Vermont Trappers Association June-July 2010 Report

President — Randy Barrows , 88 North Road, Milton, Vermont 05468; phone: 802-893-4258; e-mail: critrgitr@msn.com

Co-Vice Presidents— Joe and Deb Epler, P.O. Box 12, Chester, VT 05143; phone: 802-875-4511; e-mail: jdepler@vermontel.net

Secretary — Deb Epler, P.O. Box 12, Chester, VT 05143; phone: 802-875-451; e-mail: jdepler@vermontel.net

Treasurer — Jim Calchera, 233 McCaffrey Rdg., Putney, VT 05346

NTA Director — Dave Perrin, 2600 Vt. Rt. 12A, Randolph, VT 05060; phone: 802-728-5935

Membership Director — Paul Ainsworth, P.O. Box 118, Eden, VT 05652; phone: 802-635-7343

Membership Options:
• Individual adult membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Oldtimer (65 & up) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
VTA, Membership Director
Paul Ainsworth
P.O. Box 118, Eden, VT 05652

FUR AUCTION REPORT
The annual Spring Fur Auction was held at the Whitcomb High School in Bethel VT on Saturday, March 20, 2010. 48 lots of fur were offered to the 7 buyers present. The following is a breakdown of prices received.

Listed by Species; Offered; Sold; Ave; High; Low; Total $; and N/S
Mink — 74; 47; 10.04; 15.00; 3.00; 472.00; 27
Muskrat — 328; 297; 5.17; 10.00; .71; 1,535.00; 31
Coyote — 64; 23; 17.11; 31.00; 5.00; 393.50; 41
Red Fox — 22; 3; 12.83; 21.00; 5.00; 38.50; 19
Grey Fox — 9; 9; 25.00; 31.00; 17.50; 225.00; 0
Coon — 53; 43; 4.35; 10.50; 2.00; 187.00; 10
Fisher — 78; 39; 41.67; 53.00; 2.00; 1,625.00; 39
Beaver — 248; 195; 12.58; 35.00; 3.50; 2,454.00; 53
Otter — 18; 17; 39.59; 47.50; 25.00    673.00; 1
Skunk — 25; 25; 2.30; 4.50; 1.00; 22.00; 0
Weasel — 6; 6; 3.67; 5.00; 1.00; 30.00; 0
Bobcat — 8; 8; 59.38; 62.50; 50.00; 475.00; 0
Opossum — 3; 3; .67; 1.00; .50; 2.00; 0
Castor — 19 ¾ lbs; 19 ¾ lbs; 31.65; 34.00; 20.00; 625.00; 0
Red Squirrel — 2; 2; .50; .50; .50; 1.00; 0
Bear — 2; 2; 92.50; 135.00; 50.00; 185.00; 0
Deer Antler — 2; 1; 40.00; 40.00; 40.00; 40.00; 1
Moose Antler — 1 pr/sheds; 1 pr/sheds; 200.00; 200.00; 200.00; 200.00; 0
Red Deer Antlers on Skull — 1 pair; ; 65.00; 65.00; 65.00; 65.00; 0
Beaver Skulls — 2; 2; 5.00; 5.00; 5.00; 10.00; 0
Coyote Skulls/paint — 2; 2; 25.00; 25.00; 25.00; 50.00; 0
Deer Skull/painted — 1; 1; 22.50; 22.50; 22.50; 22.50; 0

TOTAL SALES: $9358.00

The beautiful Spring-like day probably encouraged turnout as this was the most fur we have seen at one of our auctions in two years. Averages on most species advanced modestly from our December auction, but were generally lower than many had expected, based on market reports. A lack of major buyers probably held down averages. There were a number of “no sales”.

I would like to thank all those who helped out, especially Dave Perrin, Bruce and Penny Baroffio, John Abts, Jim Stewart, Jim Calchera, Paul Ainsworth, Mak Keyes, Willis Gilfillan, Bruce Lang and everyone else who assisted. A special thank you to our Doreen Perring, for another great job of managing the food concession and to my wife Judi, for helping.

For more information on this auction, contact Daniel Olmstead at 802-464-6344 or email: pppgroom@sover.net
Respectfully submitted. — Daniel E. Olmstead

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