January 15, 2018



Dear Member,

The NAWFSC By-laws provide for the election of a Director to represent your Region once every three years. The Director so elected will then represent your region for a three year period.

The following three of the eight designated Regions will hold an election for a Director to represent the region this year:

Canada Region 2 – Western/Northern Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, North West Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon) + Alaska (USA)

Canada Region 3 – Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI)

United States Region B – (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

According to our records, you reside in one of the above Regions and will be electing a Director for your Region this year.

The first step is to receive nominations for members to run in the election. To be eligible to represent a Region as a Director, an individual must be a Member for a minimum of two (2) years, reside in that Region, and also have shipped to NAFA the last two consecutive years. Individuals who hold an executive position in any provincial, state or national trapper association are not eligible. NAFA agents, collectors or employees are not eligible.

If you wish to nominate a representative from your region to run in the election this year, a nomination form is attached. A nomination for a Director representing a Region may only be made by a member residing in that region. Self Nominations are not allowed. Nominations for a Director to represent your region will be accepted by the Nominating Committee until February 25, 2018. The nominated member must sign the nomination form. Please return nomination forms to the address on the nomination form or fax it to the number indicated.

Once nominations are closed on February 25, 2018 the names of the successful nominees will be posted on the NAWFSC website. This year voting will be conducted electronically. You will be notified by email with instructions for voting. For those that haven’t already done so, please make sure that your email address is up to date. This can be done on NAFA’s website. Any member without an email address will be mailed the list of nominees and a ballot.

-Serge Lariviere
Chairman North American WFSC



le 15 janvier 2018

Cher membre,

Le Règlement du CTFS de NAWFSC prévoit l’élection, à tous les trois ans, d’un administrateur qui représentera votre région. La personne ainsi élue sera chargée de représenter votre région pendant une période de trois ans.

Les trois régions suivantes des huit régions désignées tiendront cette année une élection afin de désigner un administrateur qui représentera la région :

Région 2 du Canada – Western/Northern Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, North West Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon) Alaska(USA)

Région 3 du Canada – Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI)

Région B des États-Unis – (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Selon nos données, vous demeurez dans l’une de ces régions et vous aurez à choisir un administrateur pour votre région cette année.

La première étape est celle de la mise en candidature de membres pour l’élection. Pour être éligible en tant qu’administrateur et représenter une région, une personne doit être membre du CTFS depuis au moins deux (2) ans, habiter dans la région, et avoir également expédié des fourrures à NAFA au cours des deux dernières années. Les personnes qui font partie de la haute direction d’une association de trappeurs provinciale, nationale ou d’État ne sont pas éligibles. Les agents, les collecteurs et les employés de NAFA ne sont pas éligibles.

Vous trouverez ci-joint un formulaire à remplir si vous désirez proposer la candidature d’un représentant de votre région à l’élection de cette année. La mise en candidature d’un administrateur représentant une région ne peut être faite que par un membre qui demeure dans cette région. On ne peut poser sa propre candidature. Les mises en candidature seront acceptées par le Comité des mises en candidature jusqu’au 25 février 2018. Les membres désignés doivent également signer le formulaire de mise en candidature. Veuillez le retourner à l’adresse indiquée ou l’envoyer par télécopieur au numéro indiqué.

Une fois les mises en candidatures terminées, le 25 février 2018, les noms des candidats retenus seront affichés sur le site internet du CPFS. Cette année, le vote sera effectué par voie électronique. Vous serez informé par courriel des instructions pour le vote. Pour ceux qui ne l’ont pas déjà fait, veuillez-vous assurer que votre adresse courriel est à jour. Cela peut être fait sur le site internet de NAFA. Tous les membres sans adresse courriel recevront par la poste la liste des candidats et un bulletin de vote Le directeur exécutif du CTFS de NAWFSC,

– Serge Larivière
Président Conseil des producteurs de fourrures sauvages





International Trapper is the official publication of the North American Wild Fur Shippers Council. Since 2006, International Trapper Magazine has been the main communication source for information about the NAWFSC and about current marketing activities of both the Shipper’s council and of NAFA.

Subscribing to IT Magazine is one of the best ways to stay informed and up-to-date on current markets. The magazine is published twice per year, in March and October, and the annual subscription fee for two issues is $10.00. All funds go to the NAWFSC for education (i.e. fur handling DVDs) and promotional activities in the international market. You can also purchase one or all of our special Anniversary Issues – a great gift for the trapping loved one in your life.

The publication also provides fur handling tips and information about how international auctions work, as well as a variety of popular features, such as:

  • Ask a NAFA Fur Grader – a popular column in which our experienced fur graders answer commonly asked questions about grading and handling, such as “What is the most common trapper-caused problem with beaver skins?”, “How important are inspect windows on fur-in species?”, and “If one of my skins was graded select, does that mean my handling was perfect?”
  • What’s this Fur For? – Have you ever wondered about the final use of the species that you harvest? In this column, we interview our in-house experts about how commonly trapped species are used in manufacturing and fashion.
  • Ask a NAFA Marketing Expert – this feature addresses marketing and auction-business questions, such as “What happens after the fur is sold at auction?”, “What are the most important species sold at NAFA by volume or value?” or “What is a Private Treaty sale?”, and more.

In addition, each issue carries information about current market conditions and initiatives, profiles of NAWFSC Directors, and a variety of “how to” articles that cover everything from proper pelt handling, to tips on how to catch more fur, and more. The IT Magazine is also used to deliver WFSC Pelt Handling DVDs.

In this issue:

  • Chairman’s Report
  • Staying Connected with NAFA
  • Market Update: Wild Fur Generates Increased Interest in China
  • What’s This Fur For? – Bobcat
  • Muskrat Magnets
  • Gang setting for Beaver
  • Ask a NAFA Marketing ExpertWhat are Private treaty sales?
  • Ask a NAFA Fur GraderWhat is the most common trapper-caused problem with beaver skins?
  • And more

We value your opinion! Make sure you fill out our International Trapper Magazine survey, to provide us with your suggestions on ways we can improve, and how we can make our magazine better for our readers.

October 15, 2017


NAWFSC memberships expiring October 31, 2017 will be offered a new one year membership expiring October 31, 2018 at a cost of $25.00. All benefits currently enjoyed will be maintained.

With over 10,000 memberships expiring October 31, 2018 and an uncertain market for Wild Fur, NAFA and the NAWFSC feel it is an opportune time to update the existing membership program, reflecting current conditions.

NAFA and the NAWFSC value your loyalty and support and, once details of the new membership program have been finalized, all NAWFSC members will be notified.

North American Fur Auctions
North American Wild Fur Shippers Council

May 15, 2017

NAWFSC Election Results Canada Region 1, United States Region A

Canada Region 1

Jim Gibb, from North Bay Ontario, has been elected to another three year term as NAWFSC Director.

Thank you to all NAWFSC members who voted in the election and a special thank you to nominees, Garry Fischer, Daniel Kott and Sean Thompson for their interest.

United States Region A

Conrad Lanham, from Shelbyville Kentucky, was acclaimed for another three year term as NAWFSC Director.

The results of the election were announced at the 19th NAWFSC Annual General Meeting held in Toronto, Canada Saturday May 13, 2017.

Dave Bewick

Executive Director

NAWFSC Election Results Canada Region 1, United States Region A


March 30, 2017

This year, elections for NAWFSC Director in Canada Zone 1 – Ontario, will be conducted electronically.

The first step in the election process will introduce approved candidates to members of Canada Region 1. This will be done via email.

The next step will be the voting process. A separate email will be sent to members, requesting their vote. The window for member voting will be Monday April 3, 2017 to 12:00 PM EST on Friday April 28, 2017. Members will be allowed one vote only.

The candidate receiving the most votes will be announced at the NAWFSC Annual General Meeting in Toronto, May 13, 2017.

For those that do not use email, ballots will be mailed out on an individual basis.


*”From Flowage to Fashion” – Long Awaited Beaver DVD Released*

Order DVD now!

The long awaited second DVD on fur handling, produced by the North American Wild Fur Shippers Council, will be available to members early this fall. This DVD, like the inaugural “From the Marsh to Main street” DVD, is free to current members of the WFSC and will be included with the fall issue of the” International Trapper”. The IT will also serve as a companion to the DVD with much of the referenced material available in the magazine

This second in the series focuses on beaver and is titled “From Flowage to Fashion”. It is 3½ hours in length and begins with the relationship of beaver to the very roots of the Fur Trade and the founding of our company North American Fur Auctions.

The DVD starts with pre-handling tips on the field care of your pelts, then takes an in depth look at several different skinning and fleshing techniques with an emphasis on helpful hints, proper equipment, their care and sharpening. It also covers drumming, proper boarding, sizing and drying. With a little side trip,  it ventures into several value added techniques from beaver tails to correct handling and grading of castors to beaver as the newest gourmet interest.

The grading of beaver is often a confusing series of pelt breakdowns. The DVD follows each step in a simplified manner, and is designed for even the first time shipper to understand. It looks in detail at the mistakes trappers make in handling their pelts and imperfections that occur beyond the control of the fur handler. Buyers give a different perspective on the needs for their clients and the garments they create. The auction process is demystified and explained.

And finally a look at the end result:

  • What drives the fur business?
  • What is our part as harvesters in the final product?
  • How can we relate to and understand all that goes into creating a piece of fur magic that captivates the consumer? After all, the interest and demand by the fashion conscious public is what keeps us on the flowages.

The DVD is by far the most extensive and detailed look at the entire chain of beaver in the fur industry. Its goal is to increase the fur handlers understanding of the process, his handling skills and the value of his product for everyone involved.

Reminder:  As a benefit of membership, the DVD will be mailed, late this fall, to all paid members with their IT magazine subscription. Please make sure that your membership and IT subscription are up to date.

Distribution to members without an IT subscription and expiring members who have not yet renewed will be communicated later.

Please see the following WFSC Notices: