Arkansas Trappers Association October 2012 Report

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

Vice President — Aaron Hitchcock, 9331 Sister Ln., Mulberry, AR 72947; 479-997-8401

Secretary/Treasurer — Rocky Weeks, P.O. Box 987, Cabot, AR 72023; 501-259-3610;

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

Editor — Mark Alexander, P.O. Box 1681, Greenwood, AR 72936; 479-310-0692;


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

Rocky Weeks

P.O. Box 987

Cabot, AR 72023



There’s still time to get your reservation in for a weekend of trapping instruction from some of the best trappers in Arkansas. The 2012 Trappers Workshop will be held October 26, 27 and 28 at Camp Clearfork, 21 miles west of Hot Springs on US Hwy 270 W.

Topics covered will be land trapping, water trapping, fur marketing, fur handling, ethics and safety, and more. Sponsors are Arkansas Trappers Association, Southwest Arkansas Fur Takers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and North American Fur Auctions. If you are just starting out or looking to sharpen your skills, the workshop will certainly help you out. Scouts, 4H and other groups are welcome.

Cost is $10 for under 18, $20 for age 19 and over. This covers lodging in a rustic cabin and your meals cooked and served in the camp dining hall. Yep, that’s right, just 20 bucks for two nights lodging, at least 4 homemade meals AND a full weekend of trapping demo’s and instruction. Most of Saturday will consist of small groups visiting different trapping demo stations for 45 minutes each for beaver, otter, coyote, bobcat, fox, raccoon and mink. Saturday evening and Sunday are usually reserved for classroom style instruction for fur handling, safety and ethics.

First time attendee’s get priority on the cabins although there is a tent overflow area and other campgrounds close to Camp Clearfork. If staying in the cabins, you will need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bag or blankets and a pillow). Might also watch the weather and bring a jacket or coveralls if cool temperatures are in the forecast.

Camp Clearfork is in Royal, AR, on US Highway 270W. If coming from the east, it’s 21 miles from downtown Hot Springs. If coming from the west, it’s 17 miles from Mount Ida. The camp is on the south side of the highway, watch for the brown US Forest Service sign.

For more information, contact workshop coordinator Aaron Hitchcock at (479) 997-5361. Reservations must be received by Friday, October 12, 2012. Make Reservations Early, Space is Limited!

Trappers Workshop Registration Form

Name: ___________________________________

Age: ________

Address: ____________________________________

City: ________________________State: ________

Zip: ____________

Phone: _________________________

Arrival: Fri PM ___ Sat AM ____

Have you previously attended an Arkansas Trappers Workshop? Yes ___ No ___

Will you be staying in cabins? Yes ___ No ___

Please list all names, ages and addresses in your group on a separate page

Mail reservations with check or money order to: Arkansas Trappers Workshop, c/o Aaron Hitchcock, 9331 Sister Lane, Mulberry, Arkansas 72947.

Note: The deadline for this report was the weekend before the 2012 ATA Convention. Next month we’ll have a convention report and election results.

Good luck this season! — Mark Alexander

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