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
• 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
P.O. Box 1005, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY’S REPORT
It’s a beautiful Spring day, the cricket frogs are calling in the woods around the house, the birds are singing, the sun is shining — oh no, wait a minute it’s still the middle of January! I guess after two weeks of below freezing temperatures, a slight warm up deceived both the critters and me. Actually I don’t complain about cold weather; it is after all winter so it is supposed to be cold.
The Georgia Trappers Association held its annual trapper’s competition during the week end of Jan. 22–24. I’m hoping someone who participated will write it up for The Trapper. I haven’t participated in the competition for fear of someone discovering my top secret ’possum set. Next you know it would be all over the pages of the trapping magazines, somebody would be selling an instructional video and three or four folks would be advertising trapline instruction. ’Possum harvest rates would sky rocket. In some places overharvest would occur, and the DNRs would be forced to impose limits.
Of course, that would open opportunities for trappers to trap ’possums for reintroduction programs all across the ’possum’s range.
We have proof that the set is effective. If you remember the trapping convention held in Pelham several years ago, I caught the only ’possum on the trapline!
Maybe one day I’ll give in and reveal “the ’possum set,” but for now it’ll just have to remain top secret.
By the time you read this, the trapping season will be over in Georgia, but with all the water, I’m sure the beaver complaints will continue for some time. I saw a bush cut by a beaver the other day that was cut off over my head and probably 30 yards away from the river and over a bank about 15 feet high. That means the water would have been over 20 feet deeper than normal. I’d hate to be trying to run a water line on the lower Flint this year!
I hope everyone had a good trapping season and is making plans to attend the NTA regional in Calhoun, GA April 9–11.
— Steve Rainey