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Mississippi Trappers Association Upcoming Events
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Presidents Report – February 2019
Time for the January update. Oops! That’s right…..it’s February! Well…..we have been extremely busy! Trapping this season has been WET! It seems like it rains every third day if not more, and most folks I talk to, including myself, have not had as aggressive of lines out as we typically do. This leads to an interesting point. The weather in MS is (roughly speaking) the same weather nationwide…..and because it’s been nasty, the supply of fur will definitely be off this year. Along the same lines, there are negotiations with China and Russia for better trade deals, and all of this could point to positives in the fur market! IF we open these huge markets back up (new demand), at the same time that we are weak on harvest (low supply)……we MIGHT be seeing the catalyst that turns the fur market around coming soon! Keep your fingers crossed!
On a different note, I want to remind everyone that our annual fur auction is, as always, the last Saturday in February! This year that falls on February 23. We will NOT be checking in fur on Friday night, as there is just not enough volume to make this practical at the current time, but we will be there early on Saturday morning and will be checking in by 8:00 or maybe a little earlier! Justin Rogers, our Vice President, has been doing a great job lining up buyers, and we are expecting a great sale with plenty of buyers for competition for your hard-earned fur to bring you the best price!
A couple of pointers if you plan to sell your catch at the sale. 1st, probably 90% of the articles are sold “green”…..meaning they are skinned and frozen after the catch. Remember that you must un-thaw your hides early enough that they are totally flexible before the sale on that Saturday morning. Depending on weather, 3 days prior to the sale is a good rule of thumb to remove them from the freezer! Another, don’t forget to bring your beaver castor, as this item is bringing top dollar these days! And finally, if you choose to sell your catch at the MTA auction, a small commission of your proceeds will go directly to the MTA and support the association to better support trapping in Mississippi! You must be a member to sell at the auction, and if you are not already, you can sign up that morning and we will welcome you!
There have been several other very encouraging issues come up lately that are super beneficial for our association, mostly revolving around our membership committee and some really cool work that those guys are doing…..so stay tuned for some unique opportunities coming down the pipe on this! If you are reading this and NOT a member of the Mississippi Trappers Association, please go now to the website www.mstrappers.com and join immediately! We need your support for trapping in our state!
Until next month…..see you all in Kosciusko at the Attala County Coliseum at 8:00 on February 23, 2019 for our annual MTA Fur Sale!
Be safe and good luck,
Chip Davis, MTA President