Support the NBTFHF by Donating a Fur
The NBTFHF works tirelessly for
the Trappers of New Brunswick in many trapping & fur
harvesting related matters. Much of that work is done behind
the scenes and benefits both NBTFHF members and non-member
trappers alike. The NBTFHF Executive & directors work
closely with Fish & Wildlife, DNR, outdoor use groups and
many other agencies and organizations to help preserve and
maintain trapping as we know it today. The input from the
NBTFHF is invaluable in setting seasons, quotas, regulation
changes and insuring the trappers of New Brunswick are given
a fair shake.
Although the work is done by
volunteers, there are incurring expenses to do so. Our
winter convention, Summer Rendezvous, Website and Newsletter
all cost money but are necessary to promote trapping,
educate both trappers and non-trappers and keep trappers
informed and aware of anything related to trapping.
Unfortunately, with only 20% of licensed NB trappers buying
a membership, the budget gets pretty limited at times. In
order to help our budget out, the NBTFHF is asking all
trappers to "Donate Fur the Federation" .
It's not always easy to part
with cold hard cash, but donating a pelt seems a little
easier and will help the NBTFH in exactly the same way. When
your dropping your fur off to Fur Harvesters Auction or
North American Fur Auctions for sale at the auction, donate
a pelt (or two) to the NBTFHF. We have an account at both
Auction Houses and you simply have to tell the pick-up agent
you'd like to donate it to the NBTFHF and give them the fur
you'd like to donate.
The New Brunswick Trappers &
Fur Harvesters would like to thank trappers in advance for
their donation, it will be greatly appreciated and certainly
be a big help in our continued work to benefit trappers in
Plaster Rock Area Trappers Take
Trapper Ed Course
A Trapper Education course was
held on April 29th, 2011 at the Plaster Rock Welcome Center.
A total of 22 students took part in the course. Everybody
present showed lots of enthusiasm and was eager to learn. A
special thank you goes out to the Professional Volunteer
Instructors who took the time to instruct during this fun
and instructive weekend; Frank Hathaway, Bert Laforge,
Charles Neveu, Roland Michaud & Ken Eagle. (Taken picture,
Donald Parent, Region 4 – Trapper Education Coordinator).
Warning Poster Available for
Trappers who would like to warn
the general public that fur harvesting is taking place in
their area can now download and print the poster below. The
posters can be used in those areas where, although it is
legal to trap, there may be a chance that non trappers may
frequent from time to time to walk their pets. The poster is
in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to open and
print the poster. You can download Reader by clicking this
Download Adobe Reader
Here To Download Poster
Restraining Traps Certified for
Canadian Trappers will have a
couple of more options for this season in regards to available
traps for raccoon. Two dog proof restraining traps, the
Duffer's Dog Proof and the Lil' Griz Getter have both been
approved and certified for use on the line for raccoon. They
will give trappers some options on different types of sets and
locations than would be possible with bodygrips. Provincial
regulations must still be followed in regards to legal setting
distances, however, they will be ideal for locations where
trappers previously passed up setting bodygrips because of the
risk of dogs running at large. The Duffer's and Lil' Griz are
more money than 160s and 220s, they start at about $20 each
depending on where they are purchased and may require a
Trapping Stories & Articles
We like to keep things
interesting here on the NBTFHF Website. Trappers love to hear
and read about other trappers experiences out on the line.
Whether its about your first season, favourite set, a funny
experience, tips and tricks or any other trapping related
subject, we'd love to put it on the site. No need to worry
about spelling, punctuation or grammar, we can edit it and fix
it up like you were the Teacher's Pet in English class. If you
have a few pictures to go along with it, even better, send
them along too.
Send your stories &
articles to the NBTFHF Webmaster by Clicking here.
Fatal Coyote Attack In Nova Scotia
A 19-year-old folk singer from Toronto has died after being
attacked by two coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National
Taylor Josephine Stephanie
Luciow, who went by the stage name Taylor Mitchell, died
overnight at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. She
had been on tour in the Maritimes.
Mitchell was hiking on the
Skyline Trail when she was attacked Tuesday afternoon. She
was taken to the hospital in Cheticamp, then airlifted to
Halifax in critical condition.
Park officials said Mitchell
was walking the trail alone. They said other hikers managed
to scare off the coyotes and call 911.
An RCMP officer shot at one
of the animals but couldn't find the body. Later Tuesday
evening, park staff located another coyote and killed it.
Derek Quann, the park's resource conservation manager, said
he doesn't know whether it was one of the ones involved in
the attack. He said there were no signs on the animal's body
that it had been shot.
Quann said he believes there
are five or six coyotes in the area. Park staff were still
trying to track down the other coyote involved in the attack
"One of the individuals may
be dead now and may have gone off into the woods and died
after some distance," said Quann.
Germaine LeMoine, a Parks
Canada spokeswoman, said the hunt for the second coyote
would go "around the clock." The trail where the attack
happened has been barricaded.
LeMoine said even if a second
animal is found and killed, the trail would not be opened
until officials could conclude they had both coyotes
involved in the attack and the trail was safe for the
The NBTFHF with funding from the
NB Wildlife Trust Fund is carrying out a Marten Nesting Box
project in New Brunswick forests. NB Trappers are placing the
nest box in areas that Marten inhabit but may not have many
suitable nesting locations. It is hoped that with the aid of
the nest boxes, Marten will remain in the area and use the
boxes for nesting locations, enhancing a healthy population of
Marten in the province. Click here to read more on the Marten
Nesting Box Project.
Black Bears Raising Concern
Black Bear sightings in urban
areas in New Brunswick are raising some concern from residents
not used to seeing them so close. Increased sightings are
occurring in many parts of the province but seem to be most
common in the Fredericton and Saint John areas.
Department of Natural Resources
personnel have placed live traps in a number of locations in
hopes of trapping and relocating the offending bears to a more
remote location. However, competing with compost, household
garbage and dumpsters is making it difficult to lure the bears
into the live traps.
Part of the problem seems to
be an increase in population due to less hunting pressure. The
downturn in the North American economy and the higher Canadian
Dollar means fewer non resident hunters are visiting the
province to hunt, allowing the population to increase rapidly.
European Union Votes To Ban Seal
HARPER GOVERNMENT WILL DEFEND
HUMANE AND SUSTAINABLE SEAL HUNT ON THE WORLD STAGE
OTTAWA – The Government of Canada today expressed its deep
disappointment, concern, and opposition to the vote by the
European Parliament to move towards a ban on products from
Canada’s humane and sustainable seal hunt.
“The decision by the European Parliament lacks any basis in
facts,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries
and Oceans. “The Canadian seal hunt is guided by rigorous
animal welfare principles which are internationally recognized
by independent observers. I once again caution my European
counterparts about the dangers of pursuing politically
motivated bans on other countries’ traditional industries. Our
government will stand up for the jobs and communities that
depend on the seal hunt.”
“If the EU imposes a trade ban on seal products it must
contain an exemption for any country, like Canada, that has
strict guidelines in place for humane and sustainable sealing
practices," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
"If there is no such acceptable exemption, Canada will
challenge the ban at the World Trade Organization (WTO).”
The Government of Canada is studying the exact wording of the
proposed regulation and will take appropriate action to
protect the Canada’s sealing industry and continue to defend
the interests of Canadian sealers. It will also continue to
work with provincial, territorial and industry partners to
maintain access to other markets for seal products and to
identify and build new markets.
“A European ban would have a devastating impact on thousands
of Canadian families in remote coastal communities who rely on
the seal hunt for 25 to 35 per cent of their annual income,”
added Minister Shea. “In these difficult economic times the
impact of such a loss is even more serious and many families
will have to make tough decisions about their future if access
to the European market is lost.”
The European Parliament’s proposed ban cannot become law until
it has been adopted by the Council of the European Union,
which represents the member states. Ministers Shea and Day
announced that the Government of Canada will continue to
aggressively counter the misinformation campaign being waged
by professional anti-seal hunt lobby groups in order to ensure
that the decision of the Council would be based on accurate
Have you renewed your membership yet?
A reminder that NBTFHF Memberships
expire on the 31st of January each year. If you haven't
renewed your membership, you will not receive the magazine
associated with your membership until it is renewed.
Not a Member Yet?
The New Brunswick Trappers & Fur
Harvesters work both on the frontline and behind the scenes to
enhance, improve and preserve trapping and fur harvesting for
New Brunswick Trappers. Do your part and support the NBTFHF by
purchasing your membership today. For details on joining,
renewing and the benefits of doing so, go to our
Membership Page by clicking here.
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with other trappers?
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across Canada, the USA and around the world are already
members and visit the site regularly. Pick up some tips
& tricks, new sets, fur handling methods or just shoot
the breeze. Besides the the forums/message boards, the
site also features a chat room where you can chat live
with other trappers. Click on the logo above to visit
Fur Pick Up Dates for 2013 - 2014
Fur Harvesters Auction
Agent - John Richard's Schedule
North American Fur Auctions
Agent - Furafee Trading Schedule
Did you know the November Full Moon
is called "Beaver Moon"?
Watch the video from Farmers Almanac and see why!