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.
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 Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association will have it’s Spring Meeting on April 21st, 2018 in Seward, Nebraska at the Seward VFW.
We are excited to announce that in addition to the meeting, new this year will be the NFH Spring Banquet, held in the evening after the meeting. Proceeds from the banquet will be used to help build a defense fund, to be used in legally defending our rights as trappers and fur harvesters if the need shall ever arise.
Details for the banquet will be released as they come available. But there will be a guest speaker, awesome food (steak and sides), and a silent auction/raffle full of great stuff that you as a sportsman will find good use for.