The photos for the 2016 Convention have been posted here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seward, Nebraska. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.
How did you get started in trapping?
My grandpa was a trapper, but he died before I was old enough to get to learn from him. I’d hear stories from my relatives about him, and sometimes I’d get Fur, Fish, and Game magazines with my lawn mowing money and read about trapping. Being a city kid never gave me the chance to try it, but that all changed when we moved outside of the city limits when I was in middle school. I found a rack of Duke traps at a sporting goods store and picked up a #110 body grip trap to give it a go.
I had no clue about what I was doing, and never caught much. I got a #1 coil spring trap sometime later and eventually got my first real catch: a skunk. I also made “monkey paw” traps that I read about in FF&G for raccoons and found some success with those. Looking back, I’m pretty embarrassed about how poor my techniques were back then, but without a mentor, the internet, or much in the way of books to help me out I was learning through trial and error. Emphasis on the error.
I got back into trapping a couple of years ago when I realized that I could take my kids with me. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What is your favorite animal to target?
I consider myself a dry-ground trapper (coons and canines), but I think my favorite target is beavers. To me they represent the classic trapline animal, representing the primary target of early trappers and explorers, and they’re fun to catch. They’re also good eating.
What do you enjoy most about the sport of trapping?
I love spending time outdoors, especially with my children, and trapping is a great way to get the kids out there. Trapping is also like Christmas morning every day, because you never know what might be at the next stop.
I also think that trapping is one of the great unappreciated outdoor skills. When you think about what it takes to be able to put a small piece of metal in the exact spot where an animal is going to step, that’s a pretty amazing skill to have. It makes me proud to be a trapper when I think about that.
What is one of your most memorable trapping moments?
Probably when I caught that very first skunk when I was a kid. After who knows how many weeks or months of checking empty traps, there was finally something there. It’s a pretty exhilarating feeling that I still get every time I make a catch.
I would also add just about every catch that I make when I take my kids with me. They make the experience that much more fun and memorable.
What would you like to see changed as far as trapping regulations in Nebraska?
Based on what I’ve read about most other states, Nebraska’s trapping regulations are pretty hard to beat. Sure I wish we could have exposed bait (bones and feathers), but it’s hard to complain when you read about some of the restrictions that other states have to put up with.
What other hobbies do you have?
Hunting, shooting, fishing, and a few non-outdoor hobbies.
Anything else you want the Nebraska Fur Harvesters to know about you?
My handle on the Trapperman.com forum is “Maggot”
The Convention Raffle Tickets have been mailed out. The tickets are $1 each or 10 for $8. Two great prizes are being raffled off this year. They are a Savage B-Mag .17 WSM rifle with Simmons scope and a $500 Cabela’s gift card.
Make sure you fill out the top part of the card, and if you have a preference between these two great prizes, please write your choice on the part you turn in.
Bring your tickets to the convention or send them with someone who is going. Drawing will be September 24th, and you need not be present to win.
If you have any questions or need additional tickets, please use the Contact Us link.