Harvest Sample Submissions


Involvement from trappers is greatly appreciated in many projects and studies.  We welcome the opportunity to not only engage participation in Saskatchewan fur harvesters but also to encourage any provincial studies the ability to reach out to our members.

If you have any submission requests or would like to participate, please feel free to contact us.


Carcass Sample Collection Program

The Saskatchewan Trappers Association in partnership with Environment Canada, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, and the University of Saskatchewan will once again be working with licensed trappers to conduct parasite and disease studies on furbearers in the 2023-2024 season.  No viruses were detected in the 2022-23 season and parasite testing is ongoing.

Eligible species are mink, marten, fisher,raccoon, wolverine, lynx, and wolves.  Animals will be eligible for a honorarium of $20 per carcass, up to a maximum of 10 submissions per trapper member’s household.

Fox and coyote will only be accepted from  Wildlife Management Zones: 1, 2E, 2W, 4, 5, 17, 18, 21, and the RWMZ

Members of the Saskatchewan Trappers Association will be eligible for the honorarium.

Carcass Collection

Try to submit multiple species: up to only 10 samples per household.

Mustelid samples accepted are: Weasel, Mink, Marten, Fisher          Also: Lynx & Raccoon

Coyotes and foxes will be studied for parasites – therefore everything must be skinned.

Entire large carcass in a garbage bag and may need to partially thawed to tuck legs or cut off so the carcass is as compact as possible .

PROCESS

  1. After skinning each animal, you may remove legs and/or the tail to minimize freezer space. Do not remove the head. Include in the bag (especially Coyote & Fox & Wolf)
  2. Place specimen in a bag suitable to completely wrap around the carcass and secure with duct tape.
  3. Write your name, the type of animal, and the nearest town, RM, or WMZ on the tag using a permanent marker. Freeze samples as soon as possible. Complete the tag and attach to the bag securely with clear Tape
  4. Prior to transport, contact the depot via telephone to confirm:
    • There is availability to accept samples at that location; be respectful – remember these are volunteers!
    • Be Sure someone is available to accept the samples. Do not leave samples if no one is available to process
    • Upon arrival, samples must be frozen and in satisfactory packaging with the required information written on each sample. Each depot has the right to decline samples if packaging is inadequate.
  5.  Present your valid license for processing. Membership will be validated through the Saskatchewan Trappers Association and cheques will be mailed to you in approximately 2-4 weeks time. Payment will not be made that day.

**Remember you must be a member of the STA to get paid.

(Your $15 membership can be purchased online at www.saskatchewantrappers.com/membership).

Drop off Locations

– Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Hudson Bay, Yellow Grass & Nipawin

You will need to contact Don or Karen Gordon for instructions and contacts:

@ 1-306-862-4036
Saskatchewan Trappers Association