes all day long. Later in the evening we were able to meet up to give away prizes and plaques for 1st-5th place. I would like to give a big thank you to Ken Madsen and Nolan Gardner they have been the organizers of this hunt; they have put a great effort into assuring a fun, and memorable experience for us. There were also many other helping hands involved

The Fur Sale is set for February 8-10, 2013 in Nephi, Utah. If you haven’t been to our Fur Sale, I would recommend that you come and check it out. In the next little bit we will be sending out a mailing including all of the information regarding the Fur Sale. We will also have an article in the Trapper and Predator with all of the information. For the most part the Fur Sale will run like last year. The procedures to check in fur and the reading of the bids will be the same. In order to sell furs at our Fur Sale you need to be a member of the UTA. If you are not a member we will have a booth set up so that way you can become a member and sell your furs with us. Everyone that brings furs, frozen or not to our sell is welcome to come! Stan Bassett has been writing some very informative articles regarding the Fur Sale in the Trapper and Predator. I would encourage all of you to read them; they have covered many areas of the Fur Sale including fur put up and market prices.

On a different note as Trapper we have many things to be thankful for. We are lucky to be trapping, and to be among family and friends. With the holidays coming up I hope that you all have a great holiday season. I look forward to seeing you at the Fur Sale. — Amber Bassett



The Utah Trappers Fur sale is set for February 8,9,and 10. As of now it will be pretty much the same as last year. Fur check in will be on Friday and Saturday morning. It should be well attended by several buyers. It looks like most of fur will sell at fairly decent prices. Raccoon appears to be harder to sell this year. Also, early coyotes as well as late coyotes will see more reluctance with the buyers. But that can change if new orders open up. So far the buyers that I have talked with think that it will be a good season. They strongly advise not to start too early. Early or flat pelts will be hard to sell, especially raccoon.

I have had several people ask if it is better to sell on Saturday or on Sunday. The answer is YES! There is no right answer. I know people that wait for Sunday and others want Saturday. When you sell on Saturday the buyers usually have plenty of money. If they spend what they have allocated on Saturday then they usually pull back on Sunday. If they don’t get what they want on Saturday then they may push higher on Sunday. If one sale is higher than the other one I like to look at the quality of the fur that was offered on each day. If there is a lot of low grade coyotes on one day and the other day has all really nice pelts then it just stands to reason that the one day will be higher than the other day. My suggestion is that you sell your pelts so that you are satisfied. I have sold on both days and have done really good on both days. Let me know what you think.

I have also had a lot of questions on the frozen fur and carcass animals. We will be doing it again this year. As always there will be no commission on frozen fur. The commission will be paid by the buyer. There is a good demand for some taxidermy animals as well as pelts for blankets ect. The frozen fur cannot be brought into the building due to smell and spoilage. If you sell your frozen fur you will be paid on the spot. You won’t have to wait for a check. It is important that you contact me prior to the sale if you have frozen fur. I can give you a price before you get to the sale. Then if you want to sell you can if not you can finish your fur an run it through the sale.

Currently, we have a good demand for raccoons, some beaver , gray fox, ringtail cats, badger, mink, and just about whatever you have. If I know what you have I will try to find a buyer for your fur. A lot goes to taxidermists and specialty buyers. So far it has worked out good for the trappers.

Feel free to call with any questions. — Stan Bassett, 435-245-4508, wildfurs@live.com

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  1. I have not trapped for several years and have some young kids that would like me to teach them how to trap and put up their furs. I was wondering what furs will be worth targeting this year besides cats. I’m one of the many that missed out on the tags this year. Are muskrats or coons going to be worth anything?

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