Arizona Trappers Association September 2013 Report

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

Vice President — Jeff Serdy, 11518 E. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. 85220; 480-984-8616;
ajisports@msn.com

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

Treasurer — Cindy Seff, P.O. Box 762, Seligman, AZ 86337; 480-390-0723; AzTrappers@gmail.com

Membership Secretary — Leslie D. Weger, P.O. Box 778, Seligman, AZ 86337; 928-713-0205;
atamembershipsecretary@yahoo.com

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

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

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

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

 

Membership Options:

• Adult membership including subscription to 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

Leslie D. Weger

P.O. Box 778

Seligman, AZ 86337

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Trappers,

What a great convention! The number of new trappers was truly amazing. I believe it was one of the largest turnouts we have had in many years. Thank you all for coming and making it such a success.

First, I would like to congratulate and welcome Ron Day aboard as our new President! We are in good hands as an association with Ron at the helm. Ron has well over 30 years of experience as a trapper, predator biologist, and leader. Thank you Ron!

I would like to send out a huge thank you to George Bosick for being our keynote speaker and sharing with us his vast trapping knowledge, a work ethic that would cripple a mule, and his expertise in double door cages. I think everyone who got to see the demos and talk with George walked away a better trapper. Thank you George!

Ron Day and Mercer Lawing both gave great talks on changes to the AZ trapping regulations, legislation, trapping etiquette, and the legal battle that our fellow trappers in CA are fighting. As trappers we need to hang together or we will … hang separately.

Stan Scheper’s Trappers Education class was packed to overflowing with new trappers off to a great start. Thank you Stan for making the Trappers Ed courses meaningful and such a success!

It was great to see Rick and Grace VanHorn after a couple of busy years. It was a real pleasure to get the chance to give a team bobcat skinning and fur put up demo with my mentor Rick. Thank you Rick for all the guidance and laughs over the years!

I would like to welcome our new Navajo County director Wayne Boring aboard. Wayne and I will be giving a trappers Ed course at the AZDGF Pinetop office Sept. 14 at 8 a.m.

Brent Parker has stepped up as next year’s convention director. Please contact Brent if you would like to help or have any suggestions. Brent also put on a couple of great demos on the training and use of dogs on the calling stand and trapline.

I would also like to thank Joe Melton and Bob Rockwell for all the decades of hard work you have put in to keeping the ATA afloat and making it such a success. You have left some very big tracks to follow! — Scott Trowbridge

 

TRAVIS TURBYFILL FAMILY FUNDRAISER

Travis Turbyfill, 27. Described by his family as funny and selfless in an obituary on AZCentral.com,
Travis was a Marine who served in the U.S. Forest Service since 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and their two daughters, Brynley and Brooklyn.
Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers continue to be focused on one of our ATA brethen, Travis Turbyfill,
who was one of the 19 fallen brave heroes
of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in the line of duty
fighting to contain the Yarnell Wildfire.
We mourn with the nation for the tragic loss of this elite fire-fighting squad,
and no words are adequate to encompass the shock and grief
that must be experienced by their families and friends.

We do hereby dedicate this year’s congregation of our annual Arizona Trappers Association Convention on July 26th -27th at the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe in the  memory of Travis Turbyfill so that we may honor his legacy of protecting the wild places we love and cherish. He gave his life when he was called upon to help protect the lives of other souls including wildlife and to protect our vanishing wilderness. Our hearts also go out to his wife and his daughters who must now rebuild their lives without Travis at their sides. We wish to come together and, in this brave man’s memory, do what we can to help the Turbyfill family through this most difficult of times by collecting donations that will go directly to the family during our convention.

Please visit the ATA page at http://www.angelfire.com/az2/ATA/fundraiserpage.html to make a donation or the family. Click on the Paypal Donation Button at the bottom of the page! Please earmark that donation attention Turbyfill Family! Our association salutes all first responders who put their lives on the line whenever and however they are called upon. They are the true heroes we should appreciate more. — Members of the Arizona Trappers Association

 

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