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: email@example.com
• 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:
PO Box 571, Santaquin, UT 84655
The trapping season is officially on its way. Hopefully everyone was able to stock up on supplies at our convention. The convention went very smooth thanks to all of the helping hands involved. In this article we will just give a little recap of how the convention went.
To start off we are proud to announce that the UTA pig cooker is officially done! That’s right folks, it has been a few years in the making but it finally happened, thanks to Mike Pay. Mike was able to round up some supplies along with many people to help him build it. More than half of the town Mona and several other UTA members were involved in making this cooker. As officers we want to thank them for all of their time and effort putting together this marvelous pig cooker, Thank You.
At the convention we had many events going on. We had contests, demos, ladies crafts, a Fur Harvester class and much more. The Fur Harvester class turned out very well. We had over 35 kids taking the course, John Fish was the instructor, and he did an amazing job! We are hoping to have this course at next year’s convention. We will post more information regarding the course when it gets closer.
This year we had a lot of participation with the contests. Listed below are some of the contest winners, they did an outstanding job. The next time you see one of the contest winners make sure to congratulate them, they did a great job! For the Ladies Fry Pan Toss: First Place Jennifer Hunt, Second: Terri Underwood Third: Jodi Carlson. For the Men’s Trap Setting: Justin Jones and Kent Butler had a tie breaker for first place followed by Richard Wolf with third place. Girls Trap Setting: First Place Laticia Hunt. Boys Trap Setting: First Place Dillion Shepherd, Second: Jaden Kennedy Third: Sterling Butler. Kids Trap Setting First Place: Tanner Kennedy Second: Noah Tait Third: Westen Sylvester.
During the officers meeting we were able to discuss several things with the UTA member. For those who were unable to attend the officers meeting, here is a very brief overview.
After introducing ourselves, Cris explained that the UTA is currently solvent, followed by Craig with a brief summary of the direction we want to take public relations. For example more exposure with the web site, and most importantly increase membership. This can be members or the supporting member. Amber then went over memberships, and if you are having problems regarding your membership to contact her. This was followed by Kent, as well as some of the board members, with some Bobcat information.
Many people are asking about the future of Bobcat trapping in Utah. We will take a paragraph directly from the Utah Fur Harvesters Proclamation. “More flexible bobcat management plan In August 2011, the Utah Wildlife Board approved an amendment to Utah’s Bobcat Management Plan. The amendment gives the Division more flexibility in its bobcat harvest recommendations.
The original management plan offered only two options:
• Continue reducing permit numbers if the bobcat population is lower than normal levels
• Return to the baseline of six permits when the population returns to normal levels. In 2011, survey data indicated that Utah’s bobcat populations are rebounding but have not yet returned to normal. The Division wanted the flexibility to again offer three permits per trapper. (Without the amendment, the Division would have had to adhere to the original plan and issue only two permits per trapper.) The amendment also requires that bobcat populations must reach normal levels for two out of three years before the Division will return to the six-permit baseline.” To read Utah’s Bobcat Management Plan, visit wildlife.utah.gov/furbearer.
Also during officers meeting we were able to go over the Fur Sale dates. The dates this year for our Fur Sale will be February 10th and 11th . As officers we are excited to get things going for the Fur Sale. When the time gets closer we will be sending out a letter regarding information on the Fur Sale. The information will also be posted on our web site Utahtrappers.org
Of course, the highlight of the day for many of us was the banquet dinner. Thanks to hard work and donations by UTA members and nonmembers alike. The dinner was fantastic; all of us ate enough for two with plenty of food left over. The live auction was very entertaining along with our awards and main bucket raffle. The following individuals were given our main awards. As officers we wanted to high light these individuals for all of their hard work and their many contributions towards the UTA. Trapper of the Year: Floyd Minnoc and Jerry Carlson. Lady Trapper of the Year: Jennifer Hunt. Junior Trapper of the Year: Sierra Gardner. Hall of Fame: Leroy Loftus.
Again as officers we want to thank all of you that came to the convention. We are glad that you were able to come and we look forward to seeing you at the Fur Sale.
— Amber Bassett
FUR SALE REPORT
I just got back from the Utah Convention. It was a really good time. I think that if I could attend one of them a month I would live to be 100 years old.
The fur sale is set for the same time as last year. When you read this report trapping season will be well on its way. I hope that you will bring your fur to the UTA sale. We should have plenty of buyers, and it appears a good demand for most furs. As the season progresses I will try to keep you up to date with what the buyers are looking for. Right now some items are up in the air but it still looks like there will be a good demand. The buyers that I have talked to want nice prime fur. If it is caught too early it will see some significant reductions in price.
There is going to be a good demand for green fur and frozen animals. Please let me know what you have so arrangements can be made to take care of your frozen animals. There is a good demand for ringtail cats, badger, mink, raccoon, skunk and just about whatever you bring in. Just let me know and I will try to find a buyer for your frozen animals.
Hope you have a productive season.
Best of luck.
— Stan Bassett, 435-245-4508, firstname.lastname@example.org