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
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.
On October 15th I gave an introduction to trapping class at the Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. We had 28 attendees that included adults, male and female, and several kids.
Most everyone had done a little trapping but when asked why they were attending most answered that they wanted to learn more about the basics. Some had trapped last year for the first time and some hadn’t trapped for a few years. We had a good mix of ages and experience.
We covered why we trap and the consequences of not trapping even when the market is in a downturn. Regulations were discussed to make everyone aware of the importance of knowing your regulations before heading afield to set traps.
The second part we covered was ethics and making the right decisions when determining when and where to set traps. After that we got into the basic equipment and sets along with what to do after you harvested a fur bearer. We talked about different ways to market your catch and options to achieve that.
It was a great group with lots of questions and answers afterwards. The Game and Parks wants to provide this class a couple of times a year. If you are interested in this type of class please contact the game and parks to let them know and they can schedule more classes in the future.
Eric Stane — Nebraska Fur Harvesters President and Education Coordinator
At the 2015 Fall meeting, NFH elected Eric Stane as new President to replace Adam Duryea who’s term was up. Eric answered a few questions about himself and his upcoming role in the Nebraska Fur harvesters:
How did you get started in trapping?
I picked up a copy of Fur Fish and Game in the high school library and borrowed a few traps from a friend. I just thought it looked interesting and never thought I would still be doing it 30 years later.
Why did you join The Nebraska Fur Harvesters?
To help further educate the younger generation and to see that our sport is available to them in the future.
As President of the NFH, what would you like to see accomplished?
North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) donates to trapper associations each year. Based on the volume of fur that was delivered to NAFA this year, the Nebraska Fur Harvesters were given a check for over $1,300, presented by Virgil Schroeder to current President Adam Duryea at the 2015 Fall Convention.