Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance

Fall 2019 Convention
May 8, 2019

July OFBA President's Report

Well Summer is here again and I'm writing this from the NTA Convention in Springfield Missouri. Hope that you had a chance to make it up here. There were a lot of great demos and a lot of good deals on supplies. There were a lot of old friends that I had a chance to talk with and a lot of new friends. I would like to everyone that helped with the OFBA table. Gary Jarman, Nolan Sweetman, Gene and Cloyce Calloway, Ken Smith, Darrell Woodward, Noel Carruthers, Brad Thomure, Tracy Anderson, BJ and Janice Johnson, and Shannon Sheffert. I would also like to thank the dealers that made donations to the OFBA Youth Camp and Auction. Rusty Johnson, Le Reuwsaat, Jeff Dunlap, Apple Road Tomahawk Trap & Supply, Winter Wildlife Control, Coon Dagger Volker's Trap & Supply, Backwater Baits, Minnesota Trapline Products, Fur Fish and Game, Ernie's Feed and Supply, Southern Snares, and RBG Traps. We also would like to thank the many State Associations that donated also.

The Oklahoma Department Wildlife Expo will be September 28 and 29 2019 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The OFBA has been helping do demos and informing the public about trapping. If you would like to help and maybe do a trap setting demo, please call me at 405-238-0012. We would love to have you come by and help answer any questions about trapping.

The Fall Convention will be October 18 and 19 2019 at Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, 1901 N Oklahoma Avenue Okmulgee, Ok. We are working with many vendors to help you get your supplies and do demos. Some of the Vendors are Rusty Johnson Predator Lures Georgia, Nick Beder Wisconsin, Mitchell Simpson Texas, Cletis Richards Apple Road Bait Missouri, Ed Schneider Kansas Trapline Products, Dave D Anglo Minnesota Trapline Products, Okie Cable and Trap, Dakota Harmon Peaceable Creek Fur, Darren Cheek Missouri, and Justin Elliott Missouri. There will be many more added to this list as vendors and demos.

I would like to thank Richard Thornburg for his donation of the many Predator Calling DVD's that he made. With this donation we were able to give other state associations some DVD's to give to their young trappers or auction off for their youth camps. We were able to collect $749.00 at the NTA Convention from donations for the DVD’s that will go to the Youth Trapping Camps that we will put on this year. Richard Thank you so much for your help to support the young trappers in our state and the many states that we donated the DVD’s to. You don't see many people like that. Again, Richard Thanks so much for your help with the young trappers.

Remember to share some time with the kids helping to get them into trapping as they are our future.

R.C. Edgar

2019 Spring Meeting

Reminder. 2019 OFBA Spring Meeting, May 18 at Gentry Creek Campgrounds at Lake Eufaula. We invite everyone to come and enjoy a relaxed day with the OFBA. There will be a fish fry at noon and we ask that you bring a side dish. We will also be cooking breakfast. Dirthole contest for the kids. There will be a few of demos also. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day with us. Hope to see you there.

R.C. Edgar

2019 Fur Sale Report
April 4, 2019

The 2019 fur sale is over. Cat prices averaged around $25.00 to $30.00 dollars. Coyotes averaged around $24.00 but some nice ones brought $44.00. Skunks averaged almost $7.00 and coons averaged $2.50 with a top of $4.00. I would like to thank everyone that came to the fur sale that sold fur, bought fur and that helped with the sale. Maurice Gray from McAlester was recognized by Jerrod Davis of the ODWC as having been a licensed fur buyer for 50 continuous years. Maurice said that 90% of the coon the bought when he started buying fur was dog caught, now 90% is trap caught. Times have changed. Maurice is one of a kind. Thanks, Maurice, for your support of the fur industry. Gary Jarman presented Tina Edgar with a plaque for all her hard work keeping the OFBA table going, Tee shirt sales, memberships, helping in the kitchen and support. She makes things so much easier for all of us. If she’s there things run a lot smoother for us. Thanks, Tina, for all your help.

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