Utah Trappers Association September 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



Hey all you Trappers!

The convention is right around the corner. As officers, we have many fun things planned this year. To start off, the convention will be September 7th – 9th 2012, at the fairgrounds in Nephi, Utah. Everyone is welcome to come. Nephi is a really nice town. There are several hotels to stay at; some of them include the Safari Motel and Best Western. If you would like to camp out there are spots at the fairgrounds as well.

Friday, September 7th we will be having our Hamburger Social. This is a great event for all of the trappers to come together, catch up and make fun memories. Dinner will start at 6:00 pm and will be provided by the UTA. Keep in mind that the UTA officers will be cooking dinner. This may be a once in a life time event to see them wearing an apron, let alone cooking, so make sure you stop by to check it out. During dinner we will be having some entertainment as well as a Tall Tale contest. Later in the evening after dark we will be watching a movie outside. Bring some chairs and blankets, popcorn will be provided.

Saturday is a big day with many things going on. At the beginning of the day we will be having a Fur Harvester class taught for those who would like to take the course. Class will start at 9:00am and end at 3:00pm, in the south building of the fair grounds. This year we only have 20 spots available. Please make it a point to register ahead of time. To register contact John, at 435-820-0506 or 435-472-3595 please do not forget to register. We encourage everyone who has not taken the class to do so; it’s a great course to take.

We also have some good vendors as well as demos in line. There will be many contests going on for all. Some of them include: Speed Trap Setting, Photo and Calling Contest. As well as a BBG Gun shoot for the kids and a Fry Pan Toss for the ladies. Prizes will be given to those who place in the top three. There will also be a silent auction, bucket raffles, and crafts for the ladies that will be going on all day Saturday.

Saturday evening we will be having our annual dinner and live auction. This is a fun event for everyone! If you have anything that you would like to have auctioned off, or even like to donate feel free to bring it. For additional information regarding the live auction you can contact any of the UTA officers. Dinner that evening will be pot luck. So bring your favorite dish to share with the trappers. Like last year our general raffle will be drawn during the banquet dinner. If anyone needs any additional raffle tickets please contact a UTA officer. We will have raffle tickets to sell at the convention as well. Please note that we will also be drawing for the donated fur prize at the dinner as well.

Sunday will just be a cleanup day. No events or contests will be going on.

I’m excited to see all of you at the convention. I am finding out more and more how much work and dedication goes into these conventions. There are countless people behind the scenes that have been helping me out. You all are amazing and I am grateful to have your help.

If you have any questions regarding your memberships or any questions in general please feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to help out.

See you at the convention! — Amber Bassett



By the time that this report is printed the UTA convention will be right around the corner. I will be glad, because it has been so hot. The convention is a sign of cooler weather to come, and with the cooler weather comes trapping season.

This series of reports is to help you with the fur sale and hopefully will answer some of the questions that you might have.

Probably the two most asked questions I receive are: can anyone sell at the fur sale, and what does it cost? First if you are a member of the UTA you can sell your fur. If you are not then you can join prior to the sale or the day of the sale as you consign your fur. Super easy and a good deal for all that you receive. You will receive a magazine, and all of the flyers about UTA activities. You will be welcome at all of the activities.

The cost to sell your fur is 4%. To my knowledge this is one of, or the lowest commission fee in the United States. This commission fee goes to pay for the facility and all of the costs that are associated with the fur sale. The remainder goes directly back to the UTA to help support our trapping activities. I feel that this alone is well worth the commission cost. But, there is more, we will have buyers from all over the West and they will represent buyers from all over the country as well as the world. You do the math and calculate the cost of driving to Idaho, to Oregon, to Montana, to Wyoming, to Nebraska, to Colorado, to New Mexico, to Arizona, to California and back to Utah. A good bet would be that it would take most of your fur check. When you come to the UTA sale all of the buyers from these states are here plus more. They have come to bid on your fur. They are all there and want to buy your fur. Any way you look at it is a good deal.

Lets suppose that you don’t receive a price that you feel that you fur is worth. You can place a minimum accepting price on your fur, if you don’t receive it you can get it back. The only requirement is that you are there to pick it up. Over the years a major mistake trappers make is that the place their minimum asking price based on last years fur sale. The prices from one year to the next vary greatly. If you have good quality prime fur then you will receive the higher prices. I will try to keep you posted on prices as best as I can. But rather than change yearly fur prices usually change daily.

It is also important to remember, that all fur is not created equal. A coastal bobcat is not the same as a Utah cat. Also a Montana coyote is not like our coyotes. Raccoons from South Dakota are not like our marsh raccoons. If you see prices for good heavy Montana coyotes, chances are you won’t match them with a southern Utah coyote. Our marsh yellow raccoons won’t receive the same prices as a South Dakota raccoon. When you see the prices of a South Eastern bobcat, it will be a pretty safe bet that your Utah Bobcat will receive a much higher price. This is if all of the furs mentioned are handled the same and the same size. The bottom line is that our Utah fur will bring what our Utah fur is worth.

The DWR will be there to tag your bobcats. This saves you time and expense of going to their offices to tag your cats. The UTA fur sale is a one stop shop.

Before I close, I want to tell you something that happened the other day. A young man from central Utah stopped by the house. I was in the fur shed and he stopped in to say hello. He wanted to see my set up in the fur shed. As I showed him how I do what I do, he had a lot of questions and a genuine interest. Now, most of you gray beards know that not a lot of young people have an interest in the things that we do. This young man did and before too long we were swapping trapping stories and had a good time. I am glad that he is a member of the UTA. With young folks like this coming up through the ranks, our trapping future feels more secure.

Feel free to call or email me with questions about the fur sale. And remember that in September is the UTA convention. Plan on attending.

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

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