The Spring Banquet has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the Seward VFW. Social Hour starts at 5pm and Dinner is at 6. Speaker will be Furtakers of America President Dave Hastings. There will be a silent auction and lots of furtaking talk. Tickets can be purchased in advance or let us know you are coming and you can pay at the door. Tickets are $20. See you there.
The Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo will be May 9, 10 & 11 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. We will have a trappers tent that will focus on types of traps, pelt identification and why we trap. Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association Members are invited to join Nebraska Game and Parks efforts in education youth and adults about trapping. I am currently looking for members of our association who would be interested in volunteering. Contact Jessica at email@example.com for volunteer information.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association met Saturday at noon during the fall convention. The following are some high points of the meeting:
- G&P Furbearer Biologist Sam Wilson gave an update on the process to have an otter season in Nebraska. The process is more complicated than one might think, with lots of meetings and due diligence. Hats off to Sam, as he is pushing as much as he can to get us the season.
- Two vacant officer positions were filled. Ted Howard will be our new Legislative Representative. Jessica Power will be our new Public Relations Director. We wish both of these people well in their new endeavors and we know they will do a good job for us in the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.
- The guys from Bassett came and gave a good presentation and put in a good bid to get the 2019 Convention. The members voted unanimously to have it there. 2019 Convention will be in Bassett next September.
- Dave Hastings and Mark Hajny gave their national association reports from the FTA and NTA respectively. Dave’s knowledge of trapping happenings on a national level is invaluable to our association.
- We sold the trailer. For those who do not know, the association owned a trailer which held all the tables and chairs, cooking equipment, coolers, totes, etc. The trailer got some hail damage, we ended up buying 2 new trailers, a large one and small one. At the convention we sold the old trailer.
- We kicked off a vendor advertising program this year. You will now see vendor advertisements on the website and you will see vendor reviews on the facebook page.
If you have any questions about what was discussed please contact any of the NFH officers.
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.
NFH Web guy and NTA Representative
We still have some openings for the trapper education class in Palmyra on Saturday September 8th. Here are the details:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 658-8012.
No one really knew what to expect Saturday evening for the very first Spring Banquet. We figured at the worst, we would have a lot of leftover Windsor chops to send home with people.
When all the dust settled, it was much better than expected. Compared to other sporting banquets (Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, etc) the crowd was light. But for the first NFH Spring Banquet and the Seward VFW club it was just right.
The purpose of the banquet was to raise money to start building a
defense fund to help protect our sportsman’s rights. The folks at the Seward VFW club did an outstanding job both cooking and serving the meal. The vendors stepped up and made some very good donations, and the members present stepped up and supported our cause. In the end it was a good time had by all.
Iowa members Allan Sayre of Hilltop Outdoors/Funke Trap Tags & Supplies and Craig Sweet of the Iowa Trappers Association brought in raffle items such as a dozen MB-550 traps, youth trapping kits, canine trapping kits, and copper trap tags (which Allen made and has already sent out). Also among the donations was an ICOTec Electronic Predator Call.
NFH Member and owner of Papio Creek Trapping Supply, Shane Clayes donated several land trapping packages and water trapping packages, which were jam packed with baits and lures. Shane donated a bunch of augers and diggers for the raffle as well.
Other donations included an autographed copy of Hoofbeats of a Wolfer, donated by Kevin Jones of Jones Fur buying. Lesel Reuwsaat donated a full DVD set, and Mark June donated his Coyote DVDs, volumes 1 and 2.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters donated a 2 year membership and a Dunn Knife for the raffle as well.
There were other numerous prizes raffled off, and a few of the bigger ticket items were silent auctioned.
See more of the donations and action here in the photo gallery.
The guest speaker was Conservation Officer Stacey Lewton of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Stacey talked about being a game warden in the state and the things he runs into during the course of his work. He reminisced about growing up in Harlan
county and his trapping and wildlife adventures. He came early and stuck around till the end of the banquet visiting with the folks and answering questions. A big thanks to Stacey for coming out and supporting us trappers!
We are all looking forward to next year for the second annual spring banquet!
The spring meeting of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters was held on April 21st, 2018 at the Seward VFW in Seward Nebraska.
President Eric Stane discussed the trailer situation and explained to the members present what had been done about the trailers. For those that do not know, the NFH owned a trailer that we use to haul tables, chairs, cooking equipment, PA systems, etc to conventions
and wherever needed. This trailer incurred some hail damage. We were paid an insurance claim. We ended up buying a couple new trailers, a larger one and a smaller one.
Dave Hastings gave the FTA report and Mark Hajny gave the NTA report. Both of these reports pertain to current goings-on in the respective national trapping organizations. Including issues around the country pertaining to fur harvesting.
The upcoming fall convention in West Point was discussed. It was agreed that we would charge a gate fee to get in. This will help cover costs of renting the facility, etc. Table allocation and arrangements were briefly discussed.
The fairness of reciprocity between Nebraska and neighboring states was discussed. Also discussed was whether or not it was fair to charge non-resident children the full price of a non-red. license when accompanied by an adult. Letters have been drafted for both issues and will be presented to the Nebraska game and parks officials for possible change.
Business meetings of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters are open to all current members in good standing, and you are encouraged to come find out what is going on and have your opinion heard. We always welcome members, new and old to the meetings.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association will have their Spring Meeting Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Seward VFW Club, Seward, Nebraska. Meeting starts at 2pm.