Maryland Fur Trappers, Inc. June-July 2012 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

 

CONVENTION REPORT

Welcome to convention season. We are blessed to again have Tommy and Mary Tucker co hosting the convention. It all goes smoothly under their direction. Our Maryland Fur Trapper state convention will be held on Aug 24th and 25th, again at the Tilghmanton Ruritan Park at Fairplay, Md in Washington County. We invite all to attend. This will be year five at this location. As has been our way, we offer free admission and free primitive camping. Dealers will arrive on Friday afternoon and we have our Crab feast that evening. Crab feast tickets are available on line and it is best to buy them in advance. We have live music after the crab feast.

We have various supply dealers and a few tailgaters. I would like to see more tailgaters. Bring what you have to offer and set up business. The regular dealer spots are $20 and tailgaters $15.

Most buying from the various dealers is done Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. A few supply dealers will still be set up early Sunday morning. Once the trap line parade comes back in on Sunday morning things break up quickly. Come early if you plan on buying supplies.

We offer a live trap line, available to all, which is set out Friday afternoon, checked Saturday morning and then checked and pulled Sunday morning. Come join the line of pickups as the traps are set or checked.

We have an auction of donated items right after lunch on Saturday. We ask all to bring an item or two to donate to Maryland Fur Trappers for the auction. The items can be trapping or outdoor related or anything else you have to donate. Just bring the items in with you or send with your district director if not attending.

The General Membership meeting is held shortly after the auction. This year we will be electing two Directors at Large during the meeting. We ask our members to stay for the meeting so as to be well informed and help determine our direction for the future.

Our raffle goes off next and we hope all remember to bring in your sold chances and raffle money. Richard Garrett has taken over as raffle chairman and we need to give him all the support we can.

Remember to offer a ride to junior members or older trappers who may not want to drive themselves.

For a list of supply dealers, to order crab tickets, directions to the convention and additional information go to our web site at marylandtrappers.com. — Roger Ringgold

 

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Our last meeting for this season went well with 11 trappers and wives in attendance. We will resume meeting again in September. Again at the home of Bob Calloway. This year will be an election year for Dist 8 and all other even numbered districts. We will elect a Director, Assistant Director and a Treasurer. If you are interested in running for office, please make this first meeting and make your plans known. October will be our election month. Our meeting place can be moved if the majority wish. At some point I expect it will be moved back into Kent or Queen Anne County.

You need to be a paid up member of Maryland Fur Trappers in order to vote. If you need a membership form, call me or go online or sign up at the Convention in August.

Much of our meeting centered on where each of us had sold our fur and prices received or expected. All seemed happy – at least for now. I was able to sell all my muskrat, beaver and coon meats this season plus I sold my rat glands and beaver casters locally. The fur market looks good and our present group is a joy to work with. Everyone participates and we all look forward to the next meeting.

Dist 8 again thanks Bob and Verna Calloway for their hospitality in hosting our meetings. It is such a pleasure walking into their home and being greeted by them. Thanks again. — Roger Ringgold, 410-634-2552, rogerringgold@ymail.com

 

DISTRICT 12/13 REPORT

MAY

Maryland District 12/13 held its April meeting on Tuesday the 17th. It was the last regular meeting until we resume in the fall.

There were 13 members in attendance.

Brian, Marty, and Tommy gave updates on trapping issues and concerns on the state level, and filled us in on the most recent directors meeting. The FBU Banquet was also talked about, as was a wide range of topics, from snaring in general, to otter trapping in particular, to fishing, to chestnut trees, and we somehow ended up at scrap metal! That’s one of the things I enjoy most about our District meetings: getting a chance to talk to a good bunch of folks about things we all participate in and enjoy. It’s nice to hear how others do things, and I always come away with a couple new ideas, or a fresh perspective on something, or a better/faster/easier way of doing something.

After some fine eats, we had our 50:50 raffle. Jimmy won, and once again, generously donated it back to the District, much to Pat’s delight. This was followed up by our monthly raffle of donated items. We then discussed a few outreach events the District will participate in over the next few months, including the Southern MD Junior Hunter Field Day to be held in June. Jimmy offered to host a District crab feast/get together this summer. Our district seems to revolve around food: lots and lots of food!

District 12/13 will resume our monthy meetings in October. Please keep an eye on the MFT website, http://www.marylandtrappers.com, for news and information about upcoming events. Have a great summer, and please remember to take a kid fishing. — Dave Sien

 

APRIL

MFT District 12/13 held its March meeting on Tuesday the 20th. We had 11 members attend.

Most talk centered around fur and fur prices: Our NAFA agent had just completed his local pickup route, and Groenewold Fur was buying up at the Leggett’s place in Boonsboro the previous weekend. Most seemed pretty pleased with the prices so far this year, and fairly optimistic about the upcoming auctions. Good to have an upturn every now and again, especially since everything else has been going nothing but up!

Marty, Tommy, and Brian gave us an update on issues at the state level, and we all discussed some proposed DNR legislation affecting Maryland sportsmen, as well as our concerns about some related topics. Tommy reminded us about the upcoming FBU banquet, again held at Bowles Farm, and collected items for the auction. We also discussed upcoming outreach events and other opportunities to get the truth about trapping out to the general public. District members man a booth at these events, and response from the public, especially the kids, is usually good. And speaking of outreach events, Craig reminded us that we needed more supplies, cards, coloring books, magazines, etc to replenish our supply. Next we held our monthly 50:50, and the Campbell family tradition continued: Congrats Laura! This was followed up by the raffle of some very nice items donated by district members.

Well, another trapping season is but a memory now, and spring is here. Actually, the last few months haven’t felt much like winter anyway, and it was sort of strange to be beaver trapping with temperatures in the 70s, swatting mosquitos and dripping sweat. Heck, I even heard a turkey gobble one morning while checking traps. And with temps in the 80s, they are really getting fired up now! So with turkey season bearing down on us, and the fishing starting to heat up, I’m sure most of us will find something to do until fall rolls back around. And please be sure to take a kid along with you and introduce them to the great outdoors: it’ll do you both some good.

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. — Dave Sien

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