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.
Dave Hastings of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association was guest presenter at an Outdoor Nebraska focus at Lake McConaughy this week. Dave had the following to say:
“They had sessions on birds, water conservation, and general outdoor topics as well as Nebraska history. I did the “Furs and More” presentation, which was generally about mammals (well, coyotes mostly!) and trapping was part of the presentation. We discussed animal identification, wildlife tracks, “Poop-acology 101,” and general wildlife principals like carrying capacity and damage control. Trust me, 4th graders were happy to be out of school for the day, and they really perked up when we talked about poop, complete with samples and photos.”
If you are interested in having a member of the NFH do a presentation at your event, contact President and Education Coordinator Eric Stane at email@example.com.
Thank you Dave, for helping to spread the word and keep our youth educated to the benefits of furbearer management!
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