Georgia Trappers Association September 2010 Report

Georgia Trappers Association

President — Gene Pritchett, 107 Seaboard Road, Jesup, GA 31545; phone: 912-586-6905

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

Correspondence Secretary — Steve Rainey, 1923 Beattie Road, Albany, Ga 31707; phone: 229-449-9533

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

Legislative Director — Ted Gustin, 494 Eastside Drive, Thomaston, GA 30286; phone: 706-648-1951

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

F.T.A. Director ­— 92 Rocky Point Road, Covington, GA 30014; phone: 404-402-2207

Executive Director — Chris Johnson, 2448 U.S. Hwy 411 S.E., Fairmount, GA 30139, phone: 706-337-5608

General Organizer — Teresa Keys, 3158 East Fairview Road, McDonough, GA 30252; phone: 770-388-7951

Membership Options:

• Regular membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Lifetime membership with subscription to 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


The weatherman said this morning that the heat wave was broken. Lucky for us too, as the temperatures over the last several days had been over 100, but today it was just 100!

Each evening, I put out table scraps or a handful of dog food in a pan and watch as ’coons and gray foxes come to eat. Their antics can be very entertaining. Last evening, a thunderstorm was threatening, so to keep the food bowl from filling up with water I moved two saw horses to either side and placed a piece of plywood on them to form a roof.

One of the foxes is by nature more cautious than the other. He showed up to eat first and approached the bowl with his usual stop, look and listen method. But wait, what in the world is all that other stuff? He’d make a circle around the saw horses, take another look and then circle again. He did this over and over.

You couldn’t help wondering, if this city fox that is completely familiar with people, and even depends on them to provide his evening meal, is that suspicious of a slight change in his environment how much more so must his truly wild country cousins be?

Another interesting situation the other evening had the less cautious fox and a ’coon eating from the bowl at the same time, their faces only inches apart and completely unconcerned with the other’s presence.

The GA Trappers Association’s Annual Convention will be held on Saturday and Sunday October first and second near Hazelhurst at the Bullard Creek WMA. This site is right on the banks of the Altamaha River and a perfect spot for a trapping convention.

Come and bring a friend! Hope to see you there.

— Steve Rainey

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