President's Report 
April 2017

Chris McAllister

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Dallas, SD 57529
(605) 830-1009

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MASTER TRAPPERS DVD MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE. This program is designed specifically to assist directors in recruiting new members when setting up a booth at conventions, sport shows etc.. Any new regular one year member will receive their choice of the two DVDs - Vol I or Vol 2. Anyone who buys a regular membership for two or more year can receive both volumes. (family and Junior memberships do not qualify)

These DVDs sell for $40 each, $75 for the set. New members can get them free! Myself and a few others tested this incentive at state conventions last fall. If you will do your part, you’ll find It’s extremely effective. You will need to order a supply several weeks before your planned event to insure we have them. The office will maintain records of your inventory. NOTE; You must have the DVDs on hand to give to the new members when they join. WE WILL NOT MAIL THEM.

In Washington D.C we are continuing to monitor several bills.

H.R.1438 – “Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act” was introduced 3/08/17 by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) The bill currently has 64 co-sponsors, all democrats. This is another attempt to prohibit the use of or possession of snares, body-grip and foothold traps on our 150 million acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

HR 1629, - Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) currently has one co-sponsor Nita Lowey (D-NY) The “Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act” introduced on 3/20/17, would prohibit the import or export of, and the shipment in interstate commerce of, steel-jaw leghold traps and Conibear traps.

H.R. 1727 – “Limiting Inhumane Federal Trapping Act” Introduced 3/27/17 by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Currently the lone co-sponsor is our friend Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) who has never seen an anti-trapping bill she doesn’t like. If passed H.R. 1727 would prohibit personnel of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture from using any body-gripping trap in the performance of their duties, and; 2) prohibit any person from possessing body-gripping traps on property under the administrative jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture,
As has become the norm with these proposals, “Body -gripping trap” is defined as any device that is intended to kill or capture an animal by physically restraining any part of the animal on land or in an aquatic environment. As such, both foot-holds and snares would also be prohibited.

If the time comes we need to apply pressure to our elected officials, we will use the electronic “Alert” system to notify you. If you have not signed up to receive Alerts you can do so by visiting the NTA website and clicking on the tab on the front page.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at 605-830-1009