President’s Report, By Scott Sears
Hello fellow Trappers.
As I am sitting in front of the computer doing my report after a day of getting all packed up to go Moose hunting, it is not hard to tell fall is in the air.
I have been able to attend a few Trapper’s council meetings so far this Fall in various areas from the Nickel Belt to Southern Ontario and have noticed while driving around the Province that the beaver are starting very early, getting their houses and feed beds ready and this is getting the blood pumping for my favorite season; trapping season.
The 25th Annual AGM this past August was held in Goderich and was very well organized by Doug Vincent, Dan Bailey and the Huron Perth Trapper’s Council. With the help of the surrounding Councils it was a great success. Thank you to all for your hard work in making the 25th a great success!
We were fortunate enough to have Minister Yakabuski as our Guest Speaker this year at our Convention dinner. He delivered some positive information on the future of trapping in Ontario and spoke about the trapline allocation and dispatching at night, topics that the Board has been working on for some time now. This gives us some hope that we may finally get a resolve to these concerns. It is always nice to see people come each year from around the Province to see friends and catch up with other Trappers we only get to see once a year at the Annual Convention.
We, as an Executive and Board have accomplished a lot in the past year. I can assure you that we will not let up and continue to move forward for the betterment of all Trappers in the Province. We will continue to have meetings with the MNRF and the Minister’s office to ensure we are securing our heritage for generations to come. We have a great working relationship with both offices which I feel can only be a positive for us all throughout the Province.
On September 24th the OFMF Executive was in Peterborough with the MNRF negotiating on a new Trapline Allocation Policy. We are very hopeful we will be able to take some steps forward on this issue and we will continue to have meetings and work with the Staff of the MNRF to see this to the end.
This year we have some new faces on the OFMF Executive, Robert Gurney VP for the Southern Region and Katie Ball VP for the Northwest Region. Congratulations to you both and I am looking forward to working with you both over the next year on the Executive.
I would like to thank Erik Treftlin and Ray Gall for their time on the OFMF Executive. Your knowledge and dedication to trapping was a great asset to the Trappers of Ontario. I look forward to continuing to work with you both on the OFMF Board this year.
The OFMF will be attending many events throughout the Province this year and if anyone wants to attend or come out to help with educating the public and displaying our trade please contact your local Director to see which events will be in your area.
This year is an election year, if anyone is interested in running for the Director or Assistant Director position in your area please ensure your nomination form is into the OFMF Office no later than February 28, 2020 by 4:30pm. This application can be found in this OFMF magazine or by contacting a Board member.
With fur prices the way they are as of late it cane be discouraging, however it is important that we still support our Auction houses as they need us as much as we need them to market and sell our furs that we harvest each season. Working together we can all help to improve our industry.
I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous trapping season.