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Big Win For Trappers In Montana, Kansas, and Indiana

Beneath the hype of the presidential elections there were some key issues on ballots in other states that affect us as trappers.

Montana has defeated Initiative 177, which would prohibit trapping on public land.  To us in Nebraska, when we think public land, we think pheasant grass and duck marshes on 160 acre plots.  In Montana, public land consists of 1/3rd the state, over 30 million acres!  Initiative 177 was defeated soundly in Montana by a 64% to 36% vote.  The defeat of I-177 will allow Montana trappers to continue to utilize public ground for trapping.

I got in touch with Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trapper’s Association.  He had this to say about the victory:   “Montana Trappers have won a major victory in protecting our rights to trap on public lands.  The Montana Trappers Association is grateful for the outpouring of time and money spent by individuals and organizations from all over the country in supporting  our efforts to defeat an initiative that threatened our way of life.”

Indiana and Kansas both had ballot issues which would make hunting, fishing, and trapping a constitutional right.  This would make it harder for the antis to get a foothold, as once it is amended to a state’s constitution as a right, it is harder to take away a citizen’s right to do something.  Both of these issues were soundly passed with Kansas voting 81% and Indiana voting 78% in favor.

Playing “what if” is pure speculation. But it stands to reason that without the financial help of the Sportsman’s Alliance, National Trappers Association, the Furtakers of America, and numerous state trapping associations (including Nebraska) and the many individual contributions, to Montana, the Montana initiative would have passed.

Your membership dollars were put to good use, to preserve our way of life.  Remember to join your local state trappers association, the NTA,  FTA, and Sportsmans Alliance.

— Mark Hajny, Clay Center, Nebraska

 

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

Nebraska Fur Harvesters Helps Montana

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters has made a donation to the Montana Trappers Association to help combat Initiative 177.  The $1,000 donation will be used by the MTA to help spread the word and promote the facts about trapping, and how initiative 177 is a special interest maneuver more so than a wildlife protection measure.

This affects us in Nebraska and every other state  because if it passes, the anti trappers can (and assuredly will) use the Montana initiative as a precedent to expand their agenda into other states.

It is times like these, where your membership in one or more trapping associations provides the much needed funds to help sustain our way of life and proper wildlife management.

If you would like to make a personal donation to the Montana Trappers Association, you can do so by clicking this link.  Any amount is helpful.

Take charge of your future and support the National Trappers Association (NTA), the Fur Takers of America (FTA), and the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.  With membership in any of the three mentioned associations, you receive a free subscription to a top notch trapping magazine!

Montana ballot initiative

Our friends in Montana could use our help.

Ballot Initiative I-177 has made it onto the general election ballot for 2016.  This initiative was created by animal rights activists and will prohibit trapping on all public lands in Montana.

Among other things, it bans Montana citizens from trapping on public ground.  This can ultimately lead to additional trapping and hunting bans in the state.  Read the text of I-177 here.

Before you stop and say, “but how does this affect us in Nebraska?”, consider this:  If the anti-trapping/animal rights movement gets a foothold in Montana, it will set a precedent to move in to other states.  Similar anti-trapping laws have already been passed in California and Colorado.

This link takes you to a page on the Montana Trapper’s Association site where you can read more about I-177.  There is a Donate link at the bottom of the page.

Proposed Regulation Changes for Fur Harvesting

Below is a link to the Secretary of State’s website with the final wording for the proposed regulation changes:

http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/details.cgi?proposal_id=0000000000001574

You can click on the link titled “View Proposed Regulation” and then scroll down to page 15 of the document to view changes (highlighted in yellow).

Comments can be officially entered on the website by clicking on the “Post Comment” link. The regulations will be voted on at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting that will be held at the Lincoln headquarters beginning at 8:30am this Thursday (1/14/16). Anyone who wishes to testify in person may attend the public meeting.