Bobcat Study- Please help.

On December 1, 2018 Gary Jarman and I met with a group of students from OSU doing a study on Bobcats in Oklahoma. We were asked about habitat and how to collect hair samples. They have asked for help from the OFBA to help with the study. Our help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, R.C. Edgar.

A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

Background:
My lab at Oklahoma State University is conducting a large-scale study of Oklahoma bobcats in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Resources and the ODWC Furbearer Biologist, Jerrod Davis.  As one of the most sought-after furbearer species in the state, this research will result in a great deal of information of use to management and harvest of this resource.  Recruiting students from OSU, Southeast Oklahoma State University, and Southwest Oklahoma State University, we will collect hair samples using hair snares in the students’ home counties over the winter break.  This simple, inexpensive sampling method will give us state-wide information on bobcat distribution and population trends over time.  In addition, we will be using hair snares to collect DNA samples for genetic capture-recapture analysis in 3 intensive study areas – James Collins WMA in eastern Oklahoma, and Packsaddle and Sandy Sanders WMA in western Oklahoma.  A very interesting side project, conducted by colleagues at the University of Central Oklahoma, is to address subspecies differences between eastern and western Oklahoma bobcat populations.  Differences in spotting patterns/intensity are known to occur in eastern vs. western bobcats.  Our interest is to determine whether there are genetically distinct subspecies, and if so, whether there is a hybrid zone in central Oklahoma.  There is even some older literature that suggests a third subspecies might occur in south-central Oklahoma and Texas.

Request:
When you are trapping this season, we would be grateful if you could save (frozen) the tongue of any bobcat harvested.  This tissue would give us a tremendous amount of genetic material, from different locations across the state.  It would be important also to have the location (county, at least) in which the animal was harvested.  This must be associated with each sample. We can arrange to pick up the samples or have them shipped at the end of the trapping season. Please keep all samples separated and frozen.

Thank you for considering our request and contributing to this study of an important Oklahoma resource.

Sincerely,

Sue Fairbanks
Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
sue.fairbanks@okstate.edu

Youth Camp 2018

We also have a youth group; whose main goal is to teach kids the things they need to know about trapping and calling. We put on a youth trapping camp during Christmas break in December. This is when youths get to learn and run a real trap line during the season! It will be Dec. 21-23 at Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater Ok. They learn all aspects of trapping as well as properly utilizing the resource. Signups will begin in person at the convention on Oct. 26. Call in signups will be available by calling Shannon Sheffert at 405-742-7884 or by filling out the registration form. The camp is limited to 35 youths.

**A copy of the attendee sheet is on another post named “Youth Camp 2018 Attendee Sheet”

Trapperman Weekend

Twin Bridges Trapperman 10th year spoonbill weekend.

Will be March 16 for the Fish Fry and March 17 for the Saturday events. We have the Shelter 3 reserved and paid for so we will have a roof over our heads. We need RSVP as soon as possible so we know how much we will need for the main course. And yes we will have a repeat of the dirthole contest with some nice prizes for the winners. As you know this/your event is paid for by donations to be raffled off Saturday so bring your trap related items. Cash donations are welcomed also.

This is our 10th year anniversary and we would like to have a record crowd. Come out and enjoy a great weekend.

Please contact Cletis Richards at 417-529-1060 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673.

Hope to see you there.

2018 OFBA Fur Sale

We will only have 1 Fur Sale this year and it will be on March 3 2018 at the Okemah Fair Barns. . You will need to be an OFBA member or purchase a $12.50 Fur Sale membership to sell furs. Doors will open at 7:00am Saturday morning. You will need to get your lot number from John Weygandt and his phone number is 918-645-5667. Terry Wagoner will be the fur sale manager this year. We need helpers to setup, move fur, take down, and clean up after the sale. If you would like to help please get with Terry Wagoner, his phone number is 405-586-2570. Any and all help will be appreciated. There will be several vendors there so that you can get your supplies.

OFBA Youth Camp Attendee Sheet

OFBA Youth Camp Attendee Sheet

 

Please fill out the following form and return it and checks to Shannon Sheffert at 1301 Old Bumpy Road Stillwater OK  74074. Please also send me an electronic copy or at least the attendee details toOKSHEFFERTS@hotmail.com. For more information call (405) 742-7884.

 

How many will be in your party?  Adults_____   Youths_____

 Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS where magazine should be sent:  (ONLY ONE PER FAMILY IF LIVING TOGETHER)

__________________________________________________________________­­_____________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS for magazine:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS for magazine:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

 Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

Participating youths must bring the following items:

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Orange Hat/Cap

 Additional Gear Recommendations:

  1. Boots (Knee high rubber)
  2. Snacks
  3. Flashlight
  4. Tent or camper.

 If you have them the following items would be nice to bring:

  1. Trowel – Heavy Duty Trapper type for digging, not a light garden trowel or cement trowel
  2.  Dirt Sifter
  3. 2-3lb Hammer
  4. Traps or any other Trap Supplies

 

Title 800 Rule Change Proposals

R.C.,

I just spoke with the assistant that is heading up the commentary period for the Title 800 Rule Change Proposals. The commentary BEGINS on Dec. 1st, any commentary received before Dec. 1 will not be counted. Commentary may be sent via email or written letter. Written letter is preferred. The address for emails and the address for written letter will be available on our website after Dec. 1. There will be a public hearing at our Department headquarters on Jan. 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. which will also be listed on our website after Dec. 1. Commentary period will be closed on January 5th.

Please pass this along to your members and I will let you know how we are looking and if we might need some representation at the meeting.

Thank you and please let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help.

Jerrod L. Davis

Furbearer Biologist

Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

Cell -405-590-2583

**The statute numbers on the 2 trapping changes are:

800:25-7-61. Bag limits (refers to lifting daily and season limit on raccoon)

800:25-7-115. Kaw WMA (refers to allowing footholds on parts of Kaw)