Wildlife Commission Approves 2012-2013 Furbearer SeasonsThe Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the same seasons for furbearers as last year with the exception of extending the beaver, mink, and muskrat season through April.
NDOW has draft regulation changes that they are proposing and that we will post as soon as they are final. The Nevada Trappers Association Board of Directors met with NDOW law enforcement representatives to discuss the proposals.
Southern Nevada - Possible No Trapping Zones
No trapping zones are being discussed for Mt. Charleston.
|Suzie, a new Nevada Trappers Association member, is happy with her first catch. We invite you to become a member, too.|
On August 13, 2011, the Nevada Wildlife Commission met to set the annual
furbearer seasons. In considering the gray fox and bobcat seasons (the seasons
of all other furbearers will remain the same as last year), the Commission
agreed with and adopted the proposed dates recommended by the Nevada Trappers
Association to begin the bobcat and gray fox season November 1, 2011 through
February 29, 2012. In making its recommendation to the Wildlife Commission, the
NVTA Board of Directors had sought input from trappers throughout the state
concerning the appropriate dates for these two furbearers, but there really was
no consensus among trappers. As a result, and based on the biological data
provided by NDOW, the NVTA Board felt a return to the traditional bobcat/gray
fox season was not only warranted by the data, but it also allowed the greatest
opportunity to accommodate the many varied desires expressed by trappers across
Nevada Trappers Association President Joel Blakeslee (left) and Bill Ilchik demonstrate effective bobcat trapping techniques during the National Trappers Association Western Regional Convention in John Day, Oregon. Several vendors and state association representatives were present at the three day convention and many Nevada sportsmen attended. Thank you to the National Trappers Association and the Oregon Trappers Association who sponsored the three day event.
The Anti-trapping Bill
SB 226 passed unanimously in both houses of the 2011 Nevada Legislature and was signed June 3 by Governor Sandoval. The bill states that "the Wildlife Commission will be required to adopt certain regulations... in certain counties" by the end of December 2012.
What this means is that decisions about trapping in congested areas will be handled through the Wildlife Commission not the legislature. Please continue to be active in this process. County Wildlife Advisory Board agendas and Wildlife Commission agendas can be found at the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
by Brennan Truman
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Last year I faced the dilemma of deciding on an Eagle Scout project, but all the typical projects like building park benches, just didn’t seem very interesting to me. Then my dad introduced a novel idea. One of his friends, Jack Spencer, a government trapper in Nevada, suggested that I organize an effort to collect blood samples from gray fox and have the samples tested for disease. It sounded interesting. more...
The most important subject we want to let all of our members know is
regarding the trapper questionnaire the Department of Wildlife will send
out just after the close of the trapping season.
The importance of the data that we provide the State is what they use in setting the trapping seasons and demonstrating to the public and to the anti’s that our furbearer species are being managed. Even though the regulation requires all trappers to fill out and return the questionnaire, the return rate has been not as good as it should be. It is very important, that the data they receive on all harvested furbearers is as complete as possible. As a trapper it is your responsibility to complete and return the questionnaire.
During 2007, the Nevada Wildlife Commission passed a new regulation regarding the trapper questionnaire. Everybody better pay attention to this new regulation. You will not be able to get a trapping license the following year if you fail to return your harvest report. The exact quote of the regulation states: “Each person who purchases a trapping license from the Department or license agent shall complete and return any reporting form or questionnaire required by the Department. The person must return any such form or questionnaire regardless of whether the person trapped any fur-bearing mammals or unprotected species of wildlife during the term of the trapping license. Except as otherwise provided by an annual regulation of the Commission, the completed form or questionnaire must be received by the Department no later than April 30 of each year. Failure to return the form or questionnaire within that period or the submission of any false information on the form or questionnaire is cause for the Commission to suspend the trapping license held by the person and deny the person the right to acquire any trapping license for a period of one year”.
An accurately filled out trapping questionnaire is just as important as your deer or elk questionnaire so as soon as you receive it in the mail, fill it out and send it back. The Department is real serious about this regulation. No one wants to lose their trapping license over failure to take ten minutes of time to fill it out and send it in.