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MAZINAx19IGANPAGE10WINTER20122013Continuedfrompage4BiggamepermitsDeerHuntingPermitx14Youmustobtainadeerpermitandassociatedcarcasstagsifyouwishtohuntdeer.Foreachcarcasstagyouobtainthenumberissetbyyourtribeyouwillreceiveastamponyourhuntinglicense.Thispermitisvalidforallthreestates.Onceyouharvestadeeryouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingday.Thereisnolimitonthenumberofdeeronemayharvest.BlackBearPermitx14Youmustobtainabearpermitandassociatedcarcasstagifyouwishtohuntbears.Foreachcarcasstagyouobtainyouwillreceiveastamponyourlicense.Onceyouharvestabearyouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingday.Thispermitisvalidinallthreestates.PermitsareavailableatyourtribalconservationdepartmentsorthelocalGLIFWCregistrationsite.IfyouhavequestionsorneedmoreinformationcontactGLIFWCat715682-6619.TrappingPermitsx14Aswithhuntingthereareseveraldifferenttrappingpermitsavailabledependingonwhatwhenandwhereyouaretrapping.GeneralTrappingx14Generaltrappingpermitsarerequiredifyouwishtotrapanyspeciesforwhichthereisnotagoranyregistrationrequirement.Speciessuchasmuskratsbeaverfoxcoyoteetc.areincludedinthispermit.Inordertotrapanyfisherotterbobcatormartenyoumusthaveaspecificpermitforthesespecies.FisherTrappingPermitx14Ifyouwishtotrapfishersyoumustobtainafishertrappingpermitandassociatedcarcasstags.Youwillreceiveastamponyourlicenseforeachcarcasstagyoureceive.Whenyoutrapafisheryouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingdayafterharvest.Thispermitisvalidinallthreestates.OtterTrappingPermitx14Ifyouwishtotrapottersyoumustobtainanottertrap-pingpermitandassociatedcarcasstags.Youwillreceiveastamponyourlicenseforeachcarcasstagyoureceive.Whenyoutrapanotteryouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingdayafterharvest.Thispermitisvalidinallthreestates.BobcatTrappingPermitx14Ifyouwishtotrapbobcatsyoumustobtainabobcattrappingpermitandassociatedcarcasstags.Youwillreceiveastamponyourlicenseforeachcarcasstagyoureceive.Whenyoutrapabobcatyouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingdayafterharvest.Thispermitisvalidinallthreestates.MartenTrappingPermitx14Ifyouwishtotrapmartensyoumustobtainamartentrappingpermitandassociatedcarcasstags.Youwillreceiveastamponyourlicenseforeachcarcasstagyoureceive.Whenyoutrapamartenyouarerequiredtoregisteritbythe3rdworkingdayafterharvest.ThispermitisvalidinMichiganandMinnesotaonly.OdanahWis.x14Thefalloff-res-ervationwaterfowlseasonofferedsomeneworexpandedhuntingopportunitiestotribalhuntersinthe1837and1842cededterritoriesincludinganincreasedbaglimitwithnoduckspeciesrestrictionsanearlierstarttotheduckseasonandthefirsteverSandhillcraneseason.Althoughtheduckbaglimitincreasedfrom30to50ducksandrestrictionsonblackduckspintailsandcanvasbacksnomorethannineeachin2011wereremovedbiologistsdonx19tanticipatethischangewillsignificantlyaffecttotaltribalharvest.Likestate-licensedhunterstribalwaterfowlhunt-erscurrentlyaveragelessthantwoducksharvestedperhuntingtripsoincreasingthebaghasrelativelylittleimpact.Neverthelessforthefortunatehunterwhohappenstobeinjusttherightplaceatjusttherighttimethisincreasecouldallowmoreduckstomakeittothefamilydinnertable.Tribalduckhunterswillalsohavemoredaystopursuetheirquestastheduckopenerwasmovedup11daystoSeptember4thisyear.Thischangemayhaveluredmorehunt-ersoutintheearlyseasonasonlyCanadageesecouldbetakenduringthisperiodinpreviousyears.FinallythefirsteverSandhillcraneseasonmadeitontothebooksin2012.Sincethisisanewhuntphone-inregistrationofallSandhillsharvestedisrequiredandwhilethenumberofbirdsregisteredsofarx14justtwox14isverysmalltheexpandingpopula-tionsofSandhillscouldprovideanotherreasonfortribalwaterfowlhunterstotaketothefield.Despitethesechangesandothersthathavebeenmadeovertheyearsithasremainedchallengingtocreateatribalwaterfowlseasonthatprovidesatruesub-sistenceharvestingopportunity.Asnotedabovewaterfowlhuntingsuccesstendstobequitelimitedunderexistinghuntingprovi-sionsandsubsistenceharvestingrequiresacertainlevelofefficiencytobeattractivetoindividualstryingtoprovideforthemselvestheirfamiliesandothersinthecommunity.Providingmoreopportunitytohuntusingmethodsoflimitedefficiencydoesnx19treallyenhancethesubsistenceharvest.ForthisreasonGLIFWCcontinuestoworkwithtribalrepresentativesandtheUSFishandWildlifeServicetotryandimprovetribalregulationseachyear.Onemoreopportunitythatwillbeex-ploredfornextfallisatundraswanseason.Tundraswansarerelativelyabundantbirdsandarecurrentlyhuntedinseveralstatesoutsidethecededterritory.Onechallengethattribalmanagerswillfaceisprotectingthemuchlesscommonbutnearlyidenticallookingtrumpeterswans.Howeverthroughcarefultimingoftheseasonandlimitingthehuntgeographicallytoareasheavilyusedbytundraswansbutwithrelativelylittletrumpeterpresenceitmaybepossibletoaddthisspeciestothelistofwaterfowlavailabletotribalhunters.Fallwaterfowlseasonbringsnewopportunitiesto18371842cededterritoryhuntersByPeterDavidGLIFWCWildlifeBiologistWILDLIFEOdanahWis.x14Figuresforthe2011-2012off-reservationfurbearerseasonforochigfishernigigotterandgidagaa-bizhiwbobcatinWisconsintoppedthepastthreeseasonsforallspeciesaccordingtoareportfromJonathanGilbertGLIFWCWildlifeSectionleader.SeetableThetrappingseasonforottersandbob-catsbeganOctober12011andNovember1forfisherswhilethebobcathuntingseasonstartedonSeptember7.AllseasonsclosedonMarch312012.Allharvestedanimalsmustbetaggedandregisteredatatribalregistrationstationby500pmofthethirdworkingdayfollowingtheharvest.InWisconsin64otterswereharvestedoff-reservationinthe2011-2012trappingseasonanincreaseof36ottersfromthepreviousyear.Trappingpermitsforot-terwereobtainedby100tribalmemberselevenofthosetrappersweresuccessfulwithsixofthosebeingfromLacCourteOreilles.ThemostotterswereharvestedfromBurnettCounty18followedbySawyerCounty11.TribaltrappersinWisconsinharvestedatotalof175fishersprimarilyfrommanage-mentZonesAandB.ThemostfishersweretakenfromBurnettCounty29althoughharvestwasspreadover12counties.Thenumberofbobcatsharvestedbytrappingandhuntingtotaled65anincreaseof26bobcatsfromthepreviousseason.Bob-catharvestingwasspreadover11countieswiththemostharvestedfromSawyerCounty12followedbyDouglasCounty10.In2010GLIFWCreceivedauthoritytooperateafurbearerexportprogramrelatedtotheConventiononInternationalTradeofEndangeredSpeciesCITES.TheCITESprogramrequiresthatallottersandbobcatstobeexportedberegisteredandtaggedwithaCITEStag.ACITEStagisnotrequiredforottersandbobcatsusedforpersonalpurposes.Theprogramappliestobothonandoffreservationharvestsofthesespecies.Duringthe2011-2012furbearerseason26ottersand16bobcatswereregisteredwiththetribalCITESprogram.ForpersonsinterestedinlearningtotrapGLIFWCoffersTrappingEducationclassesperiodicallycheckGLIFWCweb-siteunderx1cOutreachprogramsandclassesx1dwithaclassslatedatSt.CroixDecember8-9.2011-2012furbearerseasonsuccessfulBySueEricksonStaffWriterSeasonFisherHarvestOtterHarvestBobcatHarvest2006x13200735465352007x13200818119142008x13200913326312009x13201015623242010x13201114528392011x1320121756465PermitinformationfortreatyhuntersFurindustrylooksforanothergoodyearBeaverx14LastseasonFurHarvestersAuctionx19sFHAhighlyregardedbeavercollectionproducedsuperiorresultsespeciallyonthebettergradesandtheyanticipatepriceswillcontinuetodowell.WildMinkx14FHApredictsqualityseasonalminkwillseegooddemand.Otterx14Otterpricesdroppedunexpectedlylastspring.FHAbelievesthedropwasnotthefundamentallackofdemandoroversupplybutprobablyalackofliquiditywiththeotterbuyers.Theyexpectpricestobounceback.Fisherx14FHApredictsclearcolor12excellentqualityfemaleswilldoverywell.Largemalesaremainlyusedfortrimandshouldsellatrecentlyestablishedlevels.Lowqualityanddamagedskinswillcontinuetostruggle.TrapperPredatorCallerMagazinepredictspricesaround70-75withthepotentialofreaching90forahighqualitypelt.Muskratx14FHApredictsexcellentdemand.DroughtconditionsacrossmuchofNorthAmericawilllimitsupply.Agoodtargetitemfortrappers.Raccoonx14FHAsaysraccoonislikelythebestvalue.Thetradeisslowlyawakeningtothisfact.Fur-Fish-GameMagazinepredicts8-10forearlyheavynorthernraccoonswiththeverybestselectskinsgetting20.00.RedFoxx14FHAexpectspricestoremainfavorablesuggestingthisisanothergooditemfortrappers.Gooddemandforwell-markedcrossandsilverfox.Fur-Fish-GameMagazinepredictspricesaround30-40forskins.Coyotex14FHApredictsheavywesternsshouldseedecentdemandaswillbettercolorsintheheavyeasterns.Offcolorsecondsanddamageswillcontinuetobecheap.Lowgradeswillhavelittletonovaluewithnorewardforskinninglowgrades.FHAencouragestrapperstobeveryselectiveonwhattheyputup.Fur-Fish-GameMagazinepredictsthehighqualitypaleskinstomoveat75-85withordinarypalesmovingaround50-60semi-heavytypesat25-35.Bobcatx14ExpectanotherstrongyearaccordingTrapperPredatorCallerMagazinepeltshaveexceeded200in2011and2012.Thefiveyearaverageisabout178.ForinformationfromalocalbuyerGroenewoldFurandWoolCompanyseewww.gfwco.com.x14CompiledbySueEricksonStaffWriterx1cThe2011-2012furmarketingseasonwasspectacularsurpassingthepreviousyearx19shistoricalsalesby47.PriceincreasesandasubstantialjumpinshippersmadethisallpossibleWefeelconditionswillremainforyetanothergreatseason.ThekeynowisatimelystarttowinterinthetwomajorfurconsumingnationsofChinaandRussia.IfthishappensthewheelswillbeinmotionfortheJanuary2013roundofauctions.x1dx14FurHarvestersAuctionInc.WildFurMarketForecastOctober2012