Arkansas Trappers Association August 2014 Report


President — Aaron Hitchcock, 9331 Sister Lane, Mulberry, AR 72947; 479-997-5361;

Vice President — Charlie Bass, 6755 Bethesda Lane, Batesville, AR 72501; 870-698-1154;

Secretary/Treasurer — Gary Gray, PO Box 493, Arkadelphia, AR 71923; 870-403-2469;

NTA Director — Mike Fischer, 13823 Masoner Road, Lonsdale, AR 72087; 501-939-2325

Editor — Gary Helms, 1092 Vanderbilt Rd., Texarkana, AR 71854; 870-772-3834;


Membership Options:

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

• Family membership with subscription — $27


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

ATA, Secretary/Treasurer

Gary Gray

PO Box 493

Arkadelphia, AR 71923



Our Spring Board of Directors meeting was held May 3rd at Whole Hog Cafe in Little Rock. Most of the Board members were there, and we got several business matters taken care of. The following is from my notes taken at the meeting:

Mike Fischer is still working on pamphlets. (We decided at our February meeting to see about having some tri-fold pamphlets printed with ATA info to hand out at events and distribute to Nature Centers and similar places around the State.)

By-Laws amended by Board to be voted on for approval at General Membership Meeting at Petit Jean. (The Board went through the current by-laws and brought them up to date with several amendments. We will go over them with the membership at the Fall Convention and vote on them there.)

Charlie Bass is our Fall Convention coordinator.

Aaron Hitchcock is our Trapper Education Workshop coordinator.

Doug Henderson is our Fur Sale coordinator.

The Awards Committee is now made up of the President, Vice President, and Sterlen Kirschman. (Everyone needs to get their nominations for Trapper of the Year and Mr. and Mrs. Trapper to one of these committee members ASAP!)

We voted to order some long sleeve ATA shirts for this Fall.

We voted to send Lynn Black a receipt for two donated spotted skunks for our fur displays. (Thanks, Lynn!!!)

We voted to let the membership vote on whether or not to keep the computer program we’re currently using at the Fur Sale. ( That vote will take place at the Fall Convention.)

We voted to send Steve “Wildman” Wilson a letter of appreciation for the trapping episode he aired on his program.

Dub Shankle informed us that everything is on track for a good show at the NTA SE Regional Convention in October.

We voted to donate $200.00 to the Salvation Army for tornado victims from the storms that passed through Arkansas just days before our Board meeting.

Don’t forget about our Fall convention at Petit Jean September 12th and 13th. I had all the reservation info in the last issue and I’ll have all of the convention info in the next issue. You can also find the information on our website at Hope to see everyone there! — Gary Helms



I want to thank everyone who attended the Spring Convention. I also want the thank the instructors that took care to the demos:

Dub Shankle, Bobby Blair, Dana Smith, Scott Smith, Charlie Bass and Aaron Hitchcock

And a big thank you to the vendors who had anything one needed for trapping:

Cecil Gibbs ADC – Cecil Gibbs

Outdoor Critter Gitters – Tim Rainey

Trapperchick – Dana Smith

NAFA – Sterlen Kirschman

The Dragons – Jason Lambert

Made in USA – Kyle Lasaster

Sloan’s Trapping Supplies – Mark Sloan

K & K Animal Control – Tim Ross

American Animal Control – Dub Shankle

We also want to thank everyone who donated items for the auction as well as the women who ran the concession stand. You ladies are Special.

The ATA acquired 15 new members and had 2 renewals.

I can’t thank everyone enough who helped make the 2014 ATA Spring Convention a success!

By the time you read this we will have had our June meeting in Mulberry for a pot luck lunch and get ready for the Fall Convention.

Until next time, have fun in the woods but always be careful. — Wayne Watson


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