Georgia Trappers Association December 2013 Report

President — Gene Pritchett, 107 Seaboard Road, Jesup, GA 31545; 912-586-6905; cell: 912-424-0438;

Vice President — Lewis Todd, 9969 Ga. Hwy 102 W, Mitchell, GA 30802; 706-598-2554; cell: 478-232-1040;

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

Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Holly Zerwig, P.O. Box 613, Metter, GA 30439; 912-682-7256; 912-314-3438;

Legislative Director — Lee Riley, 331 Lake Drive, Pine Mtn, GA 31822; 706-977-8108

NTA Director — Rusty Johnson, Rt. 1, Chula, GA 31733; 229-382-2499; cell: 229-445-1388;

F.T.A. Director ­— Mike Gibson, 912 Kersey Road, Elko, GA 30125; 478-952-2105

Executive Director — Randy Zerwig, 35978 Ga Hwy 23 N., Metter, GA 30439; 912-685-6222; cell: 912-682-7256;

General Organizer — Travis LeMay, P.O. Box 1564, McDonough, Ga 30253; 678-395-1708; cell: 678-395-1708;


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

Holly Zerwig

P.O. Box 613

Metter, GA 30439



Well, it’s finally November, summer has relinquished its hold and cool temperatures are beginning to take over. As I write this, trapping season is just one month away. With all the rain we got during the early part of the year, there are drains and runs with water in them that haven’t had water in years. And that bodes well for the otter trapper. With otter prices looking up it makes sense to set for them.

When setting for canines the mantra is “set on sign”, works for water trapping too. But it’s a mistake to overlook small runs, even with no sign to go on. If you’re familiar with the area you may know that a small run empties from a pond or leads to a pond somewhere down below and you could be looking at an otter travel-way. If you’re not so familiar with the area, try sticking a bodygrip in a constriction for a few days and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised!

I recently made contact with a landowner that has a pond close-by a major creek. Seems he’s been seeing fish remains around his pond. Sounds like a good place to park a couple of bodygrippers and leave them for the season!

Been drooling over some excellent cat country where folks are asking me to come trap coyotes. Beavers used to be the ticket through the door, now it’s Ol’ Wiley. Whatever it takes huh?

The firewood pile is growing (Can you really burn that much wood?), there’s venison in the freezer, and trapping season is fast approaching. Thanksgiving is just around the corner — we have so much to be thank-full for! Enjoy the Holidays folks. Happy Hunting & Trapping! — Steve Rainey


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