President — Fred J. Becker, 8 Grove St, Clinton, CT 06413; 860-669-2847; FKMBecker@comcast.net
Vice President West — Jules Perreault, 1271 Durham Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492; 203-284-8051; PerreaultJules@SBCGlobal.net
Vice President East — Mike Cote, 50 Hopevalley Road, Hebron, CT 06231; 860-228-2404;
Treasurer — Lisa Rivkin, 1149 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032; 860-712-6874; firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary — Don Dandelski, 43 N 3rd St., Meriden, CT 06451; 203-235-1318; DDWildlife@sbcglobal.net
NTA Director — Dave Ridzon, 8 Burt Latham Road, Willington, CT 06279; 860-933-76034;
• 1-year membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• 2-year membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $48
• 3-year membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $64
• 15-years and under — $10
• Lifetime — $350
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
Connecticut Trappers Association, Inc.
PO Box 485
Meriden, CT. 06451
Hello fellow trappers, I guess I’ll start by saying what a year for fur prices. It’s again a great time to be a fur trapper. All around, I’d say trappers are happy with prices. I spent almost all of my fur money on new traps. I hope you all had a fun safe season. Now is the time to start getting ready for next season, work on traps, get more land, clean up the fur shed, etc.
The CTA is working on putting together our second advanced trapper training class. The date is Sept. 21 at the Meriden Rod and Gun Club on Raven Lane in Meriden, CT. We will have some of Connecticut’s top trappers there. We will have demos on beavers, mink, raccoons, fishers and canines as well as skinning demos. The price is $20 per adult and $15 for kids 14 and under.
Our date is set for our yearly trapping convention. It’s Oct. 5, also at the Meriden Rod and Gun Club. We will have demos, food, supply dealers and some tailgaters selling stuff. For info, call me at (203) 235-1318 (Trapper Don).
And let’s not forget to make plans for conventions. The NTA Convention is in Lima, Ohio. Olson’s is in Bethell, Maine (hoping to get a group of Connecticut guys to go to Olson’s). This will be my third year going. If you live in the east or were ever and you can make Olson’s, you should go. It’s always a great time, great people, great supply dealers and more great times. I look forward to it every year. Then there is the Herkimmer, NY convention. That’s also always a great time.
Back to the CTA. If you have the time, get involved with us. We could always use some young people, ideas, etc. We’re a small group, but we do our best to keep trapping alive in our small state. Also, our website is up and running. Check it out and comment with some ideas if you will.
With fur trapping slow right now, I’m hoping to have time to get some fishing in this summer. Stripers and fluke from the Yak is always a great time to spend on the water. I also love night fishing for bass in the Yak. It gets spooky sometimes, but there’s nothing like hearing the splash when a nice bass hits the top of the water.
We had a meeting this month with Cris Vann and Lori Fortin from the Department of Environmental Protection. They talked about beaver trapping and trapping beavers as a Connecticut NWCO. It was great info to hear. We also talked about mange in the canine population in Connecticut. I just got my paper from the DEP on the trapping survey. Please fill it out and send it in. It helps them keep track of trapping info in Connecticut. We still have two anti-trapping bills in the state that are not dead yet. Please write your state reps and senators and tell them to oppose the anti-trapping bills.
Also, if you’re a Connecticut trapper and need info on joining us, email me at email@example.com or call me at (203) 235-1318. I own Eastern Wildlife Trapping Supplies. If you join the CTA, I’ll give a 10-percent discount on your first order or a 5-percent discount on your order for a renewal membership. I’ll try to do my part for the CTA. Will you do yours?
OK, well I gotta run for now. Take a kid fishing this summer. It always makes them smile. Till next time. — Trapper Don