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Member Profile: Jessica Power

Name
Jessica Power

Occupation
College Student – Land Surveying/Civil Engineering, Waitress, and Mother of three teenage boys 😁

Hometown
Born and raised in North Platte, NE. I currently reside in Seward, NE

How did you get started in trapping?
I started trapping all on my own in 2014 on the South Platte River. The reason I started was to see if I could decrease the predator population of turkeys within the area. I had been trying to hunt the same “Dirty Dozen” for years, and never could get them called in under forty yards. I thought surely there has to be more than twelve birds over a mile of ground! I was well aware that the South Platte River receives the snowmelt off the Rocky Mountains annually, causing flooding. Many of the early clutches, laid in the cover of the dry river beds, are washed away. And with flood waters up, means that there are less places for the adults to hide. With further investigation, I discovered the land owner had not done any type of predator control on his land in over seven years! So I gave trapping a go and discovered that I enjoyed not only the challenges but the research of each animal and the ground that I covered. I think I caught maybe ten raccoons and three opossums that first year. The most rewarding feeling, after two seasons of trapping, was seeing trail camera photos of, my “Dirty Dozen”, the rafter of turkeys had tripled!!!

What is your favorite animal to target?
Badger and Bobcat

What do you enjoy most about the sport of trapping?
The thing I enjoy most about trapping is the memories I get to make with my children. I get to teach them the moral ethics and the benefits of managing the predator population. Trapping connects us with the environment and as a family.

What is one of your most memorable trapping moments?
My most memorable moment was descending from the top of a canyon road and being able to see the dirt mound of a trapped badger over a half mile away.

What would you like to see changed as far as trapping regulations in Nebraska?
The regulations are acceptable and honorable to the sport of trapping. What I would like to see is more trap thieves caught, with steeper fines and more community service, given to offenders. Rural community service they could partake in to help farmers and ranchers within our state.

What other hobbies do you have?
Currently:
– Public Relations Representative of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association
– Student Senate Secretary at Southeast Community College
– Leisure time with my children
– Scouting
– Hunting
– Fishing
– Trapping
– Binary Explosives
– “Do It Youself” projects
AND
– Shopping at Cabela’s

Anything else you want the Nebraska Fur Harvesters to know about you?
I am the first civilian female in the state of Nebraska to obtain a permit for the legal use of binary explosives.
You never know what you are capable of if you hesitate and make excuses. So, never hesitate to teach yourself, about anything in life. Be willing to learn something new everyday. And share your passion with the world!

Member Profile: Josh Kushen

Name
Josh Kushen

Occupation
Active Guard (Army National Guard), Hastings, NE

Hometown
Campbell, NE

How did you get started in trapping?
When I was about 12 years old I would go check trap lines with my Uncle Todd and was always fascinated with his ability to track animals, lure, and trap. In high school I tried my hand at calling and primarily stalking and shining for critters. Now nearly 15 years later I realize how much I missed this part of the outdoors and have spent the last two years stocking up my traps, snares, etc. for a hopeful season this year and to share the experience with my children.

What is your favorite animal to target?
Right now I like them all but foot-holds are exciting to say the least.

What do you enjoy most about the sport of trapping?
Being outdoors and in the element of the wild knowing that I can track an animal, pattern their movement and set a trap to capture them and knowing that I could potentially have it all wrong when I do but at the same time still learn something.

What is one of your most memorable trapping moments?
With my Uncle Todd and we came upon a trapped Coyote. It was a really cold winter and their was snow on the ground. She had a beautiful color and coat on her and I was awestruck as a child being that close to animal of that nature.

What would you like to see changed as far as trapping regulations in Nebraska?
I am still learning but, I do dabble in other hobbies like bird hunting/trials and the biggest thing that I see not just in trapping but all outdoor activities is that the communities seem to be dwindling down.

What other hobbies do you have?
Bow hunting, bird hunting, raise pigeons, competitive shooting.

Anything else you want the Nebraska Fur Harvesters to know about you?
I am here to learn and want to learn from the best of them. When I commit to something I am all in. I am happy to be a part of this community and thank you for having me.

Why a NFH Membership?

There are various reasons why people do not “join up” for organizations.  Most of these reasons I understand and some I do not.  Some organizations will blast you with email constantly.  Now that they got you, they try to get you to the next level or to purchase additional products or services.  They collect your information such as address and phone number and sell it off to whoever pays money for it.  Soon you have junk mail from every conceivable related business and robo-calls that we all hate.

I would like to think the Nebraska Fur Harvesters is different.  In fact, I know they are different.

Most of your membership money goes to your subscription of The Trapper’s Post.  If you have never seen the ‘Post, then you are missing out on a really good read for trappers.  The post is always full of good information, how to articles and lots of knowledge.

The remaining money from your membership goes into our treasury.  This money is used to rent buildings and facilities for our annual convention and our annual banquet.  Lots of other things come up for our organization, such as printing costs, repair on our trailer, and other numerous things an organization encounters.

Of course you can attend the convention and its festivities without being a member of the NFH.  But only current members can attend the business meeting that takes place at noon on Saturday of the convention.

It is during this meeting where the organization decides where our money will get spent, among many other things.   It is always interesting.  Sometimes we all agree, sometimes we do not,  but there is always laughing and the camaraderie that goes with having a group of like minded people  “talking shop”.

The NFH annual convention is just around the corner.  It has fast become one of those things I look forward to every year.  Kinda like Christmas when I was a little kid.

The membership desk is located as you walk in the convention.  No one will twist your arm or look down on you if you are not a member, but your dollars (our dollars) are appreciated and are always put to good use.  Come out and have some fun, see some good demos, look at some new equipment and sniff some new baits and lures.  Above all, have a good time and enjoy yourself, and remember, we are all on the same team.

-Mark Hajny
NFH Web guy and NTA Representative

 

 

Obituary: Ray Trompke

If you have been going to the conventions for a while you know Donna and Ray Trompke.  Donna handles all the membership info, whether it comes from online, mail, or at the conventions.  Her husband was Ray.  He worked the registration booth with Donna.  Ray passed away this week.  Read his obituary here:

https://www.kearneyhub.com/obituaries/raymond-trompke/article_90ea8ebb-ba15-539a-8177-e6b628ca1afe.html

 

Trapper Education Details

5th annual Nebraska Fur Harvesters trappers education class.
Always wanted to learn how to trap? Didn’t know where to start? Don’t know anyone to help you get started? Here is your opportunity to learn a few things and meet some like minded people.
This year we will be holding two classes, Palmyra and Laurel.
There will be classroom discussion in the morning and then after lunch we will go outside for some demonstrations. Learn from guys that have been trapping for 20, 30 or even 40 years.
Every kid 18 and under will receive a free DP and there will be plenty of free raffle prizes. Lunch is provided.
Please contact Eric Stane, 402-658-8012 or ericnfh@gmail.com, to register or if you have questions.
September 8th, 2018 
Palmyra
Jones Fur Buying
9am – 3pm
Classroom and demos
Free Dps to all kids 18 and under
Free raffle prizes
Lunch provided
September 9th, 2018
Location TBD
Laurel
9am – 3pm
Classroom and demos
Free Dps to all kids 18 and under
Free raffle prizes
Lunch provided

Upcoming Trapper Education Classes

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters has announced dates for two upcoming trapper education classes.  One class will be held in Palmyra on September 8th, 2018, and the other will be in Laurel on September 9th, 2018.

Locations, times and more details will be posted when they come available.

The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Trapper Education classes are get-togethers designed to introduce young people to trapping.  They are geared towards youth, but anyone can benefit and everyone is welcome.  They usually involve a classroom portion and an outdoor portion.  We talk about regulations, equipment and responsible trapping.

If you have any questions please contact Eric Stane, president and education coodinator of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.  Eric can be reached at ericnfh@gmail.com or (402) 658-8012.

 

 

Obituary: Roger Belohlavy

Trapping in Nebraska lost a good friend recently.  Roger Belohlavy operated Turkey Creek Furs in Crete for many years.  Roger bought furs and sold trapping and hunting supplies as well as bait and tackle.  You can read the full obituary here:

http://www.kunclfh.com/obituary/roger-belohlavy