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« on: April 14, 2015, 06:50:14 PM »

Got the trappers survey today via email. I hope everyone takes the time to fill it out. I also noticed the last item on the survey was your opinion on the start of the season. We briefly touched on this subject during one of our chapter meetings. I'm curious if anyone would care to share their opinion on this. It makes very little difference to me, but My opinion has always been that a better trappers education would help curb a lot of early fur rather than play with the regs. But if this can be done without causing further regulations I'd think it could help. I know some trappers, especially the fur buyers push the hold off of the start.
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 03:13:58 PM »

I for one wish season opened later November is to early.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 03:25:01 PM »

  Lots of kids set traps first weekend of deer season. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 07:32:34 PM »

start the Saturday before thanksgiving and end the end of march.
like most of the southern states do.

gripes against have been well you'll kill otter pups, or other young.   answer you will kill more in febuary than in march due to most of the young and the moms will be in the huts or burrows in march. some season's don't end up north till april.

we or some of the furbuyers in the state have been doing some test after season to see what time would be best and we should find out at the spring convetion in may
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 08:41:00 AM »

Would you buy a coon or fox caught the last week of march?  Maybe extend it 2 weeks but that's pushing it.   It's just a ploy to extend cat/otter season.  Nothing more.  While I beleive it's Probaly opened up a little early, a lot of times blue hides will have more value than late fur. Plus the few kids that only get a few weekends during deer season to set a few traps. It's not worth the change in my opinion. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 08:51:40 AM »

the time I turned in for the change was the second week of march for the end.
while I do believe the start date is going to change I don't believe the end date will at this time.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 01:04:18 PM »

Some kid's may start at deer season. But my 2 boy's don't start till after deer season.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 04:11:47 PM »

the time I turned in for the change was the second week of march for the end.
while I do believe the start date is going to change I don't believe the end date will at this time.

So we will start the Saturday before thanksgiving next year?
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 08:55:55 PM »

Opinions on trapper surveys are not a good thing. IMO. Reckon mine will hit the garbage.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 09:08:27 AM »

Leave it as is. I caught big sow coon at Xmas that was as blue as blue gets.

I catch big boar coon that's good to go nov 15th. I don't hit the creeks early.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2015, 02:25:39 PM »

In such a case of season opening later would the states associations fur sales be held back a few weeks also?
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2015, 09:43:01 PM »

Fur quailty doesn't seem to be a reason for the change of dates.

Who is "pushing" for a change of dates?
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2015, 08:32:35 PM »

I asked what was to be gained with this but still haven't gotten an answer . Fur sale dates wouldn't have to be changed since the end dates will stay the same , it comes down to whoever started this may get our season cut short  Anger  Anger . Doesn't make any sense to me and can't get ANYONE to answer any questions about it .
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2015, 07:01:12 PM »

Who is "pushing" for a change of dates?

I don't know that anyone is.  They put a question on a survey.

Those that are concerned should contact AGFC and ask why the question was even brought up on the survey.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2015, 07:02:45 PM »

No idea about what's to gain. Maybe someone thought the AVERAGE of fur quality would go up from the state. Resulting in a trapper population explosion. In turn adding oodles in licencing revenue and out of state trappers coming in and boosting local economies.  Doh! LOL LOL

If it were to start later but also end later as kkac stated would you feel the same? since season would still be the same length just shifted. I start early also so I'm no one to bash on someone else that does. My season is highly limited by work and I love trapping so I try to be in field as often as allowed. So you can sum up my opinion and the more this plays out the more I can agree with coonman, opinions probably aren't a good place in regulation making, not that they'd listen to a bunch of trappers in the first place anyway.
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