By MIKE CORN
OSBORNE -- You knew you were in the right place the second you walked into the round-top building.
There was no mistaking the smells that accompany furharvesting, or for that matter, the traps, lures and scents to go with it all.
There also were furs aplenty, coyotes, foxes, beavers and even a fully tanned black wolf hide with an asking price of $400.
It was, after all, the annual Kansas Fur Harvesters Association state rendezvous, taking place at the Osborne County Fairgrounds.
A steady stream of trappers filed through the displays from vendors, but association vice president Roger Macy was expecting a big crowd at Saturday's session. That's when he was hoping for as many as 600 to 700 people to file through, taking in a variety of demonstrations that had been scheduled.
Kansas Fur Harvesters started in either 1973 or 1975, Macy said.
"We've had one nearly every year," he said, adding that he was sure the first was in 1973.
Dealers from throughout the area were on hand, he said, ticking of a list of states -- Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas -- where they hailed from. Dealers included John Gnad, Ellis.
Saturday was the day Macy was looking forward to.
"I'd like to see 600 to 700 people," he said.
Surrounded by traps, lures and scents of all kinds, Gnad agreed the day could bring in that many people.
"Maybe my hopes are too high," Macy said.
In addition to the dealers, a number of demonstrations were conducted, ranging from bobcat skinning to snare construction.
It was all things for the furbearer.
"Like a big old family reunion," said Macy's wife, Donna.
"This is furharvesting," said Roger Macy, "not just trapping because we're trying to cover all phases."
Macy is a strong proponent of furharvesting.
"It was put out here for us to utilize," he said. "If we don't utilize it, Mother Nature will take care of it. Mother Nature, how cruel she can be for our furbearers.
"We need to harvest the excess and leave the breeding stock."