Maryland Fur Trappers, Inc. August 2014 Report

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President — Dan Baker III; 410-610-3311

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

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Summer is half over and before you know it we will be on the line again. Since my last report, we have lost two great members who are in God’s hands now. Harold Lenhart Sr and Past President Don Lawson. Our prayers go out to the families. They will be greatly missed in the trapping community.

We have two Great events coming up. The first on August 22 is our Annual Crab Feast on Friday evening with music and dancing .You want to get you tickets early.

Saturday August 23 we start at 7am .Trapping supply vendors, tailgaters ,antique trap collector and taxidermist are set up to help you get the supplies you’ll need for the upcoming season. We will have a live trap line and trapping demos starting at 7am.

Lunch will be from 12 until 1 and the Annual Auction will began at 1:30 Donations for the auction will be greatly appreciated.

The Annual Membership meeting and Awards ceremony wit elections will began at 3pm.

Bring the family or a buddy for a wonderful day with great people!

Location: Tilghmanton Woods Community Park, District 12 Ruritan, 18309 Manor Church Rd, Boonsboro, Md 21713

Advanced Trapper Education Course will be held on September 5-7. To enroll contact Jamie Glenn (301)-465-0197

For more information go to www.marylandtrappers.com or contact Dan Baker 410-610-3311.

Sincerely. — Dan Baker III

 

CONVENTION REPORT

Welcome all to our annual convention. Tommy and Mary Tucker have asked to turn over the convention chairman position, so hopefully they will be training their replacement. Maryland Fur Trappers owes both of them big time for years of excellent service. Please thank them when you see them.

This year’s dates are August 22nd and 23rd. Over the years our convention has evolved from a Saturday and Sunday event to basically a Friday and Saturday event. This will be year seven for our location at Fairplay, Md. Although the mailing address is Boonsboro, if you are checking the map, you need to come to the small town of Fairplay in Washington County.

As has been our way, we offer free admission and free primitive camping. Dealers will arrive on Friday and we have our crab feast on Friday evening. Crab feast tickets are available on line and it is best to purchase them in advance. We have live country music after the crab feast. Miss Maryland will be in attendance at the crab feast and afterward. Maryland Fur Trappers donates a fur coat made entirely out of Maryland caught furs to Miss Maryland annually.

We offer a live trap line which is set out Friday afternoon and checked Saturday morning and checked and pulled Sunday morning. Come join our parade of pickup trucks checking the trap line.

We have plenty of supply dealers and a few tailgaters. We have plenty of room for more tailgaters. Bring what you have to offer and set up business. Single dealer spots are $20 and tailgaters spots are $15. Great time to stock up on supplies and save that postage.

Maryland Fur Trappers has a auction of donated items right after lunch on Saturday. We ask all to bring an item or two to donate to help fund our efforts to keep trapping an American Heritage. The items can be trapping or outdoor related or anything else you happen to no longer need. Just bring in the items with you or send with your District Director if not attending.

Our yearly raffle goes off next. Please remember to bring in your sold ticket stubs or send them in by mail or with your District Director. Richard Garrett has done well organizing this raffle. Please support his efforts and help MFT financially.

The General Membership meeting will be held shortly after the auction. We ask all members to please stay and attend in order for you to stay informed and determine our direction for the next couple of years.

Remember Jr. and Sr. members who may need a ride to our event. For a list of supply dealers, to order crab tickets, directions to the convention or any additional information, go to our web site at www.marylandtrappers.com. — Roger Ringgold

 

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Dist 8 worked the Jr Hunter Day at Sudlersville on June 7th representing Maryland Fur Trappers. We have worked the event for a number of years. Roger Ringgold manned the booth. Attendance was 58, down from the usual 75-80. We also had fewer organizations represented than normal. The new hunters were introduced to Maryland outdoor sports available to them. We also offered free Jr memberships to MFT to the few youths that showed interest in trapping. We signed up eight out of the bunch.

I attended the PTA/FTA combined convention at Washington, Pa as a tailgater. I never heard the paid attendance, but there were lots of trappers there. The grounds and activities were so spread out and strongly up and down hill, that in my opinion it created a problem for a lot of older trappers. I believe a lot of them never bothered with trying to access all the tailgaters. But Pa. sure had everything organized well. I saw no other problems during the entire event. My hat is off to them.

Our first meeting for the season will be held the fourth Tuesday in October. It will be an election meeting. Our meetings can be moved to a more central location if enough local trappers attend our meeting. Come and share your knowledge and hopefully leave with a few new ideas yourself.

Dist 8 meets the fourth Tuesday during trapping season at the home of Robert Calloway. His address is 14313 Cherry Lane, near Tuckahoe State Park, between Centreville, Md and Ridgely, Md. Call Bob at 410-634-2501 for further directions. — Roger Ringgold, 410-634-2552, rogerringgold@ymail.com

 

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