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Winter 2022

President’s Report, By Scott Sears

Hello fellow Trappers, 
I hope everyone is having a productive trapping season.
The OFMF Board was able to hold another AGM and Board meeting in Sault Ste Marie again this past August. We had discussions with MNRF, not NDMNRF, over trapline allocation policy, which is still in the works. We also addressed our concerns with NDMNRF with the new paper licences.
The OFMF Board has had some changes. Katie Ball has stepped down as the Northwest Region VP and is remaining as Director for Zone 2A. Erik Treftlin is now the Northwest Region VP. Lori Lamond has stepped down as Director for Zone 1A and Mark Sobchuk has fulfilled the position for Director in 1A. Dan Bailey has stepped down from Assistant Director in Zone 8A and Charles Hull has fulfilled the Assistant Director position for Zone 8A. Ted Anderson is remaining as the Director for Zona 6A and Ray Gall is now the Central Region VP.
I would like to thank Katie Ball and Ted Anderson for your time and dedication while working with you both on the Executive and I look forward to working with Erik and Ray for the next term.
I would also like to thank Lori Lamond and Dan Bailey for their years of participation with the OFMF and I wish them both all the best in the future. I look forward to working with Mark and Charles in the future as new Board members.
I have been able to attend a couple of Trapping Council meetings so far this September and I must say it is a great opportunity to get out and talk face-to-face with trappers. There wasn’t a lot of discussion in the meetings for the Councils, however the trappers were able to get an OFMF update and were just able to talk. It was really good to see.
The OFMF Executive is still working on the Trapline Allocation Policy weekly. We are hoping to have some good news on the Algonquin Wolf issue in the new year and we are working on our business agreement for the next term.
The OFMF Board is also encouraging trappers this season to fulfill their 75% beaver quotas as we are considered an essential service and there are no travel restrictions in place this year. Fur Harvesters has done a great job at holding on-line auctions and clearing out our fur and hopefully everyone has a great season for them to hold future sales.
Looking forward to possibly having a normal AGM next August in Parry Sound.
See you there!