Arkansas Fur Trappers Association March 2013 Report

ASSOCIATION CONTACT — Arkansas Fur Trappers Association, P.O. Box 1681, Greenwood, AR 72936; 479-651-3597; arkansasfurtrappers@gmail.com

President — Brad McDaniel; 479-651-3597

Vice President — Greg Griffith; 479-774-1434

Secretary/Treasurer — Mark Alexander; 479-310-0692; arkansasfurtrappers@gmail.com

General Organizer — Donald Wilcox; 479-997-8559

 

Membership Options:

• Individual membership without subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $10

• Individual membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $22

• Family membership without subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $13

• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

• Lifetime membership with plaque (without subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller) — $100

• Commercial membership/sponsorship — Please contact an AFTA officer for pricing and information.

 

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

Arkansas Fur Trappers Association

P.O. Box 1681

Greenwood, AR 72936

 

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Well that about wraps up the 2013 fur trapping season in Arkansas. Hope everyone had a good one and gets top dollar for their pelts. Season is still open through the end of March for beaver, muskrat and nutria. If shipping your fur to a spring auction, you’ve got through March to get your cats and otters tagged.

In association news, Arkansas Fur Trappers Association is now officially incorporated as a 501c(7) corporation. This status doesn’t allow donations to be tax-deductible like a 501c(3) does, but it does allow the AFTA to endorse political candidates while remaining a non-profit tax exempt organization.

Last month, AFTA had a booth at Beast Feast 2013 sponsored by Mt. Olive church in Crawford County. The event was held at Van Buren High School and had vendors for hunting, taxidermy, custom knives, fishing and home crafts. The AFTA booth had a display of traps, furs and a running loop of the AGFC Trapper Education DVD. All afternoon there was a constant stream of people that stopped by to talk trapping and fur. The main event was a buffet line of all sorts of wild game meals. No ’possum or coon, but plenty of deer, duck and squirrel. Thanks to Mt. Olive church for allowing us to participate.

We’ve got a new life membership special for two people in the same household that can save $50 off regular life membership. The two people could be husband-wife, parent-child, grandparent-grandchild, etc, they just need to live at the same address. This would normally cost $100 each or $200 for both. This special price for two people in the same household is $150 and each will receive a wooden plaque with a plate showing member name and life member # and a real 1-1/2 coilspring trap. Check our website at http://arkansasfurtrappers.org to see a picture of the plaque.

Speaking of websites, Facebook is popular with young and old alike so we’ve started a Facebook page and a group. If you’re on Facebook, search for Arkansas Fur Trappers to find us and like us. Ask to join our group page and admins Jay Gill or David Brownfield will get you accepted quickly. Show us your catch, ask questions, help other trappers, sell used equipment or just shoot the bull on the AFTA Facebook Group Page.

Anybody tried to buy any bullets lately? All the political talk about banning firearms has people in a state of panic buying and can hardly find anything at decent prices if in stock at all, even 22lr. Lots of congress critters who can’t tell their muzzle from their breech are trying to ban guns on cosmetic features. You may not use a modern sporting rifle or your turkey shotgun may not have a pistol grip, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come after your gun next. Got to have a firearm to hunt and trap so we need to keep up with what’s going on in state and nation capitols. Sure would slow down a line to have to load powder, cap and ball for each dispatch.

Until next month, stay safe and good luck on the water line. — Mark Alexander

 

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