Parker Dozhier, long-time T&PC fur-market expert, seriously ill
by Jim Spencer, T&PC editor
You’re going to notice a big hole in the next issue of Trapper & Predator Caller. It’s the first issue since January 1983 that doesn’t have a new, up-to-date “Fur Market Report” from Parker Dozhier. In early January, soon before deadline day, Managing Editor Jared Blohm received a note from Parker saying that he’d just found out he had a serious illness and that he would no longer be able to write his “Fur Market Report.”
So, for the first time in nearly three decades, this magazine does not have a comprehensive and fresh market report. We’re re-running the “Market Briefs” and “Regional Reports” from the January issue, and that information is still mostly accurate. We are currently searching for another experienced fur market analyst to take Parker’s place in the magazine.
That, of course, is going to be difficult. No one is irreplaceable, but Dozhier comes as close as anybody I’ve ever known. He’s possibly the most knowledgeable fur market analyst in the world. Certainly, there’s no one in the business with a wider circle of friends, sources and business acquaintances throughout the industry, nor anyone with more skill at pulling accurate information out of all those sources.
I talked to Parker soon after he gave us the bad news. As I said, his illness is serious, but when we talked, he was in good spirits. In typical Parker fashion, he was busy making plans and getting his ducks in a row. “I’ve got some serious decisions to make in the near future,” he said, “and I can’t help but feel I’m letting a lot of people down by not being able to continue writing the market report.”
Which, of course, isn’t true. He’s given more than his pound of flesh to the trapping industry. Since he was a young man growing up in Brinkley, Ark., he’s been involved in — and pretty much consumed by — the fur business. He comes by it honestly — his dad was a fur and pecan buyer, and the elder Dozhier taught his son the ropes. After a brief stint as a television newsman in Little Rock, Parker “dropped out,” moved to a mountaintop in the Ouachita Mountains and got back to doing what he loved — messing around with fur.
As a trapper and fur buyer, he’s traveled the world, hitting every continent except Australia. Almost single-handedly, he opened the otter and muskrat fur trade with China, making the first shipment of about 3,000 otters to that country in 1985. Trappers across the country owe him a huge debt, and I’m proud to be able to count his as a friend.
I asked Parker if I could put his address in this message, in case folks wanted to send notes or cards. He said that would be fine, and again in typical Dozhier fashion, added, “I think those PETA folks have stopped trying to take me down anyway. And if they do come, I hope they come to the front door.”
Somehow, I don’t think that would be a very wise thing to do. Here’s his mailing address: Parker Dozhier, 262 Sharon Terrace, Hot Springs, AR 71913. He can also be reached by e-mail at HeTraps@aol.com.
Drop him a note if you get a chance; even tough, old trappers need cheering up sometimes.
Jim Spencer, of Calico Rock, Ark., is executive editor of T&PC. To contact Jim, send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit his website at www.treblehookunlimited.com.