Maryland Fur Trappers, Inc., December 2011 Report

President— Ron Leggett, 7308 Monroe Rd., Boonsboro, MD 21713; phone: 301-432-8480

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

Membership Secretary — Reed Muse, 3499 Niner Rd., Finksburg, MD 21048; phone: 410-795-8076; cell: 410-790-6475; e-mail: frmtrapper@verizon.net

Recording Secretary — Jaime Glenn, 9 Jeanna Ln., Falling Waters, WV 25419

Treasurer — Ed Davis, 5122 Paw Paw Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613; phone: 410-228-8181

NTA Director — Jerry Heimbrock, 12027 Pennterra Manor Lane, Thurmont, MD 21788; phone 937-681-1708

Membership Options:

• Yearly individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• 3-year individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $70
• Lifetime individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $250
• Yearly family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $27.50
• 3-year family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $80
• Lifetime family membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $400
• Yearly junior (17 and under) membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $10

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

MFT, Membership Secretary
Reed Muse
3499 Niner Rd., Finksburg, MD 21048

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello All,

By the time you are reading this, trapping season will be well under way here in Maryland. I hope that is proving to be prosperous for everyone.

You may notice that there are some changes being made to our organization’s officer positions. Donald Moore has made the decision to step down as President after a short time of holding office.

Let me reassure you that there are positive things to come. We, as a 50 year organization, are strong and moving forward. There are many familiar names and faces representing you. The time that these individuals have put in, total more than 150 years of representation and dedication to MFTI.

As an organization, our goals have always been to educate our youth, the general public, and our legislators about our trapping heritage. We will continue this effort and hope that in doing so we maintain the strong sense of pride and leadership that Maryland Fur Trapper’s is known for.

As the current Vice President and leader of the organization, I am proud and honored to be representing such a strong willed group of trappers.

I recently attended the Maryland Fur Trapper’s trapping school in Garrett County, which was a huge success again this year. I look forward to may more future events like this one. Be sure to visit our website and look for us on Facebook to find upcoming events.

We are always looking for new helping hands and would love to hear from you. Best of luck this trapping season.— Butch Glenn

 

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Five trappers attended our first meeting of the season. It was good to get most of the group back together again. Plenty of room for more for next month fellows. Come join us,

My notes from the convention, the Special Directors Meeting and the regular Directors Meeting were read and discussed. Some big changes have been made.

Andy is new to trapping and reported running an add in the local newspaper and gaining five farms to start his trapping career on. Way to go Andy.

Fur prices from the end of last year were discussed. Each trapper was given a chance to discuss their trapping plans for this season. A few trapping questions were asked and answered.

Subjects of discussion were the DNR’s plans to do a study on possible introducing Elk into western Maryland, CWD in Maryland deer, the Nutria Eradication Program, and two recent rabies cases in Cecil; County. A few other subjects were brought up and discussed.

Dist 8 welcomes members and visitors. Come attend our meeting and add your wisdom to our way of doing things.

Dist 8 meets the fourth Tuesday during trapping season at 7:00 PM at the home of Robert Calloway. His address is 14313 Cherry Lane and is located 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

 

DISTRICT 12/13 REPORT

Districts 12 and 13 resumed our monthly meetings on October 18. There were 15 members in attendance.

Since we haven’t had a meeting since last April, we all spent a bit of time catching up. Topics discussed included our annual state convention, held back in August, and what a success it was, as well as the twenty-plus inches of rain that fell here at the end of summer, and how parts of southern Maryland are still a mess! And of course, we talked fur: how we fared at the sales and auctions, and what we are hoping to do this coming season. Marty and Tommy then gave us a MFT update at the state level, and Gary demonstrated an innovative weasel trap he built, knowing I still have yet to catch my first one! We then held our 50:50 raffle, and followed that up with the raffle of items donated by district members. Since the last meeting, members manned our booth at a number of outdoor events, including the MD Hunting Expo in LaPlata, and at Patuxent River Appreciation Day at Calvert Marine Museum, at Solomons Island. These outreach events allow us to get the truth about trapping’s role in wildlife management out to the general public, and also lets folks know that we are still out there.

District 12/13 meets every month from October through April, on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, at Director Marty Campbell’s home in Owings. Please join us, or your local district, and see what’s going on. District and meeting info can be found on the MFT website, http://www.marylandtrappers.com, under both Contact and Event headings.

And please make it a point to take a youngster with you this season, whether it’s trapping, hunting, fishing, or just progging around in the great outdoors! — Dave Sien

 

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