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.
Once again at the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Convention, Mike Lance will be doing the youth trap toss. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Mike has been doing this for a lot of years and kids look forward to it every year.
But we need your help.
We need used traps for the giveaway. Each kid comes away with a trap to take home. If you are coming to the convention, please bring a 1 1/2 coil spring, dog proof, or 110 for donation to the youth trapping program. If you are not coming, send one with someone who is.
If you are at the convention and see Mike, tell him thanks for all he does for Nebraska’s trapping future.
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!
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
In case you are not familiar with me, my name is Mike Lance and I have been a NFH member since before 1984. When the Midwest Trapper (Precursor to the Trapper and Predator Caller) was first published by Mr. Chuck Spearman in the mid 70’s I had an article in the 3rd issue (pre dates me a little doesn’t it!). I’m the fellow who runs the Kids Trap Toss on Saturdays during the general meeting of the NFH annual Fall Convention. I try to keep the “natives” from getting too restless while you tend to the “business”. Which is why I am writing. If we continue to do this we need donated traps from members like you to award as prizes to the kids. I can’t begin to thank the folks who have donated all types of traps through years, but Dave Hastings, Jim Cronin, Joe Jack, Kris McAllister, Don Miller and several others went way above what I asked. Many times reaching into their own pockets and time slots to provide me with enough prizes and time to make the Trap Toss a success. I’m now asking you newer members to take their place by donating a trap or two so the NFH Fall Convention Trap Toss can continue….. #0’s, 1’s, 1.5’s, 2’s, LS or Coils, small body grip traps, gopher& mole traps, etc. are prizes given in the Toss and are currently needed. Typically we need from 50-60 individual traps/yr. in order that every boy and girl gets 1. Bring anything you have to the convention – new or “pre-owned” in useable condition and I’ll keep this portion of the Convention active as long as the members want. If you need to visit on this or about any other topic let me know with a call @ cell # 402-841-0380 or Pilger NE @396-3718. Thanks.