Western South Dakota Fur Harvesters Association December 2011 Report

President — Larry Bowden, 27409 Whitetail Road, Hot Springs, SD 57747; bowdens@gwtc.net
Vice-President — Jeremiah Heath, P.O. Box 358, Newell, SD 57760; Kayla.adams@jacks.sdstate.edu
Secretary/Treasurer — Tuffy Halls, P.O. Box 25, Hot Springs, SD 57747; tuffhalls@hotmail.com

Membership Options:
• Individual membership without subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Family membership without subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Individual membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $22
• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $27

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
Tuffy Halls
P.O. Box 25
Hot Springs, SD 57747



Greetings from Hot Springs,

The nights are cool and frosty and our favorite time of year has finally arrived!

As usual I am not quite ready but am close enough. I will set my early line to clean up the skunks and coon about November 20th. That helps to keep them out of my bobcat and coyote set later in December.

To harvest fur early before it is prime is wasting a resource. Waiting a couple of weeks can make quite a difference in your fur check.

The overall market looks good for now. With the unsettled world economic and political climate nothing seems for certain.

Our new website is up and running. It is a work in progress but is coming along nicely. The address is wsdfha.com. Many thanks to our member webmaster Jim Halls.

Please send us your trapping/hunting pictures for the site.

I made a presentation to the SD GF&P commissioners meeting in Rapid City on Oct. 6th. Tuffy Halls and I attended and felt it was productive and good public relations for our organization. We gave a printed copy of our proposals to each of the eight commissioners. Along with the proposals was a brief history and condensed mission statement of WSDFH.

A few of the items presented were:

A. Support and appreciation of the 72 hr. trap check requirement.

B. Support for raising the Black Hills Mountain Lion harvest quota.

C. Support alternative means of harvesting lions such as trapping and hounds.

D. True reciprocity for non resident trapping.

Please go to our website and review the complete presentation under the “NEWS” option.

Following the Commission meeting I was approached by State Representative Betty Olson of Prairie City. She requested a copy of our proposals as well. We had a good visit.

All members will be receiving a letter by mail soon. It will have the new membership application included. We are planning a membership drive this winter. The board of directors approved a new family membership for $15 per year.

The board also approved a Spring Convention set tentatively for mid to late April of 2012.

Hope you have a good fur season and Merry Christmas. — Larry Bowden



As we have a new cadre of officers, I will feature each one in every correspondence.

This month I wish to introduce you to President Larry Bowden.

Larry was born in Huntsville Missouri and grew up around Moberly. His family members were avid outdoorsmen and he was introduced to hunting and trapping at an early age. His trapping consisted of coon, muskrats, mink, and beaver. When not trapping, Larry raised and ran hounds on coon. You can fill in blanks on as to what else goes on during late night coon hunting but that may be a story for the future.

As a Missouri youngster, Larry honed his skills calling coyotes and carried on this tradition with his two sons Danny and Joe and now with his grandson Logan.

In 1991 Larry and his family relocated to South Dakota and now resides along with his wife Cheryl in Hot Springs.

Larry continues to hunt and trap and has hunted in 9 states and 3 Canadian provinces.

He and his wife own and operate Bowden Fur & Firearm. — Tuffy Halls



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