Arizona Trappers Association December 2011 Report

President — Tony Miller, 6891 N Blackpoint Rd., Pima, AZ 85543; phone: 928-651-5000; e-mail: tntrecycling@yahoo.com

Vice President — Scott Trowbridge, P.O. Box 1847, Chinle, AZ 86503; phone: 928-674-5683; e-mail: strow@operamail.com

Recording Secretary — Mike Huffer, P.O. Box 11474, Scottsdale, AZ 85271; phone: 480-970-5904; e-mail: mjwildlife1@yahoo.com

Treasurer — Mike Hull, P.O. Box 3355, Chinle, AZ 86503; phone: 928-674-3355; e-mail: trapper7772003@yahoo.com

Membership Secretary — Amanda (Seff) Prosser, P.O. Box 4111, Chino Valley, AZ 86323; phone: 928-499-2114; e-mail: atamembershipsecretary@yahoo.com

Fur Auction Manager — Mike Huffer, P.O. Box 11474, Scottsdale, AZ 85271; phone: 480-970-5904;e-mail: mjwildlife1@yahoo.com

Director Computer Operations Fur Sale — Terri Miller, 6891 N Blackpoint Rd., Pima, AZ 85543; phone: 928-965-1000; e-mail: millerx5@aznex.net

NTA Director — Cindy Seff, P.O. Box 762, Seligman, AZ 86337; phone: 480-390-0723; e-mail: AzTrappers@hughes.net

Scent Post — John Henry Piotrowski, P.O. Box 142, McNeal, AZ 85617; phone: 520-642-3850;e-mail: jhenry@c2i2.com

Membership Options:
• Adult membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 16) with subscription — $20
• Family membership with subscription — $35
• Oldtimer membership with subscription — $75
• Lifetime membership with subscription — $275

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

ATA, Membership Secretary
Amanda Prosser
P.O. Box 4111, Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Phone: (928) 499-2114

Website http://www.angelfire.com/az2/ATA
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Hello trappers, I would like to thank our members for electing me president of this fine association. Communication has been a work in progress over the last few years and is a primary concern of mine. Please contact your county director or myself with any concerns, comments, or ideas you have.
The fur season is quickly approaching and what a great season it is shaping up to be. The market is looking very promising. Our prey base looks to be on the rise and the predators will hopefully follow suit. Ron Day of the AZGF continues to do an amazing job supporting our trapping rights and keeping us abreast of any changes for the upcoming season. This is truly a great year to be a trapper, let us make the very best of it!
The summer convention went off without any major train wrecks. With Clint Locklear and Gary Clevenger as keynote speakers how could it not be great? Both Clint and Gary’s demos left you with a mountain of information to process. Clint’s ideas, theories, and sets for cat trapping are truly state of the art and bound to improve your catch. I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days with Clint before the convention. Clint is truly one heck of a trapper, business man, thinker, and gentleman. Gary’s systematic approach to E-caller selection and the use of the shotgun in thick cover has got to be seen and heard to be believed. The biggest complaint was that they didn’t have enough time to go into more detail. As always Bob Small’s cage trapping demo left everyone laughing and anxious to try some new tricks. Nathan from Montgomery Fur was on hand again to support our organization as a vender and we thank him. Mercer Lawing and Otis Latham were also present as venders. Mercer with his excellent cage traps, videos, and humor; and Otis with his very high quality wood stretchers. To all of our venders, thank you again! Next year’s convention will be held July 27th and 28th. Please contact me with any suggestions or ideas you have for presenters or improvements.
As a membership organization it is imperative that everyone helps where they can. Please contact myself, Jeff Serdy, or any of the other officers and county directors for areas that could benefit from your additional time and support. Trappers Education, newsletters, raffles, and the fur sale are all areas that need willing people to help out. We are entertaining the idea of waiving the membership dues for anyone who is willing to work at the summer convention and waiving the sellers’ commission for members who sign up to work at the fur sale. Members please let me know what you thoughts are on this. Saving the best for last I would like to give a huge thank you to Leslie Weger our new membership secretary for an amazing job and her organizational skills.
Thank you again to all the member of the ATA for all their support in making this an amazing organization. Live free, live strong, and trap hard!

— Scott Trowbridge

TREASURER’S REPORT
All the process in the change of hands on the treasury is under way. I don’t have anything new to report this month so I am going to include some request from last month in case you didn’t read the TPC or put aside getting involved, this I am going to ask you again:
I have a favor to ask of each and every one of you though. If I can come back and take on this task. YOU each can do one little part to get the ATA going strong again better than ever before. Please all Directors that have been in holding…… contact Scott and take on one simple thing to help him out, welcome him, see what you can do to help him, even if it is only a few words of encouragement. Even if it only means making a phone call to find out nothing is going on currently maybe you can help get something sparked. Director’s and Members also help at one of the events, clean up the road in your area. Just a few hours out of the year if everyone just gave a couple hours look where we could be and what we could do.

Please don’t set this aside and think you will do it later. Just give an hour or two in a single year, that is nothing, to help preserve the sport you love and the association that has worked for you as a trapper for all these years. So make that call to one of the officers today! Remember a membership organization needs everyone to keep things rolling. And all you members out there please contact one of the officers, send Tony your e-mail for his alert system he has enacted during his term. It only takes a second to be able to stay in touch. Thank him for his role as past President and get yourself on that action alert list. Call Mike to see if you can do something to help with the fur sale. Call Terrie see if she needs help with the computer part of the fur sale. If there is an event in your county and you can set up a booth call Scott to get it rolling. Do you have an idea to help at the convention get that idea to Scott.
As stated last month also: Steve Ballard Director is our new newsletter editor. He is currently working on the first newsletter. If you have something you can share contact Steve. In order to stay abreast of what’s going on we need communication and that means you also helping keep those doors open!
The fur sale is going to be right around the corner so I would recommend that you guys keep in touch with Mike in regards to the sale and watch for information forth coming.
We have had a lot of new trappers taking trapper ed this year. I hope to meet a lot of you down the road at the fur sale or the convention.
I hope you all have a good season this year, with the weather change coming on it is just a reminder of trapping right around the corner.
Also I hope everyone that got drawn for a big game tag this years is lucky and gets some meat in your freezer. Good Luck!
I won’t let you down on this new task I have taken and I ask you please give a few minutes make a call to Scott, don’t let me down either. Show you care and lets all chip in a couple hours year to get things back on track!
Catch Ya next Time.

— Cindy Seff

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT
Hello again Trappers!
Well, we have been elk hunting and this is the first time we had a tag and didn’t fill it! No one in our camp got one. It was just too hot and a big part of the unit was closed due to a wind farm being built. My ex son in law came all the way from Winnemucca NV. At least we had a good visit!
This past month we have 2 renewing member’s: Rick and Grace Van Horn, and 10 new members: Johnny John, Atom Hatley, Wesley Rouse, Eric Vidana, Kirk Jones, Joseph Jenson, Kevin Greenwood, Ernest P. Flebotte, Scott McClung and Brycen John. Welcome and thank you! We had 28 people take the trappers education classes. I hope to get them to join the ATA also.
That’s all for now. See you next month!
Thanks to all of you!

— Leslie D. Weger

NTA DIRECTOR’S REPORT
If you have not heard, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company was a victim of arson with credit being taken by the animal rights movement. This is an unquestionable case of terrorism and we can only hope these individuals are identified and prosecuted to the fullest. If you have not done so yet, I would suggest you send Dennis an e-mail or a card to let him know he has support out there from us trappers. Although there is nothing we can do to help with the loss and devastation, we can be supportive as a community of trapping families.
If it is not one thing, it is another and there is word that there is another issue coming up to ban all fur in California, please pay close attention of what the antis will do and come up with to try to stop fur trade, which in my opinion just means that every sport they destroy brings them close to the real issue and that is the right to bear arms. If you don’t need a firearm to hunt then why do you need it? We all know the answer to these questions and what the agenda is, but let me tell you don’t ever put your guard down and think that someone else’s problem doesn’t affect you as this is a reason to stay united and solid as one.
The NTA is still seeking a state to host the NE Regional Convention if your state is interested now is the time to contact Dan Skurski , convention coordinator and get things rolling.
The NTA credit card has changed to UMB Bank to offer an NTA VISA credit card which replaces the one that was discontinued by Bank of America. The NTA will receive $50 for every new card that is acquired plus a % of the sales on the card. Contact headquarters for more information.
Also as directed by the BOD the NTA has moved $80,000 in Lifetime Savings into a CD that is receiving 2% APR.
After a talk with the new president of the New Mexico Trappers, no one has returned calls about the situation there regarding the threat of a lawsuit to halt trapping in the Gila National Forest.
Dave Linkhart had a successful trip to Washington DC with Fur Wraps the Hill, making several congressional visits and attending the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Banquet. He will be returning for additional congressional visits the end of October.
Also if you are not a member or need to renew you can do so on the website or by sending $30.00 for one year to: National Trappers Association , 2815 Washington Avenue Bedford, Indiana 47421.
Or for questions call Headquarters @ 812-277-9670.
If you ever need anything I can do to assist you or answer questions please call , if I don’t know the answer I will get it, remember I am only a phone call away 480-390-0723.
Catch ya next Time.

— Cindy Seff

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