Utah Trappers Association January 2013 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 everyone! Its Fur Sale time. The sale this year will be Friday February 8 through Sunday February 10. The sale will be at the Nephi County fairgrounds in Nephi, Utah. We will begin to take fur in the early afternoon on Friday.

Just like last year you will need the to call in and reserve your spot in the sale. It is important to call in your pelt totals, so that way the buyers will know what to expect on the fur volume. We understand that everyone is human and if you forget to call in your furs we can make arrangements so that way your furs will get in our sell. Call in dates will be January 7 through February 2, 2013. Contact people are:

Stan Bassett — 435- 245- 4508

Kent Fowden — 801- 404 -6511

Herb Carter 435- 623- 0718

Travis Seifers 435- 691- 8728

James Butterfield 1-435-220-0126

On Saturday we will be having a membership meeting to discuss association business. Plan on attending to find out what is going on in the association as well as to discuss state trapping issues. This year during the membership meeting we will be getting nominations for new officers. Our term is just about up so bring some new names to the table. If you like the work that us officers have done during our term, we can also be re- elected.

We will also be having the donated fur going again this year. All proceeds from the donated fur go to the scholarship fund. Anyone that donates a pelt will be eligible to win some traps or other prizes. The prizes will be drawn during the membership meeting Saturday.

There will be an outlet to sell frozen whole animals or frozen pelts. When you sell frozen animals the buyer will pay all commissions. If you have frozen fur call Stan Bassett 435-245-4508 and let him know what you are going to bring so arrangements can be made for your frozen pelts.

Last year we had a few pelts that went as a “no sale”. Please remember that if your lots go for a “no sale” that you are responsible for picking them up after the sale.

A brief summary of the fur sale rules are as follows:

1. Sellers need to call in advance to reserve a spot in the sale

2. Sellers must be a member of the UTA to sell (you may purchase a membership on site prior to the sale).

3. Sellers must agree with terms and conditions of the sale.

4. Bobcats must have the permanent DWR tag affixed before lots are assigned. The DWR will be tagging bobcats at the sale.

5. Due to space constraints, single pelt lots will be held to a minimum, lots of two or more shall be tied together. We will have string available for this.

6. Absolutely no one except authorized UTA personnel will be allowed on the sale floor.

Pictures will not be allowed other than those taken by the UTA historian.

7. A 4% commission will be charged for all pelts that are sold. A 1% commission will be charged for all no sales.

If anyone has questions regarding the Fur Sale I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions. You can call or e-mail me at UTA.amber21@yahoo.com or 435-245-4508.

See you at the Fur Sale! — Amber

 

FUR SALE REPORT

Hope that you are out in the field doing some trapping. So far the weather has been really nice. It looks to be a promising season.

The Utah sale will be February 8 through the 10th. You will be able to check in your fur on Friday and Saturday morning. We anticipate a good buyer turnout and good prices for your pelts. As always, the buyers want prime fur. If you have early fur then your fur will be discounted in value. But, it looks to be a good year for the trappers.

One question that I am always asked is on lot sizes. At times we have had to limit the size of lots because there just isn’t enough space in the building for a lot of small lots. This season feel free to lot you cats however you want to. If space becomes an issue we will let you know ahead of time. We recommend that you lot all other fur in larger lots. Now you may ask why? Usually, buyers want to bid on larger lots of raccoons, muskrats, coyotes ect. A large lot of muskrats is more appealing to the buyers than several very small lots of muskrats. The same is for the other species also. Bobcats are different. There are so many different colors and sizes that it makes it hard to match up larger numbers of cats that are all alike. That is why for cats, smaller lot sizes are usually better. If you want to bunch your cats together, you will still do really good on them. We are fortunate to have buyers that will bid on them all.

You will be receiving a flyer from the UTA that will give you the specific details. Remember, to call in to consign your fur. By doing so the buyers will know what to plan for as well as the people working the floor of the sale. Come sale time if you haven’t called in we will still allow your fur in the sale. However, if there isn’t enough room then you may have to see if we can fit you in. If you want good prices on your fur let us know your totals so the buyers will know. Last year if the trappers had not called in their totals, there would have been at least two good buyers that would not have come to the sale. And these buyers bought a lot of fur. So be sure and call in the contact people will be on the flyer that you receive. If you are new and want to sell at the sale feel free to call me directly.

If you plan on selling green fur, or whole carcass animals be sure to contact me so that arrangements can be made. Currently we have orders for raccoons, ringtail cats, badgers, mink, beaver, and just about anything that you get. Please call ahead of time for details and prices. If you sell your fur frozen or green, you will pay no commission.

I look forward to seeing you at the sale, and I hope that you have a fun season. Remember, at this time of year to thank the man upstairs for our opportunity to trap and for the wonderful areas that we have to trap.

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

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