Arkansas Trappers Association February 2013 Report

President — Aaron Hitchcock, 9331 Sister Lane, Mulberry, AR 72947; 479-997-5361; AHITCH81@YAHOO.COM

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 T&PC — $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



Hello Trappers,

I’ve got some sad news for the ones who haven’t heard. One of the founding members of the Arkansas Trappers Assoc. Joe Asher passed this last December 15 th. at the age of 90. I was told that he was preparing on Friday to head off to Texas to do a little trapping, but on Saturday had an accident and passed on Sunday. Can you believe at the age of 90 Joe was preparing to head off to Texas. Joe loved to trap in Colorado, and Texas. I know that he will be missed by all of the trappers in Arkansas and in other states where he was known.

A few of us from District 1 went to Visitation, Talking to the family I learned more about the man who loved to hunt, fish, and trap more than anything. He cared very much about the Arkansas Trappers Association that he helped to establish. All of our deepest heart felt sympathies go out to his family.

The ATA fur auction is February 16, at the Pope County Fairgrounds, 500 S. Knoxville, Russellville, Ark.72801. The host motel in the Russellville area is–Quality Inn, Exit 84 on I-40, 3019 E. Parkway Dr. Phone: 479-967-7500. Fax: 479-967-6314. Ask for the Arkansas Trappers Association Rate.

District 1 held a meeting in Ozark, at the Arkansas Valley Electric office, there were about 25 members present from all over the district. We had a potluck dinner that went over well with everyone. After dinner we held a short business meeting, then we looked over some tanned furs that was brought by some of the members. If my memory is right the next meeting may be in the Clarksville area. Wayne Watson will notify us.

The River Valley Chapter held it’s Dec. meeting with about 28 members present, a few people told me they had sickness in the family or they would have came to the meeting, that would have been about 15 more people.

After a short business meeting, Snacks were served while we played Dirty Santa. We are planning a fur handling demo for next month.

A couple of days later I was working on my truck when I crawled out from under it I looked up and saw 17 Bald Eagles, 10 adults with bright white heads and tails and 7 juveniles. I got my wife Mary to watch them with me, boy were they pretty.

If any one has any comments or questions give me a call anytime. Till next time. HOPING YOUR TRAPS ARE FULL. — Aaron Hitchcock



Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone survived Arkansas’s White Christmas 2012! We didn’t get much snow in Texarkana, but we got some! I saw reports from around the State of a foot or more in some areas, and homes and businesses without power for nearly a week. I bet nobody survived it better than our State’s trappers did. We’re a pretty resourceful bunch, after all. It was definitely a Christmas storm we’ll all remember for many years!

Last month I sent in my Editor’s Report and separately, the District 7 report. As I’m sure you noticed, only the District 7 report got published. I’m including last month’s report at the end of this month’s report. Sorry for the omission, but the problem was not on my end.

I try to visit our association’s website forum at least once a day. It’s a great place to go to for news and information, problem solving, ideas, or just to visit with or make friends. There’s lots of pictures of past conventions and workshops, along with trap-line catches, etc. You can access the forum at and it’s free to register and join in! On a recent visit, I noticed a member wanting to know how the fur sale worked. This year would be his first time to sell at auction and he was a bit intimidated by the process and wanted additional info as to how it worked. The other forum members explained the process to him and assured him there would be plenty of people there to help him. They put his fears to rest, and he’s now looking forward to it! As members, we all received a letter from the secretary with the fur sale schedule and guidelines. Some reading this may not have received that letter, so I’m listing it here:

Sale Schedule:

6:30 a.m. – Doors will open

–Anyone who does not have a lot # may obtain one on a first come, first serve basis after verification of membership and dues payment if required.

–A checklist, lot tags, and lot forms may be picked up inside at the registration table.

Lot forms are $ .25 each paid when picked up.

7:00 a.m. –Lots 1-15 may begin bringing fur into the building.

–We will post on a dry wipe board when other lots should be brought in.

–Do not bring in fur until your number is in the range posted.

Exception – otters and bobcats must be brought temporarily to the AGFC table to get CITES tags.

A representative of the AGFC will be available to issue CITES tags for bobcats and otter. You must bring these furs to their table to get the tags. Untagged otters and bobcats will NOT be sold.

8:00 a.m. – Sale will begin

Sale Guidelines

There is a maximum of 27 sub-lots per seller. For example, if you receive lot#15, you may label tags and forms with the following sub-lot numbers: 15,15A, 15B, 15C…15X,15Y and 15Z.

Note: the first sub-lot number will be 15 not 15A.

If you need more that 27 sub-lots come to the registration table for assistance.

There is a 5% commission on the total selling price of your fur as well as a 25¢ charge per sub-lot.

Note Each Sub-lot requires a separate lot form.

Each sub-lot may contain as many furs of one species as you wish to sell simultaneously.

No more than 5 green beaver or otter OR 10 green raccoon may be bundled together.

Each sub-lot may contain several bundles.

If you wish to reject a bid (PO – pull out), you must do so before the fur leaves the auction table.

Sellers must be ATA members. Anyone desiring membership may acquire it at the ATA table.

No “outside deals” (selling privately or not across the auction table).

The only exception is deer hides and antlers.

All fur will go across the auction table for all buyers to bid on.

Violators may be banned from future ATA events.

Beaver castors must be dried or fully thawed so they can be inspected by the buyers.

Anyone attempting to sell frozen castors will risk a greatly reduced price or a “no sale”.

As stated earlier, there will be plenty of people there willing to help, all you have to do is ask. It is YOUR responsibility to get YOUR fur to the auction table on time. If it’s not there on time it will be skipped and moved to the end of the sale! Please pay attention so this doesn’t happen! From what I’ve heard, prices should be similar to last year’s prices. Of course, that could change for the better or worse at any time between now and the sale, so I guess I’ll be there alongside the rest of you hoping for the best! See y’all at the sale! – Gary Helms

Here is the report I sent in for the January issue:

Trapping season is already nearly half way over with! I hope everyone is having a successful season and staying warm and dry…yeah, right! Who am I kidding? Trappers know that trapping and warm and dry don’t go together…not if you’re trapping very many critters! Just stay safe and don’t get too cold or wet. We need y’all to help with the fur sale in February. Speaking of the fur sale , I’m going to post the same info I listed here last month for those that may not have seen it. We’ve been signing up so many new members lately, this may be the first issue of the magazine for some.

The Arkansas Trappers Association will hold its 2013 Fur Sale on February 16, 2013 at the Pope County Fairgrounds, 500 S Knoxville, Russellville, AR 72801. Google Map the address for location and driving directions.

The annual Fur Sale Lot# drawing will be held shortly after 15 January, 2013. Lot # Drawing registration fees of $10 for participation in the drawing will not be refunded, but will be applied to the commission you owe. To reserve your lot number, please send us your name and address along with e-mail address and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Customer ID# (Hunting license # if no ID) along with a check or money order for $10 payable to the Arkansas Trappers Association. to: Arkansas Trappers Association, P.O. Box 493, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

If members traveling together need consecutive lot numbers, deposits must be mailed together in one envelope with each person’s information and the preferred order of lot assignments within the group.

Your deposit must be received by Jan 15, 2013 to be entered in the drawing for reserved lot numbers. You will be notified by post card or e-mail when the lot numbers are drawn. Any entries received after January 15 will be assigned the next available lot number.

Those who wish to wait until the day of the Fur Sale will receive lot #s on a first come, first serve basis. Remember that participation in the ATA Fur Sale is a benefit of ATA Membership. Your membership must be current as of the day of the sale. Memberships will be available at the sale. Questions may be directed to the “ATA Sec/Treas” at or Fur Sale Coordinator, Heath Shaw @ or Phone: 501-889-4619.

The host motel is: Quality Inn Exit 84 I-40, 3019 E. Parkway Dr., Russellville, AR, 72802, Phone: (479) 967-7500, Fax: (479) 967-6314, $58.49 + Tax per Night, Call and ask for the Arkansas Trappers Association Rate.

With trapping season in full swing there’s not much news to report. Everyone is too busy enjoying the outdoors, some along with family and friends. I encourage each of you to take at least one new person along with you this season and introduce them to trapping. Let them see for themselves that we’re not the cruel animal haters that we’re portrayed as being by the anti’s. My oldest granddaughter, Gabriella, turned seven this year and she was out of school the entire week of Thanksgiving. She got to stay with us and go trapping with “Pawpaw” all week. She was very helpful and asked lots of great questions. We caught some coons, nutrias, and a coyote on the last day. She even helped with the skinning! Glenda overheard her giving a man at church step-by-step instructions on making a coyote set, along with the reason for each step! I’m not sure which of us enjoyed our week of trapping more, but we made memories we’ll both always cherish. I hope she gets to go with me during Christmas break.

I’m headed back out to check my traps. The Helms family wants to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’ll see ya here next month! — Gary Helms

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