2005-06 Trapping Guide Released
The 2005-06 Manitoba Trapping Guide is now available, providing trappers with information on the current seasons and regulation changes for the coming year, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.
"Trapping has a long tradition in Manitoba, especially for First Nations people harvesting animals for food and clothing," said Struthers. "In many communities, trapping still remains a way of life and an important source of seasonal income."
A significant change for trappers this year is the opening of an experimental fisher season in southern Manitoba. The fisher is a large member of the weasel family. Males measure 90 to 120 centimetres, weigh 3.5 to 5.5 kilograms and have blackish-brown fur that becomes thick and soft from November to March. The female is smaller.
The current fisher season has been underway for about a month. The black bear trapping season ends on Nov. 15 in the Registered Trapline and the Northern Special Trapping areas.
This year, the guide’s front cover features marten releases in the Duck Mountain Registered Trapline Section in the late 1960s. The success of this reintroduction program over the last decade has resulted in about $200,000 in marten pelts being harvested by trappers from this section.
Martens are smaller members of the weasel family. Their fur is soft and thick, varying in color from pale buff or yellow to reddish or dark brown. Martens have long, bushy tails that are one-third of their total length. The female is about three-fourths the size of the male.
Last year, Manitoba trappers harvested nearly $3 million in fur-bearer pelts. Trapping Guides are available from Manitoba Conservation District offices, trapping licence vendors and online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/hunt_trap.