January treasurers Report

Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance Treasurers Report January 2021 Hello from Hot and dry Southern Oklahoma. 78 degrees for Christmas was crazy. Global Warming, I guess. You didn’t have to worry about the ground freezing or have to salt any traps in down here. Now it’s January and we are using salt and very little moisture. No rain this time of the year makes very little hay in the spring. Hopefully we will get some rain before it’s too late. We lost a good trapper and friend Noel Carruthers on December 3, 2021. Noel was a past Vice President, past President and was one of our Directors. Noel always did more than had ever asked him to do. He always went out of his way to setup and help clean up all of our events. He always had a supply of fish that you could depend on. Noel always helped out at the Youth Camps and even donated a few cage traps. He was a cat trapping master. Noel had stories that went on forever and ever. His stories never changed from year to year. Noel enjoyed people and life. He was a very good friend and will be greatly missed. We lost Maurice Gray, longtime fur buyer and friend. He was born on September 16, 1932 in McAlester to Tom and Florence (Smith) Gray. He married Marcella White on August 16, 1952 in McAlester. He loved bluegrass music, hunting, fishing, gardening and was a fur buyer for 50 years. March 2, 2019 Maurice received a plaque from Jerrod Davis Fur Bearer Biologist with The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recognizing him for all of the years that he was a fur buyer. Maurice was always at the OFBA Fur Sales buying fur or helping someone with there fur. Maurice will be greatly missed by all. Youth Camps were a great success again this year. There were approximately 140 people that attended both camps. We have some of the best cooks you could ask for. They allow the Instructors to help the kids learn about trapping and fur handling. There is never a hungry person in camp. Rhonda and David Marsh, Dana and Catie Wyskup have been feeding hungry trappers at all of our youth camps for the past few years. Both camps were a success and I would like to thank everyone that attended and helped out. There were Coyotes, Bobcats, Coons, Opossums, Skunks, Beaver and 1 more Otter from our Stillwater Camp. You could see the excitement in the young trappers faces when it was time to run traps. Everybody that is involved with the Youth Camps go above and beyond to help the kids learn about trapping. I would like to thank everyone involved in the Youth Camps for taking time out of their busy schedules and be involved with the kids. The OFBA Fur Sale will be March 5, 2022 at the Okmulgee Fair Grounds. The doors will open at 7:00 am. We will have a directors meeting after we get the building setup on Friday night. It was voted on to have the Spring Meeting before the sale starts. The Spring meeting will be at 8:00 am and the sale will start at 9:00 am. This is something different than what has been done in the past. We are hoping that we will have more people there for the meeting. Please bring 3 of your trap tags or mail them to me so that we can put them on a coon stretcher that we will auction off at the Fall Convention. We will set up the building on the evening of March 4 and could use any help that we can get. We can use help cleaning up after the fur sale also. We have purchased a Savage .223 that we are going to sell tickets for an OFBA fund raiser. It will be given away at the Fall Convention in 2022. Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. Look for information on Facebook and the website. The Fall Convention will be at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds on October 14 and 15, 2022. We are starting to get vendors and demos together so if there is something that you would like to see please let us know. The fish fry will be Friday night and the auction after the fish fry. Please bring something that can be put in the auction as this is what helps to pay for the building rent. If you know anybody that is not getting their Trappers Post, please let me know so that we can find out why they are not receiving it. Everybody be safe and hope that you have a good trapping season. Try to introduce someone to trapping. Or take someone along with you for the company. Remember to get a kid involved with trapping as they are our future. Thanks R.C. Edgar