Georgia Trappers Association August 2009 Report

Georgia Trappers AssociationPresident — Earl Thompson,5079 High Rock Rd., Pitts, GA 31072;phone: 229-648-6475; e-mail: thomp@sowega.net

Vice President — Gary Newman, 1182 Hwy 107, Denton, GA 31532; phone: 912-375-3795

Correspondence Secretary — C.R. Benson, 139 Waterway Court, Macon, GA 31220; phone: 478-935-2940; e-mail: johnrick@pstel.net

Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Tommy Key, P.O. Box 1005, Pine Mountain, GA 31822; phone: 706-628-4686

Legislative Director — Gene Pritchett., 107 Seaboard Rd., Jesup, GA 31545; phone: 912-586-6905

NTA Director — Rusty Johnson, Rt. 1, Chula, GA 31733; phone: 229-382-2499

F.T.A. Director ­— C.R. Benson, 139 Waterway Court, Macon, GA 31220; phone: 478-935-2940; e-mail: johnrick@pstel.net

Executive Director — Wade Keys, 3158 East Fairview Rd., McDonough, GA 30252, phone: 770-388-7951

Membership Options:
• Regular membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
GTA, Membership Secretary/Treasurer
Tommy Key
P.O. Box 1005, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY’S REPORT

On May 9, the Georgia Trappers Association held its Spring Fling. We had good attendance and I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in the planning and preparation for the meeting.

One of the more entertaining aspects of our get –togethers is watching the children entertain themselves! Sometimes they are very attentive to the demos. Sometimes they will do impromptu demos of their own. At the Spring Fling, displaying the highly developed predatory instincts of a good trapper and cooperating like a pack of wolves, they participated in a good old-fashioned rat killing.

I recently received a nice letter from GTA member Billy Laster of Dublin, GA. Thanks for writing, Billy, and I appreciate your kind words.

While I was out of town for a week, a trapper from Montana came by the house to visit. He’d read the submission where I wrote about trappers helping trappers and had some questions about trapping here in Georgia. When I got home, I called the number he’d left with my wife. Later that day, he came by for a visit. His name was Sam Gill, and he was here visiting relatives in Southwest Georgia.

I had spent a year in Southwest Montana a short distance from where his wife is from. As we talked, we discovered we’d actually sold fur to the same fur buyer in Butte! Small world, once again.
Lots of corn and peanuts planted in our area this year, good food for rats and mice. Good food for coyotes! So while we’re sweating through upper 90s and some 100-degree days, we can anticipate cooler temperatures and catching some of those coyotes.

Wade the creek and stay cool!

— Steve Rainey

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