Useful Files

Gosh can’t believe that summer is half over already. Trapping season will be upon us sooner then we think. We have created a new page called Useful Files where you can find useful guidebooks and other files about trapping in Ontario.

For now, there is a link to the guidebook about getting involved in forest management on crown lands in Ontario. Feel free to add it to your summer reading list! If you have any questions about what is in the guidebook feel free to bring it to the next trappers council meeting.

Getting Involved in Forest Management on Crown Lands in Ontario

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Spring is in the air (somewhere…)

Another trapping season is almost at a close – we hope it was a good one for you – even if the prices are low, we hope you had a good time and enjoyed your time on your line.

Your council has been busy even during the trapping season, keeping up to date with events and planning for our Zone meeting.

The Greenstone District Trappers Council will be hosting the Zone 2b meeting this year. It will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Longlac History Centre. For those that don’t know where this is, it is on the townsite,  on the south side of the railway tracks. Head south Picnic Point Road from Highway 11, go over the tracks, turn right, then turn left at the pink house. The history centre is on your right. Feel free to contact any of your council members to get directions.

In conjunction with the Zone meeting, we will hold our Greenstone meeting immediately following the Zone meeting. This will be a change from our September meeting, as survey of our members indicated that September is a busy month and April would be better. So we will try it.

In order to make this work, we will ask that you pay for your 2018-19 membership ($15) at this meeting and you will be all paid up until next April. We really hope all members will attend and show that we support our local council (and for those that are worried about being elected or volunteered for something, don’t worry- there are no elections this time – just information sharing)!

The education topic for the meeting will be knife sharpening – come and find out how you can make your knife edge last longer and how to keep it sharp! (we will bring the band-aids). If you want to learn or have more information on another topic, please let us know and we will prepare for it.

The Geraldton Trade Show is coming up April 13-14. We will be there with our booth to provide opportunity for the public to learn more about trapping and how it is not only a heritage but a sustainable, natural activity. If you would like to volunteer your time for an hour or two that would be appreciated.

That’s it for now – see you on April 8 at 1:00 pm!!

Another season starts….

Good evening!!

Another trapping season is almost ready to start and what better way to start than attending the Greenstone District Trappers Council Annual General Meeting!

Not only will we cover all the (boring) items that we need to cover, we will also be electing a new council or changing some members. To start the meeting on the right foot, we will have a BBQ hot dog lunch.

To entice people to attend and enjoy themselves, we have  presentation scheduled with some examples of trap sets that, during AITHS development, were observed to be the best sets for efficient trapping of a variety of species.

For those younger members, and those young at heart, there will be the opportunity to make fire-starters and take them home.

So feel free to stop in Sunday Sept 10, Longlac Arena from 11:30 am – 2 pm!

And the season continues

As the chilly nights of January seem to have passed, we are welcoming the warmer days of February. High of +7 for Saturday this week – WOW!!

With the first fur sales here and gone, it looks like prices have increased over last years prices. That is a good thing! Not a high as several years ago, but at least it is a start.

We have one of our trapping members who, while away at university, has still managed to keep in the trapping world. After attending the annual Sudbury trappers meeting, for a class assignment, wrote about the under-reporting of positive trapping news. Subsequent to that, she was interviewed by the Sudbury.com and was very positive about trapping. You can find the article here:

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/trappers-not-the-bad-guys-says-laurentian-student-498610

In other news, the Greenstone Trappers District Council will be at the Geraldton Chamber of Commerce Trade Show April 28-29, 2017. Come out and say hi! We will have a variety of fur to investigate.  Stop in and say Hi!

January – and trapping

We hope you have had a great trapping season so far. Looks like marten numbers are up from previous years. Lets hope for a better market this year.

The first fur pick ups have come and gone if you are sending to auction. I’m sure NAFA couldn’t have picked a colder day to come. The January pick up of Fur Harvesters was much more balmy.

The 2017 Ontario Fur Managers Federation Rendezvous is being held in Carp Ontario, August 25 and 26th. Carp is outside of Ottawa to the west. With all the activities being planned in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th, it is a great idea to attend. If you are thinking of going, please look at booking accommodation as we hear things are filling quickly.

We, Greenstone District Trappers Council will be there with our booth, so if you are going, please stop by and say hi. It is a good opportunity to meet other trappers, learn new things and socialize with those that have the same interests as you.

Check out our supporters page – these businesses have provided support to the Trappers council enabling us to continue educating the public and providing the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course. Please support them as they are supporting us.

Upcoming Dates

Some upcoming events that you may be interested in:

June 10, 2016

  • End of Season Reports are due!

August 26-27, 2016 (Friday and Saturday)

  • Ontario Trappers Convention being held in Thunder Bay at the Neebing Arena and Vickers Heights Community Centre. We are not only putting a booth in but have volunteered to make the pancake breakfast on the Saturday morning – so come on out and see what we have on display and flip some pancakes! Volunteer before you’re voluntold!

September 11, 2016

  • Greenstone Trappers Council meeting.
    • Along with the usual meeting agenda we will also be hosting some fun events for the whole family such as: Water Boil, Trap Setting, Cross Cut, Cookie Toss, and a BBQ lunch!
    • Fun starts at 11:30 at the Riverside Boat Launch/Campground (rain location Longlac Arena)