Utah Trappers Association February 2010 Report

Utah Trappers Association

President — Kevin Peacock, P.O. Box 522, Orangeville, UT 84537; phone: 435-748-2929; e-mail: Kp_2805@yahoo.com

Vice President — Ronnie Hunt, P.O. Box 65, Teasdale, UT 84773; phone: Teasedale, UT 84773; phone: 435-425-3287

Secretary — Paul Jarvis, P.O. Box 571, Santaquin, UT 84655; phone: 801-754-3739

Treasurer — Leroy Loftus, 1465 E Hwy 119, Richfield, UT 84701; phone: 435-896-8913

Public Relations — Theron Taylor, P.O. Box 11, Stockton, Utah 84071; phone: 801-550-2765; e-mail: tctaylor@wirelessbeehive.com

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 16) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $8
• Senior membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

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

UTA, Secretary
Paul Jarvis,
PO Box 571, Santaquin, UT 84655

FUR SALE REPORT

The Utah Trappers Association fur sale is set for Feb. 12-14 in Nephi Utah. This year has and will be a challenging year for our furs. Currently fur prices are lower than last year for most species and the fur buyers are currently very cautious as to what pelts to buy as well as how much to offer for those pelts. What this amounts to is that our furs might find more difficulty than usual to find a willing buyer. But there will be willing buyers and if you have good fur, you should do just fine. All of the buyers that I have talked to are cautiously concerned about the pelt prices, but they are still willing to buy our pelts.

We have some very positive responses as to the frozen and taxidermy fur. There is a good demand for frozen ringtail ’cats, badgers, and civet ’cats. These need to be frozen whole and with as little damage as possible to their feet and heads. There is a really good demand for them.
There is also a demand for frozen muskrat pelts and raccoon pelts. I know what you are thinking — this year, no one seems to want raccoons. We currently have a really good order for some raccoons. They are for blankets and they want several. They can be skinned and frozen or frozen whole. The same with the muskrats.

I think that we will be able to take some frozen beavers also. They want some larger sizes for their blankets. There will be a demand also for some mink (frozen whole) and ermine (frozen whole).

If you want to sell any of your pelts frozen, let me know and I will give you a price that has been offered. This year, some of the prices that they are offering are really good, and will probably be as good or better than the sale. If you sell your fur frozen, you will pay no commission, the buyer will pay the commission. You will not be able to run any frozen fur through the sale due to spoilage and smell. Call me in advance and I will give you a price that they have offered, if it sounds good, you can bring your frozen pelts to the sale and sell them. If the price isn’t what you are looking for, then you can still skin and dry your pelts and run them through the sale.

I hope that this might help out some trappers this year. Feel free to call me and I will give you the prices or we can just talk trapping.

Best of luck.

— Stan Bassett

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Seller’s rules for U.T.A. fur sale:

1. Sellers must call in to reserve a spot in the sale. Call-in period will start five weeks before the fur sale and end two weeks before the sale.

Exact dates will be set each year by the fur sale committee. These dates will be published in the Trapper & Predator Caller Magazine, posted on the U.T.A. Web site and sent in the form of a letter to each member of the U.T.A.

 Information needed to reserve your spot will be your name, phone number and number of pelts per species.

If you fail to call in during the call in period, you will not be allowed to sale.

2. Seller must be a member of the U.T.A. before his/her fur is entered into the sale. Please have your membership card available to verify your membership this will speed things up at the check in table.

Seller can purchase a membership on sale day prior to entering fur.

3. Seller must read and sign seller’s agreement.

4. Bobcats must have the D.W.R. permanent tag before you will be given a lot number. Pelts should be lotted, prepped and ready to sell before you get your lot numbers. No pelt prepping allowed in the building. When you receive your lot numbers, get them on your pelts and turn them over to the floor workers as soon as possible.

5. If your bobcats are tagged in Utah, you will be allowed to sell one limit per member. Family membership will cover one limit per family member.

Exceptions to this rule:

1. Fur tagged from an earlier season.

2. Fur brought in by fur buyers. Must have fur buyers permit.

6. Sellers will be allowed no more than three single lots per species.

Lots of two or more pelts should be tied together before bringing them to the lot-tagging table. We will have string available for this. Do not use wire.

7. Absolutely no one except buyers and authorized U.T.A. fur sale workers will be allowed on the sale floor. No pictures will be allowed except those take by an authorized U.T.A. historian.

Failure to follow these rules could result in having your fur pulled from the sale.

Call-in dates will be from Jan. 16 through Jan. 30.

Numbers to call listed below.

Stan Bassett — 435-245-4508

Kent Fowden — 801-404-6511 or 801-465-2268

Ronnie Hunt — 435-425-3287, evening calls only

Herb Carter — 435-623-0718

Ken Madsen — 435-884-3482

James Butterfield — 435-220-0126

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