Category Archives: Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events of the NFH.

NFH and Gary Macke Sponsoring Kids Fur Raffle

Gary Macke of Macke Fur and Hide, Royal, Nebraska, will again be sponsoring his Kids Fur Raffle.

The raffle is open to all kids ages 16 and under.  All they need to do is get a finished fur (or furs) to Gary by February 1st, 2017.  Gary is a fur buyer and the NAFA agent for Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming and will be making scheduled rounds around the state (find the schedule here)

All the proceeds from the sale of the fur will be used as prizes.  50% of the money will be paid out to three winners drawn from the pool of contributors.  The other 50% of the money will be used to buy prizes to be given to the remaining participants.

If you need help getting a fur finished (skinned, fleshed and dried) you can contact the following people to help you:

Dave Hastings, Lemoyne, Nebraska:  (308) 355-2439
Eric Stane, Springfield, Nebraska:  (402) 658-8012

If you are interested in helping finish fur for a kid who doesn’t have a way to do it, please contact us at nebraskafurharvesters@gmail.com.

If you can’t find anyone to help, contact us and we will find someone to help you get your fur finished.

You can contact Gary at (402) 394-8117.

 

Spring Meeting Set

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Spring Meeting will be held Sunday, April 30th in Seward, Nebraska at the VFW Club.  Meeting will start at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  This is a general business meeting for the membership to discuss and vote on matters of importance to the organization.  All current members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Click here for a  google map showing the meeting location.

Come hear what our organization is up to and be a part of it and voice your opinions.  See you there!

 

Highlights From The NFH Business Meeting

The 2016 convention is in the books and a good time was had by all.  Underneath all the vendor booths, tailgaters and demos is always the Nebraska Fur Harvesters general membership meeting.  This is where policy and decisions are made by the organization, and this is open to all NFH members in current standing who desire to be a part of the direction and decision making of our organization.

Usually the biggest item on the agenda is where to hold the convention for the upcoming year.   A couple guys from Sidney were here and made a very compelling case for their city.  It was put to a vote and decided that next year’s convention will be in Sidney, Nebraska, September 22 – 23.  Note:  Someone please get me the names of these two gentlemen so I can update this article to give them proper credit.

In other items of importance, it was decided to send more money to help out Montana in their fight against Initiative 177 which would ban trapping on public ground in that state.

The youth trapping education program was discussed, as well as Gary Macke’s youth program he helps with.

Nebraska Game and Parks Furbearer Biologist Sam Wilson gave his report.  It is looking good for a discounted fur harvest permit for seniors and veterans.  Things are also starting to look good for an Otter season in Nebraska, but it is a long process and the specifics are still being worked out.

The positions of Treasurer and Vice President were up for election this year.  No one contested, so Monty Arnold (VP) and Jason Reynoldson (Treasurer) will retain their offices.

Gary Macke presented the Nebraska Fur Harvesters with a check for $800 from NAFA.

NFH Spring Meeting will be held in Seward Nebraska,  April 30th, noon, at the VFW.

Some new things coming to the website will be online membership signups and some NFH merchandise sales.

If you have any questions, use the Contact Us link at the top of the page or email Eric Stane at ericnfh@gmail.com

A Call To Help Nebraska Trapping Youth

Hello everyone,

In case you are not familiar with me, my name is Mike Lance and I have been a NFH member since before 1984. When the Midwest Trapper (Precursor to the Trapper and Predator Caller) was first published by Mr. Chuck Spearman in the mid 70’s I had an article in the 3rd issue (pre dates me a little doesn’t it!).  I’m the fellow who runs the Kids Trap Toss on Saturdays during the general meeting of the NFH annual Fall Convention. I try to keep the “natives” from getting too restless while you tend to the “business”. Which is why I am writing. If we continue to do this we need donated traps from members like you to award as prizes to the kids. I can’t begin to thank the folks who have donated all types of traps through  years, but Dave Hastings, Jim Cronin, Joe Jack, Kris McAllister, Don Miller and several others went way above what I asked. Many times reaching into their own pockets and time slots to provide me with enough prizes and time to make the Trap Toss a success. I’m now asking you newer members to take their place by donating a trap or two so the NFH Fall Convention Trap Toss can continue….. #0’s, 1’s, 1.5’s, 2’s, LS or Coils, small body grip traps, gopher& mole traps,  etc. are prizes given in the Toss and are currently needed. Typically we need from 50-60 individual traps/yr. in order that every boy and girl gets 1. Bring anything you have to the convention  – new or “pre-owned” in useable condition and I’ll keep this portion of the Convention active as long as the members want. If you need to visit on this or about any other topic let me know with a call @ cell # 402-841-0380 or Pilger NE @396-3718. Thanks.

As always,

Searching for the $9.63 (Top Lot)  Opossum,

The mike

 

Trapper’s Education Class being held

There will be a Trapper’s Education class sponsored by the Nebraska Fur Harvesters.

When:  September 11th, 2016, 9am to 2pm
Where:  Louisville Rod and Gun Club, just south of Springfield, Nebraska (Click this link to see location on google maps)

Classroom, demo sessions, and hands on time.  Lots of raffle prizes!  A free trap will be given to students 18 and under.

We will be having coon, coyote and bobcat demos by local trappers with decades of experience.

Come learn the basics and meet some great people.  Lunch will be provided.

For more information contact Eric Stane at ericnfh@gmail.com or (402) 658-8012.

NFH Sponsors Nebraska State Taxidermy Association Award

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters sponsored the Best Small Mammal award this year at the Nebraska State Taxidermy Association in Columbus, Nebraska.  On hand to represent the NFH and present the award was NFH President Eric Stane.  The winner was Steve Rollen of Colorado with a Lynx.

The NSTA holds an annual convention and competition where taxidermists can enter their works and compete with others.  At conventions you have the opportunity to attend seminars given by experts as a way to help you learn more, as well as admire the work of your peers.  This year’s convention was held June 3rd-5th at the Ramada Inn, Columbus,  Nebraska.

Eric Stane presents award to Steve Rollen.
Eric Stane presents award to Steve Rollen.  Click for full size image.

Spring Meeting Held In Sumner, Nebraska

The Spring meeting was held in Sumner, Nebraska on April 10th, 2016.  Topics discussed included furthering the education program, getting volunteers to help at the convention and to help with education classes, etc.  The possibility of holding a State Association Fur Auction was tossed around.  If you have interest or opinions on this contact Eric Stane.

Bob Miers was introduced as the new Secretary for the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.  Thanks, Bob and we are glad to have that position filled after being vacant for so long.

Some discussion was had about where to hold the 2017 convention.

Sam Wilson giving his report
Sam Wilson giving his report

Sam Wilson, Furbearer Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission gave his report on some regulation terminology changes, Otter numbers, and Furbearer Harvest numbers.  Thanks Sam for making the trip out and providing the valuable information.

 

 

 

 

If anyone would like to volunteer to help at the convention, education programs, or anything else with the Nebraska Fur Harvesters, please contact our President Eric Stane.  We are always looking for volunteers.

A big thanks to all who attended for making the trip.  Thanks to those that donated lure, bait, tools and hats to be drawn out and given away as door prizes.  There were a few items left over and those will go in Eric’s youth education box to be given out at the future youth education seminars.  Also a huge Thank You to Monte for hosting and providing lunch!

Have a good summer and see you all at the convention!!!

Spring Meeting Attendance in Sumner, Nebraska
Spring Meeting Attendance in Sumner, Nebraska

Spring Meeting Details Announced

The Spring Meeting of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association will be held Sunday, April 10, 2016 in Sumner, Nebraska at the Sumner Community Hall.  Meeting time is 10:30am.  Monte is arranging for lunch and it is being provided for a good will offering.

Topics being discussed include:

Expanding the Trappers Education Program
Building a list of volunteers for events
Introducing our new Secretary
The 2016 Convention
Proposed regulation changes
The new website
Any other new business or concerns

Click this link to see the location on google maps.

Door prizes will be given away.  Shane Claeys from Papio Creek Trapping Supply has a box of giveaways, as well as a few things from Hornady and M & M Baits and Lures.  There will probably be more by meeting time.

If you have questions please contact Eric Stane at this email address, or use the Contact Us page.

All Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association members are welcome to attend.  If you are not currently a member, Visit our membership page and join today or join at the meeting.

There is currently a thread on trapperman.com about the spring meeting.  Make a post of you need to carpool or have any ideas:  http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5448563/Nebraska_Fur_Harvesters_spring#Post5448563