December 9, 2017 – Over 250 trappers and their families from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Minnesota gathered at NAFA’s Winnipeg Depot for a day full of activities at the annual open house.
Despite uncertain market conditions over the last few years, this event has become a “must attend” for the trapping community, due to the range of experienced presenters and activities. Presenters this year included:
- Don Gordon, a NAFA agent from Nipawin, Saskatchewan, owner of KD Ventures, expert trapper, and fur handler. Don kicked off the day with a seminar on beaver handling and trap care techniques.
- Bruce Nielsen, a trapper from Dugald, Manitoba, who captivated the audience with stories from the trapline. He also shared a C-pout dough recipe and shared his homemade beaver jerky.
- James Korosil, owner of Koro traps and WCS Canada, who gave an update on technical improvements to his Koro line traps.
- Rob Olson, the newly appointed Sustainable Development Deputy Minister, who highlighted key points on improving communication among outdoor use groups and Government.
After lunch, guests were treated to a special fashion show featuring fur garments from NAFA’s Designer Collection. Models from the audience did an outstanding job showcasing the newest in fur fashion.
Following the fashion show, Dave Bewick held a short beaver grading workshop, offering an inside perspective on what technicians look for when grading beaver, as well as an overview of what happens to fur upon arrival at NAFA.
Finally, Joshua Molina, NAFA’s Manager of Wild Fur Production, gave a very informative presentation on current market conditions and the upcoming Certification and Traceability program.
Throughout the day Kyle McCosh and Matt McCardon provided expert instructions to young trappers on muskrat preparation, and a variety of trap supplies were available from MTA Trap Sales, WCS Canada, and Mel Stocking.
Many thanks to all who made the trip to Winnipeg, making this one of the most successful open houses yet. Through the generous donations from friends of the fur industry, the raffle raised over $1,700.00 for a local charity.
A special thank you to the following individuals for sharing their time and talents:
Rob Olson, Bruce Nielsen, Mary Schellenberg, Mel Stocking, Joshua Molina, Matt McCardon, Kyle McCosh, Shannon Pammer, Jim Ojanen, and the girls in the kitchen: Susan, Audrey, and Erin.
Thank you to the following organizations for their support:
Bill Worb Furs, Calm Air, Fab Fur Ventures, Grant and Hazel Armstrong, International Fur, KD Ventures, MTA Trap Sales, NAFA, NAWFSC, Perfectly Raw/Baldwin Feeds, Shekhman Furs, WCS Canada, Winnipeg Outfitters.