Georgia Trappers Association October 2012 Report

President — Gene Pritchett, 107 Seaboard Road, Jesup, GA 31545; 912-586-6905; cell: 912-424-0438;
Cep912@windstream.net

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

Correspondence Secretary — Steve Rainey, 1923 Beattie Road, Albany, Ga 31707; 229-449-9533;
rcrainey@bellsouth.net

Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Teresa Keys,

3158 East Fairview Road, McDonough, GA 30252; 770-388-7951; cell: 334-534-1990; w.keys@comcast.net

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; rjcritter@bellsouth.net

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; coonman1020@yahoo.com

General Organizer — Travis LeMay, P.O. Box 1564, McDonough, Ga 30253; 678-395-1708; cell: 678-395-1708; Itrapgak9.gmail.com

 

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

 

CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY’S REPORT

Trappers who were not part of the struggle during the ‘70s to maintain trapping in Georgia may not be aware of the efforts by the Georgia Trapper’s Association, and other organizations to positively influence legislators to prevent the passage of anti-trapping legislation.

One of the landowners, on whose property I had the privilege of trapping, invited me to speak at a local cattlemen’s association. I’d never thought of cattlemen as supporters of trapping, but learned that not only were they interested in protecting their livestock from predation but were very concerned about exposure to rabies.

You may not know that there are two forms of rabies; raging, the type that the foxes, coons, etc. display and the dumb form that affects cattle. Apparently, cows may appear to be chocking and if a vet or farmer inserts their arm into the cow’s throat in an attempt to clear the airway the cow could bite them exposing them to rabies. Cattlemen are very much on our side!

At one memorable hearing in the State House Chambers I remember being very nervous about the outcome since trappers represented a very small segment of the voting population. My anxiety was greatly relieved when one speaker got up and introduced himself as President of the Georgia Farm Bureau and said he represented fifty – five thousand members (a huge segment of voters!) and that they whole heartedly indorsed trappers and trapping!

The point is; talk to your landowners and cultivate their support. One last example, I trapped a farm with a ragged dilapidated appearance but when I asked about the boundaries I was told not to worry as they owned a mile in each direction! Looks can be deceiving. When I called to ask for their support in influencing the local legislator the landowner, a lady, started calling him by his first name and assured me of her and his support.

Cultivate your landowners, we need their support! — Steve Rainey

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