Georgia Trappers Association November 2011 Report

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

I’d like to start this report by complimenting each of the GTA members who contributed to the August newsletter. Each of you did an outstanding job, and I think everyone would agree that it was one of the best newsletters ever. Now the cat is out of the bag and we will all be expecting to hear from y’all in the future! No more: “I can’t write”.
Then I picked up the October issue of The Trapper and Predator Caller and low and behold there’s a whole article by none other than our own Chris Pope! Way to go Chris, great article and well chosen topic as well (good thinking!).
At the end of the last trapping season when I sent in my trapping report I enclosed a similar report form requesting total numbers reported by trappers from across the State for each furbearer species. Greg Waters, our furbearer biologist compiled those numbers and sent them to me so I could use them in this report. Thanks Greg I appreciate it.
Here are a few of the numbers for you to contemplate. There were 3,986 gray fox reported and over 5 thousand coyotes reported. I’m glad to see that the grays are holding their own against the coyotes. Over seven thousand ‘possums were trapped and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for doing their part in reducing the possum population! Let’s try to double (or triple) that number this year.
There were over five thousand beavers reported. When I told Rusty Johnson he commented that a certain unnamed trapper must not have reported his numbers!
There were only 28 mink reported, and though there’s not much market for wild mink I can’t help but wonder why that number isn’t much higher?
Here’s the biggest disappointment; there were over NINE HUNDRED licenses sold so where are those folks in the GTA? Bottom line, you’re either with us or against us. The only reason you still get to trap period is because of the efforts of the GTA down through the years. IF YOU BY A TRAPPING LICENSE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, YOU SHOULD PAY YOUR DUES AND JOIN THE GTA!

— Steve Rainey

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