Georgia Trappers Association October 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


Only a month until our convention date, I hope everyone is making plans to attend, rounding up donations for the auction and contacting friends about going as well. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this year for the first time in a long time. I volunteer to guide canoe trips on the Flint River for the Riverquarium, located here in Albany.

When I lined up the dates for this year, I obligated the first week end in October before our convention date was set. The trips have been a big hit, with people coming from as far away as Atlanta to canoe the section just south of town. As soon as the dates were advertised the trips sold out. The trips take about six hours as we paddle leisurely along stopping often to take breaks, eat lunch and swim. Kids usually go home with “beaver sticks”, arm loads of limestone with ancient marine fossils, and flint.

Every time I read an article about someone running a trap line out of a boat on their local river it flings a craving on me! I’d sure like to do that. I’m not sure it’s even legal in Georgia.
The farmers and others who realize how serious this year’s drought has been were wishing Irene would at least bring us some rain – but no. Old timers are saying they’ve never seen anything like it.
I’m already looking forward to the competition in January,that was some fun last year!

Time to site in the rifles boys and get the traps ready! Huntin’ and trappin’ seasons are just around the corner!

— Steve Rainey

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