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Fur harvesting and predator control provides many benefits to our area and economies. Fur is a renewable resource. The economic benefit to our state is substantial. Many families rely on monies generated by fur harvesting. Harvesting fur and predators also helps our friends the livestock producers minimize losses. Yes, the benefits are many.
Western South Dakota Fur Harvesters Association advocates education for trappers of all ages. We are particularly interested in our young trappers and hunters. We promote and recommend the “Best Management Practices” developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in conjunction with National Trappers Association and many state trapper organizations. This research resulted in recommended trap size, trap design, and anchoring methods for the most humane methods of harvesting each species.
We affiliate with National Trappers Association, Black Hills Multiple Use Coalition, and U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. Working closely with these organizations helps keep us informed of any issues that may be of interest to our membership. Some of the items we monitor are public land use and access, anti-hunting and trapping concerns and anything political that may affect our interest.
We encourage dialog with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks representatives and meet with them each spring to discuss fur harvesting- and trapping-related issues. We also attend Game, Fish and Parks Commissioner meetings when necessary.