The New Jersey Fur Harvesters is a shipping agent for the North American Fur Auctions. This is just another good way for trappers and hunters to sell their furs instead of selling to a local fur buyer or through a state association auction.
Each Spring we hold our annual Spring meeting and fur drop off, normally at the Assunpink WMA in Robbinsville, NJ near the NJF&W Central Region Office. We make it easy for the trappers/shippers who only need to bring their fur to the drop off where we bag the fur, tag the bag with the shipper’s name and address and record the count and type of fur that is in the bag. It doesn’t cost the trapper anything and the fur will then be delivered to a NAFA agent. The fur will be auctioned in Canada at the end of May and the beginning of June. Just go to the NAFA website (www.nafa.ca and click on “wild fur”) for all the details. Shippers in the past have been very satisfied with their results.
If you come to the fur drop off, the NJFH normally has free lunch for all its members. So feel free to join the NJFH, have a free lunch and stay for the meeting!
Assunpink WMA in Robbinsville, NJ full drop off 10 am till noon. Break for Lunch and then meeting will follow.
See you there!
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has posted the latest edition of the New Jersey Furbearer Management Newsletter on its website. The Winter 2012-2013 edition includes information on trapping season dates, otter pelts, fur stretchers and a feature on skunks.
The newsletter, in PDF format, is linked from the division’s Trapping Information page at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/trapping_info.htm#newsletter .
This week, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting the issuance of an incidental take permit that would help protect trapping in the state. Click here to read USSAF’s full comments to the Service.
On November 9, 2011, the Service announced it would considering issuing an incidental take permit to Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The permit would allow the state, and licensed trappers, to accidentally trap a small number of Canada lynx, when trapping for other legal species, without being in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Essentially, the permit would recognize that a few accidentally caught Canada lynx do not threaten the species’ ability to survive and recover.
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising the state’s trapping community that if a bobcat (alive or dead) is found in a set to call 877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337). The dispatcher will notify the appropriate Endangered and Nongame Species zoologist. Although bobcats are considered a game species, they are currently classified as “Endangered” in New Jersey and are managed by the division’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program.
Information on how to avoid capturing a bobcat in the first place has been posted on the division’s website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/bobcat.htm . All trappers are encouraged to review the information and do their part to reduce mortalities and injury to this recovering species.