Maryland Fur Trappers, Inc. April-May 2013 Report

http://www.marylandtrappers.com/

President — Butch Glenn, 9 Jeanna Lane, Falling Waters, WV 25419; 301-465-0196

Vice President — Brian Elder, P.O. Box 603, Solomons, MD 20688; 443-532-5500

Treasurer — Kate Webb, 2919 Chestnut Grove Road, Keedysville, MD 21756; 240-818-4245

Secretary — Jaime Glenn, 9 Jeanna Lane, Falling Waters, WV 25419; 301-465-0197

Membership Secretary — Reed Muse, 3499 Niner Road, Finksburg, MD 21048; 410-790-6475; frmtrapper@verizon.net

NTA Director — Gene Garrett, 6361 Powellville Road, Willards, MD 21874; 410-251-3570

 

Membership Options:

• Yearly individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Yearly individual membership without subscription — $15

• 3-year individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $84

• Lifetime individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

• Lifetime individual membership without subscription — $105

• Yearly family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $33

• 3-year family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $96

• Lifetime family membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $480

• Yearly junior (17 and under) membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

 

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

MFT Membership Secretary

Reed Muse

3499 Niner Road

Finksburg, MD 21048

 

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Another really good meeting. I sure do hate seeing these come to an end for the year. Our March meeting will be our last for this season. We will start back up in October.

Dist 8 thanks Norman for his $20 cash donation to our fur donation for our District. That brings our total to $140. This has worked really well for Dist 8 and should become a yearly thing.

The Cambridge Outdoor Show was discussed. Donald did well in the coon skinning contest last year and we had high hopes for him this year, but he was deep into rat trapping and was not able to attend. Maybe next year.

The T&PC article on Ron Leggett was brought up. It was well done and well deserved. He is an inspiration to all Maryland trappers.

We discussed being able to trap and hunt during the same day without having all the gear contaminated from each other. We also discussed road kills, finding dead deer remains and sheds, fur prices, cable stakes, hip boots verses chest waders and season catches.

Roger told of catching an otter less that 60 seconds after setting the trap while checking beaver traps. That is fairly common with rats and I have done it with beaver, but that is the first time with an otter.

Fur buyer Tom Cat Caple is no longer buying fur due to health reasons. Dist 8 wishes him well.

This year has had most weekends messed up with split tides. Some years things just do not work out well. We all do the best we can under the conditions given to us. That is the life of a trapper.

Muskrat catches are doing well. Several of us are going as hard at it as we can. I know I am seeing a lot of late night skinning.

Dist 8 meets the fourth Tuesday at 7;00 at the home of Bob Calloway at 14313 Cherry Lane, near Tuckahoe State Park between Centreville, Md and Ridgely, Md. Call Bob at 410-634-1501 for further directions. — Roger Ringgold

 

DISTRICT 12/13 REPORT

Our February meeting on Tuesday the 19th, and we had, I think, 15 or 16 head in attendance: folks kept drifting in and out of the kitchen and wouldn’t keep still long enough for me to count.

Gary brought some of his beaver BBQ again, and Tommy was there was a spring in his step and chocolate chip cookies in his hand! Between that and the chicken, pizza, deer sausage, and everything else spread out, it’s no wonder folks kept migrating to the kitchen. We discussed our catches and the sales and auctions. It’s rare to see optimistic trappers, but things seem to be moving in the right direction again. And of course with prices on the upswing, there’s a bit more competition out there, and unfortunately, a bit more theft as well. We discussed the upcoming FBU banquet, and Dan is handling the donations for our District. Even took a trip down memory lane as some old District awards from 40 years ago got passed around. Bill won the 50:50 and generously donated his winnings back to the District. Pat gave us the treasurer’s report, and we discussed getting more materials to hand out at the various outreach events our District attends.

As the season draws to a close, I’m already thinking about next year, hoping I’ll get my self a little more organized and maybe even a little more efficient. Now’s the time to take note of what changes you’ll need to make and what supplies you’ll need to replace, while it’s still fresh in your hear. And don’t forget to thank your landowners. Also, please be sure to take a few kids out with you, no matter what the outdoor pursuit. It’ll do you both some good.

District 12/13 holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October through April, at Director Marty Campbell’s Owings, MD home. Check and see when and where your local district meets and try to make it to the next meeting. Information about District meetings, MFT events, as well as other things are available on MFT’s website, http://www.marylandtrappers.com. — Dave Sien

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