Category Archives: Nebraska Fur Harvesters News

News pertaining primarily to the Nebraska Fur Harvesters and its members.

Spring Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder to attend the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Spring Meeting.

The meeting will be Sunday, April 30th, 2017 in Seward at the VFW.   Meeting starts at noon and lunch will be served.  Map this location.

All current members are encouraged to attend.  Come bring your ideas and hear what we are up to.  We have a lot to cover this time!

As always, there will be raffle prizes and give-aways!

 

Reminder: Fill Out Those Surveys!!

Annually, the Nebraska Game and Parks commission will mail out (or email) surveys to permit holders.  These are sent out to holders of fur harvest permits as well as hunting, big game and waterfowl hunting permits.

The surveys are anonymous and the responses provide valuable information to our wildlife biologists.  Using this information, they can set season dates, daily bag limits, and keep a handle on populations.

According to the most recent fur harvest survey, only 16% of those surveyed actually returned their survey.

As good stewards of our resources, we take the responsibility of purchasing permits to take part in these activities.  We also need to take the responsibility of providing feedback to the commission on our experiences.  Remember, the surveys are anonymous.

 

Online Membership Buy/Renew Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that you can now purchase your membership or renewal to the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association online.

Our new membership page allows you to pay for your membership or renewal safely and securely using PayPal.  You do not need a PayPal account.  You can pay using a credit or debit card.

Just click the Membership option on the menu, or click here to go directly to the Membership page.

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NFH and Gary Macke Sponsoring Kids Fur Raffle

Gary Macke of Macke Fur and Hide, Royal, Nebraska, will again be sponsoring his Kids Fur Raffle.

The raffle is open to all kids ages 16 and under.  All they need to do is get a finished fur (or furs) to Gary by February 1st, 2017.  Gary is a fur buyer and the NAFA agent for Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming and will be making scheduled rounds around the state (find the schedule here)

All the proceeds from the sale of the fur will be used as prizes.  50% of the money will be paid out to three winners drawn from the pool of contributors.  The other 50% of the money will be used to buy prizes to be given to the remaining participants.

If you need help getting a fur finished (skinned, fleshed and dried) you can contact the following people to help you:

Dave Hastings, Lemoyne, Nebraska:  (308) 355-2439
Eric Stane, Springfield, Nebraska:  (402) 658-8012

If you are interested in helping finish fur for a kid who doesn’t have a way to do it, please contact us at nebraskafurharvesters@gmail.com.

If you can’t find anyone to help, contact us and we will find someone to help you get your fur finished.

You can contact Gary at (402) 394-8117.

 

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

Convention Raffle Tickets

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.

2016 Convention Raffle Tickets
2016 Convention Raffle Tickets

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!