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Correction to 2014 Trap/Hunt Summary

The 2014 hunt and trap summary has just been released. After its release it was noted of an error in the fur harvesting season dates.

The error occurs in the table on pg 22 (English) and pg 26 (french) of the summary outlining the various fur harvesting seasons for each species.

The table indicates that trapping for fisher, squirrel, and skunk from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 is only permitted in zones 14, 18-19, 22-27 thus showing that zones 20 and 21 are closed to fisher, skunk, and squirrel trapping. This however is false and zones 20 and 21 are in fact open to fisher, skunk, and squirrel trapping.

Even though the 2014 Hunt and Trap Summary indicates that trapping of fisher, skunk, and squirrel in wildlife management zones 20 and 21 is prohibited, this was an error and there is a 3 week season to trap fisher, skunk, and squirrels between Nov. 29th and Dec. 20th in wildlife management zones 20 and 21.



FIC Sponsors Canadian Olympian MEGAN IMRIE

Canadian biathlete Megan Imrie has had impressive performances in her first two biathlon events in Sochi this week.

On February 9th, Megan finished 31st in the Women’s 7.5km Sprint –improving upon her 76th place finish in the event at the Vancouver 2010 games. As one of the top 60 finishers in the Sprint, Megan qualified for the Women’s 10km Pursuit where she finished 28th, just behind Canadian teammate Zina Kocher who finished 25th.

Megan is sponsored by the Canadian and International fur trade and a proud and enthusiastic spokesperson for Canada’s fur trade. If you missed it, you can read the January press release here.

Fur continues to grab headlines in Sochi. Today CNBC aired a story “Fur in 50 degrees” focusing on the popularity of fur in Russia and the familiar sight of fur around the Olympic venues, despite the warm temperatures.


The story also mentions the fur community’s sponsorship of Megan Imrie. To view the story, please visit:

The Fur Institute of Canada continues to coordinate the “Go Fur Gold” fundraising campaign to help Megan continue to proudly represent Canada and allow her to continue her strong and vocal support of the Canadian fur trade on the international stage.


If you wish to make a contribution to the Megan Imrie “Go Fur Gold” campaign, please send a cheque to the FIC payable to Megan Imrie. With each contribution of $25.00 or more, supporters will receive a “Canadian Fur” embroidered crest, developed by the IFF for their Sponsorship, to be worn proudly to recognize Megan’s support of the fur trade. The same crest will be worn by Megan on her uniform this season.

We will continue to provide updates on Megan’s performances in her upcoming events.



Glen Doucet
Executive Director
Fur Institute of Canada
331 Cooper Street, Suite 701
Ottawa ON Canada K2P 0G5
p: (613) 231-7099 f: (613) 231-7940
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Check out the Fur Institute of Canada's Bi Monthly Newsletter Update by clicking here




Fur Harvesting Licenses No Longer Available at DNR Offices

Trappers wishing to purchase a Fur Harvesters License will now have to make a visit to Service NB instead of the local DNR office. You will also have to have a valid drivers license and valid NB Medicare card for identification purposes in order to purchase your license. Service NB does not recognize the government issued NB Conservation Cards.




Effective April 2, 2013, most provincial fishing, hunting and trapping licences can be purchased at all Service New Brunswick Centres as well as at more than 200 private sector vendors.

As of the same date, most fishing, hunting and trapping licences will no longer be available at Department of Natural Resources’ offices.

Some specialty licences and permits, including Crown reserve angling licences, guide licences and non-resident bear licences will continue to be available at local DNR offices. To find out where to obtain specific licences and permits, contact your nearest Department of Natural Resources office.

There are no fee increases associated with these changes. As well, while SNB and private vendors will now sell most licences, DNR retains regulatory authority for all provincial hunting, trapping and fishing licences, including the establishment of fees.





Don't put your restraining traps for coyotes away just because the snow is deep. You could be missing out on some great winter trapping and it can increase the use you normally get out of your footholds during the winter. NBTFHF President Charles Neveu gives details on the "Snowmobile Track Set" and bait piles. Click Here for the article!


News from the Northwest Council

January 27th 2013: The North-West Trappers Council had their annual meeting during which a new board was to be elected. Re-elected president Gérard Levesque, Re-elected treasurer Burt Laforge and Re-elected secretary Marc Devost. 35 members participated in this meeting, a great turnout! As you can see our Council brings together people of all ages. What a vibrant group! Thank you everyone for showing up every time. We also took the time to showcase the prizes received by our Council members during the annual NBTFHF Convention in Fredericton: Riley Givskud received the Jr. Skinner award, Michael 'Puss' Michaud was named Trapper of the Year and Gérard Levesque was named Instructor of the Year. The council is very proud of these achievements.



See more photos from the Northwest Council by clicking here!

Restigouche Council


A long time proud member of the Restigouche Trappers Council, 80 year old Mr. Wilfred Arseneau with some nice catches from november 1983. Nice big coyote in picture above, coyote number 9 and a nice fox in picture #2 and proudly showing beavers in picture #3


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ATV Trail Pass Now Required

ATV Riders in New Brunswick are required to purchase a trail pass effective January 1st, 2013. Legislation passed by the Alward Government has made it mandatory for ATVers to have a trail pass when riding on designated trails in the province. Riders not having a pass will be subject to a $172.50 fine if caught without one.


This will no doubt have an effect on some trappers as many trappers use an ATV on at least part of their line. Some even argue that they have been using some trails for decades and ATV clubs have simply claimed them as their own and designated them as club trails. Trail passes range from $25 - $75 dollars depending on if a seasonal or annual pass is purchased. Further details can be found on the Government of NB website. Click Here For More

Snowmobile Trail Pass Application


New Brunswick Trappers & Fur Harvesters Federation members can apply for a NBFSC Trail Pass at no cost to carry out trapping activities using designated NBFSC trails. Only NBTFHF members are eligible to apply and the application must be submitted to NBTFHF Secretary Gerry Williamson.




Restigouche Council Workshop

On September 15th, 18 people (including 80 years young Wilfred Arseneau) attended the Restigouche Trappers Council's second annual trappers workshop. Terry Landry (instructor) assisted by Stephen Scott (Long Creek Outfiitters) demonstrated how to clean, dip and wax traps. The Restigouche Trappers Council would like to thank the NB Wildlife Trust Fund and Carl (The Legend) Cyr for helping us in making this enjoyable day possible. And thanks also to Mr. Dale Laflamme for his hospitality.


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Fur Harvesters Can Now Carry .22 On Sunday


Fur Harvesters in New Brunswick may now carry a .22 Rimfire on Sundays for dispatch purposes. Firearms must be cased while being transported or carried in the field to trap locations and must be re-cased immediately after dispatching a live-caught furbearer. The exceptions are the three Sundays in deer season when Sunday hunting is legal.


The NBTFHF has long argued that trappers should be able to carry a .22 for dispatching purposes in the interest of safety and a quick dispatch. Thumbs up to the NBTFHF in getting this legislation passed.



NBTFHF President on Coyotes


NBTFHF President Charles Neveu provides some interesting information on coyote trapping undertaken by trappers in the Drummond - Grand Falls area of New Brunswick. Read his President's Report by clicking here!

NB Wolf Confirmed


DNA testing has confirmed that a canine shot in April on the Acadian Peninsula is indeed a wolf, making it the first killed in the province since 1876.


The animal which weighed 86 pounds was shot by a hunter in the Caraquet area. The hunter called the animal in with an electronic predator call and shot it thinking it was a coyote. Once he got close to the animal, he realized it was considerably larger than the average coyote and started to think it may be part wolf.


Department of Natural resources were contacted as well as NB Museum zoologist Don McAlpine for positive identification. As a result, DNA was sent off for testing for confirmation of species.


With confirmation that the animal was indeed a wolf, it will now be a wait and see session to find out what steps will be taken by officials as far as protection measures in the province. Will hunting and trapping regulations change? Will forestry practices and methods be refined or will the animal simply be passed off as an escaped pet or transient wolf straying out of it's territory.



Could NB Have a Turkey Season in the Future?

Hunters in New Brunswick may get to enjoy a Wild Turkey season in the future. The New Brunswick chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has applied for permission to import and release wild turkeys in New Brunswick. A consulting firm has been hired to carry out a study and make a pitch to the Department of Natural Resources for permission to release the birds here.


There are concerns that the large birds could have an effect on the Ruffed Grouse. Many north eastern U.S. states have healthy populations of both bird species that co-exist quite well so the fears may be unfounded. Rob Wilson, an avid hunter and president of the Saint John chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said turkeys were in New Brunswick before and should return.


Even without importing turkeys from outside the province, it appears they are here anyway. Large flocks have been spotted all over southern and western New Brunswick, and it appears they are migrating here from the state of Maine.





Muskrat Makes Wall Street Journal


CALUMET, Mich.—The North American muskrat market has been booming, thanks to soaring purchases by Chinese and other newly rich nations that need muskrat fur to line coats and footwear

Specifically, they want muskrat bellies, the felt-like fur that is practically impermeable to moisture. At $10 per pelt—five times what muskrats fetched in the 1990s—pelts were trading at new highs when bidding for last season's furs ended in June.

But some in the belly trade are casting worried glances at Europe, where fur sales are expected to be soft this winter. That could drag prices down for trappers here, and the current muskrat mania could prove to be a belly flop.

Read the rest of the story here!

The New Brunswick Trappers & Fur Harvesters Federation would like to remind pet owners and the general public the Fur Harvesting & Trapping Season is now underway in New Brunswick until February 28th. Fur Harvesters must show responsibility in where they set traps as well as follow provincial regulations when doing so. We ask that pet owners also be responsible and not let their pets run at large as per provincial regulations. Nobody, trapper or pet owner wants to see harm come to a pet. For more information, please view the Pet Owners Guide on the Department of Natural Resources website.

CNTA Now Offers Trappers Liability Insurance

Canadian Trappers are now eligible for $2,000,000.00 Trappers Liability Insurance simply by joining the Canadian National Trappers Alliance. Effective November 15, 2011, paid members of the Canadian National Trappers Alliance will automatically be covered for the $2 Million in liability insurance at no cost other than the $20 annual membership fee. It is a fantastic deal for trappers in Canada. It is an excellent opportunity to be covered for liability and support your National trapping organization at the same time, for only twenty bucks!


New Brunswick Conservation Officers Get New Look

New Brunswick Conservation Officers have a new look. You may have noticed the new "Badge" on the doors of Conservation Officers trucks lately. They are more easily recognizable as Conservation Officers than the previous Province of New Brunswick logo which all DNR vehicles carried. They now look more in line with CO vehicles from other provinces and U.S. states.


View the 2013Trapping & Hunting Regulations

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  • Fur Harvesting Seasons Start & End Dates

  • Wildlife Management Zones

  • What's New for the 2013 - 2014 Season

  • Bobcat Tag Draw Information

  • Certified & Allowable List of Traps

  • Fur Harvesting Regulations

  • Information on Wildlife Diseases

  • Hunting Regulations

  • Hunting Seasons Start & End Dates

  • Daily Hunting Start & End Times

  • Dept of Natural Resources Contact Information

Trapping & Hunting User Fees Increase

For the first time ever, New Brunswick Trappers will be required to pay a fee to apply for the Bobcat Tag Draw. Trappers wishing to apply for Bobcat tags will have to pay a $9.00 fee to do so. A Fur Traders license will increase to $37.50 from $25.00 and a Taxidermy license will increase to $15.00 from $10.00. Applying for the annual Moose License Draw will also now cost $10.50 if applying in person and $6.30 to apply online.


The New Brunswick Department of Finance says it's raising the user fees to bring them inline with what other provinces pay. The department said the cost of managing hunting, trapping and angling programs exceeds the revenue generated from licence sales and that the fee increases are intended to help the department cover the cost of some of these programs.


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 NB.


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 Download


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 link. Download Adobe Reader



Click Here To Download Poster



Restraining Traps Certified for Raccoon


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 setting tool.




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 Park.

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 Wednesday.

"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 public.



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 Products



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 information.


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.





Enjoy talking trapping with other trappers?

Why not check out the Canadian Trapper Talk Forums! Over 700 trappers from all 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 the site.

Fur Pick Up Dates for 2013 - 2014 Season


Fur Harvesters Auction

Agent - John Richard's Schedule


North American Fur Auctions

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Did you know the November Full Moon is called "Beaver Moon"?

Watch the video from Farmers Almanac and see why!


Skunk Odour Removal Solution

Getting the smell of skunk off your dog or even yourself can be  very difficult. Fortunately, there is a solution that works very well and can me made with ingredients found right in your home. The ingredients are:

1 Litre of Hydrogen Peroxide

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Liquid Dish Soap


Mix the ingredients well and apply with a sponge or cloth making sure to keep it out of the eye area. The mixture has proven to work very well. Trappers on the NB Wildlife Rabies Control Program have used it many times to remove skunk odour successfully. It was also tested on an episode of MythBusters and found to out perform all commercial products they tested.

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