Aug/Sept Executive Director’s Report Jul 15, 2019 15:40:30 GMT -5 Bearcreek, pappy, and 1 more like this
Post by kytrapper on Jul 15, 2019 15:40:30 GMT -5
Hello again UTK members. Our fall meet will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Whitley County Cooperative Extension Office in Goldbug, Ky. It is very easy to find as it’s just off Exit 15 of I-75 then about a quarter mile west and on the left. All UTK members will receive a fall newsletter with listed demos and activities. I have three dealers committed already and several demo slots are already filled.
We are plannng a fun beaver skinning competition so bring your knives if you want in. We have three same sized beaver so it will be a three man show. This is all in fun and If no one steps up for the spots competitors will be drawn from the crowd and we’ll loan knives.
Some of the demos will be Chet Hayes showing how to easily home tan and hoop beaver, Chris Jacobson from a Tennessee building snares and doing a canine snare demo, Colt Peel will be doing a mink/otter blind sets with bodygrips demo ,Hal Sullivan with a demo I’m sure, and the bobcat trapping tandem of Barton and Barton from Whitley County. Some of you may remember young Luke posting his bobcat pics on our forum. He and his dad Jimbo are going to show us just how they snared them. Tim Grooms from McCreary County will probably do a coyote demo. Nick Erny from Indiana will be there for a coon demo as well as being a supply dealer. We’ll have at least four states being represented there and a fellow from West Virginia might be coming down and I’m pretty sure we’ll have Chuck Rainwater from Alabama too.
Don’t forget we’ll have a couple of guns in our annual drawing. You should get donation tickets with your newsletter. If you can’t be at the fall meet and your name is drawn someone will get the gun to you.
On July 8 , Chet and I attended a meeting in Frankfort concerning our request for some changes We have been in discussion with KDFWR for a few years now concerning water trapping season extension and check times. I will say here that we do have a good professional group up there at KDFWR to work with and even though things move slowly they have in the end been mostly solid in their decisions based on data, user groups and landowners. So many trappers I chat with in the country have almost anti trappers working in their fish and game departments that won’t entertain any trapping regulation improvements. We also have a good strong group of district commissioners too and I really like our head commissioner, Rich Storm. The new president of the houndsmen group was there and he seems like a reasonable guy as well. Since their leadership has changed we need to try and find ways to work together instead of at unnecessary odds with them like that has been in the past few years. The meeting went very well. It’s looking favorable that we will get the March water trapping season extension into law so there will be less confusion about it from now on. This WILL NOT include otter. KDFWR will not issue CITES tags in March. However,if you accidentally catch one you will be required to telecheck it and you can then obtain a disposal permit if you’d like to keep it and get it tanned or donate for educational purposes. Check with your tannery before sending off that they will accept this paper disposal tag for legality. It will not hold up during the tanning process but when it is returned it will then be a processed item and does not require a permanent tag. We also are looking to be able to sell a pelt or two to private citizens for their own use. Several states allow the trapper to sell this way and it should result in a new outlet for your fur. Many times someone wants to buy a bobcat or a coyote pelt from you and you could not do it ,especially bobcats. The black powder enthusiasts love fur and like to tan it themselves.
The best and most beneficial thing for Kentucky trappers is a proposed up to 72 hour check time for water sets. This is the single largest thing that will result in more beaver being taken throughout the entire season. This will be for defined water set BODYGRIP TRAPS ONLY and will include All water animals for the entire season. I am excited at the increased opportunity this will allow us, especially if you work or just want to get out and really hit it. This is just nothing but a positive option for trappers. During early season with good weather and high animal numbers, muskrats, you may check daily like we always have been or if you have a few out of the way locations or beaver flows you may go 48 hours on some of them. Late season beaver the 72 hours is fine. This added flexibility will reduce the operating cost of a trapline with larger catch days.
Some of the these changes will also benefit hunters such as the raw fur sale and the hunting season will be extended for beaver and muskrat through March due to that being the month they receive the most complaints about them then. Beaver are really on the move in March establishing themselves for the spring.
By the time of this issue’s arrival the above items will be open for a comment period at KDFWR. Please help us by sending supportive comments to Chris Garland ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or write a short note addressed to him and send to #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Ky 40601. UTK members and other Kentucky trappers, we need your support on this. Take the time to be a part of getting it all passed.
I read an interesting article Recently that addressed something that’s been on my mind since back in the winter. It was an excellent piece about social media and how, while it allows we Trappers to communicate amongst ourselves, there are anti trapping individuals who just sit around looking for anything they can cut and paste to shine a negative light on our sport and share it amongst themselves for their own validation. Anything posted, on the surface seemingly between a few people on a web forum in Kentucky ,can be in New York in seconds.
I don’t think Trappers pay much attention to anti sites as we know what to expect there but rest assured they look at ours to use our own comments, and especially any picture that can be captured, to try and harm our sport to their own membership ranks and the millions of indifferent or uninformed users of the internet throughout the country. I can see the varied traffic on our forum and it’s not just Trappers on there.
I am very concerned that with the modern mindset ,with the advent of the internet , we are sometimes our own worst enemy by our posts, pictures and individuals that seem to try to post escalated photos that become offensive in an attempt to try to impress others and become a star of that particular site. They get very upset if their posts are called out and get cranked up with comments that are also easy fodder for antis to grab. They are also much more argumentative and confrontational than ever would be face to face. Many of them never trapped before social media was out there and the idea of public communication is natural for them. They use other social media outlets so much that it’s just part of their life now. Many of these people are not members of a statewide trapping organization because they are apathetic and unappreciative of those members that are actually working to protect trapping in Kentucky. They benefit from our work but are really just takers. We have a very distinct generational divide amongst our ranks that is sometimes troubling with a few that are old enough to know better mixed in.
The internet didn’t really exist for most of us when we began trapping. We’re mostly a gray haired bunch now. We still read books about trapping, read monthly trapping publications and join as trapping organization members. We truly enjoy trapping for what we get out of it ourselves be it for the experience or the little extra money. We enjoy it as a simple American heritage. We don’t feel the need to try to our impress an army of people that doesn’t know us and become some sort of online or bulletin board star with a following of novices we are trying to impress. Many hunting forums with trapping conversation have no moderators that can overlook trapping posts and know when to remove pictures or comments that never should be posted. Some of their comments are distasteful concerning the animals. They don’t understand what I am now saying and neither do many of the people who know barely more than how to open a trap or hang a snare in a fence but they are experts at posting a picture of something that most trappers do regularly every day and they feel that because they did it it’s somehow special and they need to show the world.
The value of this new age trapping talk is that their catch now seems to be instant gratification while still the field or as soon as they get back home to a computer with a photo to show off online more than respecting the animal and taking pride in handing the fur as best possible for future sale. A seasons catch photo is a result of consistent had work that is to be proud of. This “ look at me what I did today” mentality is not good.
Now, there are some very good educational and in good taste YouTube videos. I enjoy seeing what Clint Locklear or Jeff Dunlap share. They know what it’s all about. There are many other good ones out there. But there are tons of online or YouTube trapping related videos or Facebook groups, I hear because I’ll never have Facebook, that are seemingly in it for whatever reason but never would join and support a trapping organization and support or defend our sport. They are hurting us more than antis. Additionally, this sort of thing was called to my attention recently on one YouTube channel from Kentucky that the young man sets a few traps but is not what trapping is,or trappers are about, but many of those thousands think that is the case and the younger viewers maybe starting out try to emulate that behavior in their beginning endeavors because he is who they are “ following”. Any video where someone puts a trap on his hand and pretends to wear it 24 hours and to the dentist or accidentally catch a finger in another clip and carry on in a cartoonish way that would certainly make an animal rights activist happy, well, you be the judge. His videos have over a million views and ten thousand dislikes.
Contrast this with Oral Jones treating a dozen Kentucky trappers at the NTA Meet out to supper because we are fellow trappers and then additionally raising 240.00 at the table for UTK’s Jim Ferguson Scholarship or Slim Pederson talking for ten solid minutes at the end of his demo about why he has trapped all his life due to actually caring for the animals and you can better see the generational gap we have in trapping.
With all this being said, we are unable to control this internet behavior but we can counteract it in other ways. Rest assured UTK’s website and forum will not allow these type of things. Rest assured we will continue to represent and defend trapping in a respectful way that our members can be proud of. Rest assured anything we teach a young trapper at our meets will be correct and and in the right manner. Rest assured we have some very good officers and directors and , as a UTK member, you are part of a group that is respected throughout the state with other wildlife groups and KDFWR. This is what trapping is truly about. We are the stewards of the future and how it will be for our children and grandchildren.
Hope to see many of you in my home County at the fall meet.