SCTA & National News
(From "Trappers Post")
By the time you get this the season will be close to an end, if not over. I hope that you had a good year with a lot of enjoyment on the line.
As I write this the legislature is back in session and we are watching the two bills that were introduced last year concerning trapping. I don't think either one has any traction to go anywhere, but we'll keep our eyes on them and keep looking for any other bills affect trapping.
We have the Palmetto Sportsman Classic (cancelled) coming up, March 27-29 in Columbia. If you can help please contact Jim, Joe, or me and let us know. We need the help and what ever time you can give us--from all weekend to one day to a few hours--will be greatly appreciated.
We are still trying to find a spot to have the convention this year so we can do a two day affair and we'll keep you updated on this. If you know of a central location that meets our needs, please call.
Until next time - Ricky Williams
Conservation Groups Come Together to Support Youth Education
The NTA, FTA and FBU presenting the Sportsmen’s Alliance with a $15,000 donation towards establishing high school clubs highlighting outdoor activities.Left to right: Sportsmen’s Alliance President Evan Heusinkveld, Sportsmen’s Alliance Associate Director of State Services Jacob Hupp, NTA President John Daniel, FTA President Dave Hastings, and FBU President Mike Sievering.
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I hope this report finds you all doing well. What crazy times we are living in now. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ll be glad when 2020 is over. With all the uncertainty that is going on with the coronavirus and the madness with the riots and protests it makes me just wanna crawl in a hole and hide somewhere till trapping season. And speaking of trapping and the fur sales there is also a lot of uncertainty there too. As I write this report it’s still anybody’s guess whether there will be a fur sale in August. I guess we’ll just have to play a waiting game and see how everything sorts out. We are going to go ahead and plan on having a convention in Little Mountain on October 24th and just play it by ear and see what happens between now and then, if anything changes we’ll let everyone know. Please mark that date on your calendar. There is some good news though, the two bills that were in the legislature that would have affectively stopped the live market for coyotes has been killed, The legislature has adjourned and both bills died in committee. This means that they will have to be re-introduced next year and go through the process starting all over. We’ve probably seen the last of them. If you’re reading this in the trappers post please check out our new website at sctrapperassoc.com. Thanks to Richard Deuel, Aaron Rentz and Lindsay Jones for doing this. Please keep checking back here for updates and other news about the association. We’re going to be working toward some trapper workshops for the youth and other events to promote trapping and the SCTA around the state. Right now with every thing that’s going on we’re just taking it one day at a time. Until next time.
July 10, 2020
On The Lookout
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has identified an emerging feline disease. FWC first became aware of this disease in 2018 in southwest Florida, and since then has documented the condition in bobcats at additional locations in peninsular Florida. Since the disease appears to be statewide, it may also be present in other southeastern states.
Trappers are usually on the front lines in helping identify these issues. Please be on the look-out for bobcats showing hind limb weakness or in-coordination. You can contact your district wildlife biologist and they may try to test it.
Please see the information below regarding an emerging neurological disorder in Florida panthers and bobcats recently recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Additionally, see the link below to an article that has video of affected animals, ranging from mild to severe.
FWC has received reports of Florida panthers and bobcats observed with hind limb weakness and incoordination.
Necropsies performed on several animals revealed consistent histologic lesions (symmetrical demyelination) in the spinal cord and to a lesser extent, the brain; thus, the disease has been termed feline leukomyelopathy (FLM).
FWC first became aware of this disease in 2018 in southwest Florida, and since then has documented the condition in bobcats at additional locations in peninsular Florida.
Since the disease appears to be statewide, it may also be present in other southeastern states.
The cause of the syndrome is currently not known but is under investigation.
Clinical appearance - link to article with video: https://www.wyff4.com/article/wildlife-officials-are-investigating-why-panthers-are-seen-stumbling-and-falling-down-1566400248/28772843#
Families Afield: South Carolina Legislation Signed into Law
Posted on September 29, 2020
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed House Bill 3800 into law! The new law allows apprentice hunters to purchase the apprentice-hunting license for an unlimited number of years. It also allows out-of-state residents to purchase a three-day apprentice-hunting license. HB 3800 passed the South Carolina House with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote count of 104-1 and unanimously passed the South Carolina Senate 41-0.
Under previous law, an apprentice-hunting license could only be purchased for one year in South Carolina. By removing the limit on the number of times an apprentice license can be purchased, new sportsmen will have the opportunity to hunt under the supervision of experienced mentors until they complete a hunter’s safety course and can hunt alone. Multiple studies conducted by the Sportsmen’s Alliance have found that more than 90 percent of returning individuals that purchase an apprentice-hunting license are three times as likely to go on to complete a hunter safety course and become a fully licensed hunter. In addition, safety data over 15 years has revealed that apprentice hunters are the safest hunters in the woods; more than six times safer compared to regularly licensed hunters.
HB 3800 is supported by the national Families Afield effort, which is led by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. This coalition has successfully championed mentored or apprentice hunting laws in 42 states since the Families Afield program was launched in 2005, and has resulted in more than 2.4 million apprentice licenses sold. Research on apprentice hunting has consistently revealed that allowing people to purchase an apprentice license for three or more years results in a much higher rate of conversion to hunter education and the purchase of a regular hunting license.
“We appreciate the efforts of Rep. Bobby Cox, the South Carolina Legislature and Gov. McMaster for seeing this legislation through to the finish line,” said Bruce Tague vice president of government affairs at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This legislation will help grow the sport of hunting in South Carolina and preserve the state’s outdoor hunting heritage for future generations.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.