Georgia Trappers Association March 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



What a great week end for the trapping competition! Each day the lows were in the 30s and the highs in the 60s. Felt like trap setting weather in the mornings and comfortable skinning weather in the afternoons.

This year’s competition was held in Worth County, a few miles north of Sylvester, and eleven trappers showed up. Rusty Johnson was the host and he had us some great property, 36,000 acres! My block was 1,400 acres of 15- to 20-year-old planted pines laced with sandy wood’s roads and firebreaks. Although I did not see a lot of sign it looked like bobcat and gray fox heaven. The motto for the week end, instead of being “set on sign” quickly became “don’t set on hog sign”. The place was torn up with hogs!! Without much critter sign to set on I mainly planted double dirthole sets at prime intersections.

Kelvin and I partnered on Saturday morning to check our lines and anticipation ran high. Probably the first thing a trapper learns is; that expectations don’t often measure up to reality. If you don’t know that yet, you just haven’t been setting long enough. It happens. And so it was that I zeroed out and Kelvin caught one gray.

Then we got to go back and, much to our chagrin, see that some folks did really well! There were about twelve gray foxes brought in, several bobcats, three or four coons and only one possum, if you can believe that! Oh well, tomorrow’s another day.

And indeed it was another day! I had four grays on my line, one really pretty double in a picture perfect intersection. Kelvin had another gray in the same set as the day before.

This time it didn’t hurt so bad to go back in! The harvest was gray fox heavy again on the second day, with a few more cats, and coons and one coyote, and can you believe it, only two possums? Not saying there weren’t more ‘yotes around but I don’t think anyone was surprised by the high numbers of gray fox and bobcats, it was after all their kinda’ country.

When it was all said and done first place was claimed by Brian Igou, second by Jerry “White Shoes” Lee, and third by Randy Zerwig. Congratulations fellows!

Two young trappers who set the tone for excitement for the week end were Nicholas Carter and” Snake’s” grandson Dawson Ball. If you couldn’t get jacked up being around those two you’d be a hard one to jack up period!

The best quote of the week end came from Dan Eaton who said; “We need to make this a three day deal!” Amen! — Steve Rainey 


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