California Trappers Association April-May 2013 Report

President — John Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd., Redcrest, CA 95569; 707-722-4259

Vice President — James C. Schmerker Jr., P.O. Box 1166, Bethel Island, CA 94511; 925-684-3855;

Membership Secretary — Rita Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569; 707-722-4259

Secretary — Leona Hencratt; 530-547-3240

Treasurer — John Clark, 907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569


Membership Options:

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

• Junior membership with subscription — $15

• Lifetime membership — $300

• Subscription cost for life members — $12


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

CTA, Membership Secretary

Rita Clark

907 Holmes Flat Rd. Redcrest, CA 95569




Hello trappers,

Well things are going so so here in calif. By the time you read this, most of the seasons will be over and some are year round like coyote and skunk. The lawsuit is moving along slowly as you know who is trying to slow it down. Last I heard, we are going to court soon, cant say at this time. The US Forest Service, which I discussed last month when they said trapping on their land was unlawful, well, I got in touch with three US Forest Service places in northern calif. And none of them have that rule. So, up here in the north, things are still good to trap on their land at this time. I will try to keep my eye on this. NOW THAT GUY from down south that called me about the US Forest service trapping call me back as I lost your number. Please call. I also got a call from Reid that there is a new bill that is being pushed to stop trapping and the selling of bobcats in this state. At this time, that is all I know. If it is not one thing, the whole thing comes down. One thing that helps is members, the more the better. Send yours in when you can, the sooner the better. Now we need more trappers. If we get them trapping, then we can have a nice big fur sale and big pot luck. The trappers will have a rendezvous again this year. A flyer will go out. I have to talk to the landowner to see if we can go there. I know what he will say, but I will ask any way. This year, I will try to get to see if we can bring our coyote gun and see who can shoot. That is about it for now. Thank you. — John Clark



Howdy folks, long time no see! I just spent a long period in a grand local hospital,and for the first time in sixteen years must definitively say, DO NOT FALL OFF YOUR LADDER!! I was on a short ladder,on a short roof,and fell off,landed on my head. The neurosurgeon sawed open my noggin,removed the high pressure bits,and stitched me up. After a ten day coma,and three weeks in intensive care,I felt much better and felt like going home. That is essentially true,though I am leaving out a lot of the important bits. Brain trauma is kinda weird, I need a lot of rehab,and work is now is really work! A month in the bed,tied down,literally, lost me 16 lbs of muscle mass,and most of my strength. Grumpy and tired is a mental side effect,my family puts up with lot, including all my old work. I will talk to you’ next month as things improve. Take care! — James

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