California Trappers Association February 2010 Report

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

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

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

Secretary — Leona Hencratt; phone: 530-547-3240

Treasurer — Walter Hawering, 900 Hillgate Rd., Arbuckle, CA 95912

Membership Options:

• Family membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior membership with subscription — $15
• Lifetime membership — $300
• Subscription cost for life members — $10

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 707-722-4259


I must unfortunately inform you that the fur sale is cancelled due to lack of fur, and I hope that those of you who have marketable goods will do well in the other venues that are around for such things. Our annual meeting and mini-rendezvous will be taking place in April; we will have more info next month.

The lawsuit is in discovery still, and will be in court on March 3. The HSUS, our main adversary in this David vs. Goliath/good vs. truly evil conflict, are up to their usual dirty rotten slimy delaying tactics. Example: They want all the ranchers involved to document every coyote kill and loss they have suffered in the last 15 years. They want tax returns and profit-and-loss from all involved, to somehow prove that they have suffered from depredation; also, document all their pre-Prop. 4 vs. post-Prop. 4 everything, how many coyote kills lately vs. before, etc. This is, of course, basically irrelevant to the realities we all know to be true; but for a slimy lawyered-up delaying tactic, to distract and annoy, of course…you know. Thank God we have right on our side and the grit to slog this out.

I also wish to propose a new take on things: Perhaps we should all say that we trappers, ranchers, hunters, etc., are all vegetarians after a fashion. The sun makes the grass grow, and we eat an intermediate product that converts the grass to a more palatable form. I suppose you could say that we are recycling the grass after a fashion, as well. So we’ve gone solar, green and vegetarian. Do you think that will make them like us? We’ll see.

— John Clark


Howdy, folks. I am sure anyone of you, whoever looks at a TV, has seen the tons and tons of heartstring-tugging, abused-animal-picturing, begging-for-money ads from the HSUS. The ads confine themselves to mangy-looking pets and I am sure that they garner a tremendous amount of funding for that organization. Now, I knew that they were a bunch of lying, cheating, dirt-bag activist scum; just ask Daniel about his run-in with their president. But I mostly ducked the issue by just killing the volume or changing the channel whenever these things would appear.

But the HSUS is trying to remake and ruin the nuisance-wildlife control through the legislative process, and I was advised to look at their Web site as sort of a “know your enemy/learn from the experts” kind of thing. I was truly, truly stunned at the breadth, depth and scope of their lying, rotten, destructive designs on our society as it relates to our outdoor heritage, and interaction with living things on all levels. We are ALL demonized and lied about. Apparently houndsmen torture animals, dove shooters never recover and eat their quarry…

I really am not an advocate of getting angry about something for no reason, but I in good conscience must advise anyone with a computer to look at the activities of the HSUS. They are truly scary, and we are fighting a wall of lies. Their assumptions about all of us are all wrong, purposefully. They demonize us to prevent rational discourse at any level. So, please take a look at their Internet info; just Google it in and bookmark it ( I can’t take it in anything but small doses; poison is like that. But we must inform ourselves, for ignorance on our side will be fatal. They have instructions for their little “minions” to do anything: talk to elected officials, lobby, use the press, and on and on. It is a big city when most Web sites are small towns, so wander around it and marvel.

On a lighter note, I hope that y’all are having a great season and continue to have a good and safe time out there. Hope to see you at the fur sale, and have a happy new year.

— James Schmerker

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