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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January LETHBRIDRE Trappers review capture method PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) Fifteen British Co- lumbia trappers have gone back to school to study their trade and to improve both their earnings and the lot of their prey. Most of the trappers are used to the controversial leghold by anti-trapping groups as unnecessarily cruel to animals. They studied the Conibear trap, already in wide use, and the new Challenger trap, designed by Bill Gabrey of Va- venby, B.C., which is un- proven. The three-week course was sponsored by the College of New Caledonia. Seven of the trappers already hold registered B.C. traplines. The students divided their time between the classroom, where they studied skinning and stretching of furs, and field experience on two trap- lines near Prince George where 105 Challenger traps were tested. The fur preparation part of the course was taught by Ralph Bice, 75, an Ontario trapper, and was the main attraction for most of the students. Enhanced value Mr. Bice has given a sim- ilar course for six years in Ontario and trapping of- ficials estimate it led to a 30-percent increase in the value of furs there. It is the first time for such a course here, but the students said it was. long overdue. A veteran trapper said lie is ashamed of furs he prepared before he took the course and learned proper methods. The course and others which follow will be revolutionary for the B.C. trapping industry, said Joe Carty, president of the B.C. Registered Trappers Association and a student in the course. Mr. Carty said "ex- perience is not enough" for most trappers who could improve the value of their catches by better skinning and stretching methods. Almost Jl million worth of furs passed through the association's receiving depot in Prince George last season, but the return could have been 30 per cent more, he said. Sought wolverine The trapper students were shown how to skin, stretch and clean all major fur-bearing species of northern B.C., including otter, .beaver, muskrat, marten, mink, fisher, lynx, wolf, coyote, fox, bear, weasel and squirrel. Mr. Bice hoped to demonstrate on a wolverine also, but could not obtain one. Fur deteriorates quickly if not adequately cleaned, and auctions have "bins and bins" of fur made practically valueless for this reason, Mr. Carty said. Instructor Bice describ- ed his students as "the most dedicated bunch I have ever worked with.'' They came from all parts of northern B.C., including one from remote Fort Ware, 400 miles north of here. They range from Country vacation plans almost ready A national association to promote country vacations for urban residents should be finalized at an Alberta meeting in April, says Janet McCracken of Ed- monton, director of the Agricultural Recreation Development Project. Following a board of directors meeting at Sylvan Lake for- the Alberta Great West Country Vacation Association, Ms. McCracken said the Cana- dian Liaison Committee will meet in Alberta this spring. It should be the last session before a national organization is formed. The purpose of a national country vacation associa- tion is to better co or- dinate promotional material to boost use of farms, ranches and seaside areas as tourist facilities, said Ms. McCracken. Alberta is a leader in the field of country vacations with most of the farms and ranches in the program located in Central and northern Alberta. Southern participation is being sought. Under the program, peo- ple can select a ranch or farm participating in the vacation scheme to spend time away from the city and crowds. Participating farmers and ranchers are set up with housing facilities to handle a set number of peo- ple and the vacationers can find out first hand rural lifestyles. experienced trappers like Mr. Carty and Delbert Richards, to Clyde Cool, 17, of Vanderhoof, youngest trapper in the course, and Robert Belisle of Prince George, an in- surance salesman who just bought a trapline and plans to spend his winters near Mica Creek, B.C., far from the pressures of city life. Three of the students were Indian trappers. The first course, backed by the B.C. fish and wildlife branch, Canada Manpower and the trappers' association, end- ed in December, but oth- ers are planned with Mr. Carty and Mr. Richards in- structing. There already is a waiting list. RALPH BICE AT WORK ON BEAVER PELT DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) Piy Ih. Hlghnl PrlOM foe HIDES-SCRAP IRON-BATTERIES RADIATORS-COPPER-BRASS-ETC'. ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS DMltanolDnte Irxfurtrta LW. Oulm In N.w Structural StMl, AitglM, Flitt ind PlfM (WholHite PrlcM) Both BiniMMM LociOd It 1505 2nd AVI. 3., Phono 327-4035 or 327-IM1 JOHN DEERE attend Farming Frontiers Farming Frontiers'75-the oriented film coming your way. See the latest in agricultural developments, and new John Deere Tractors and equipment, these films were made in many parts oHhe U.S. and Canada. Be sure to come. New John Deere Four-Wheel-Drive Tractors Come see 'em do their stuff at Farming Frontiers 75 These new 215-hp (175 PTO hp) and 275-hp (225 PTO hp) power packages open upentirely new horizons of productivity, f hey're John Deere through and through, including the fabulous comfort of the Sound-Card51 body. See 'em do their stuff at our Farming Frontiers '75. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th P.M. 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