Maryland Fur Trappers, Inc. November 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

 

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

We had a good meeting for our first meeting of the season. We sure hope to get the whole group back together for our elections in October.

Dist 8 welcomes Donald Moore back to our group. He added a good bit to the meeting. Likewise we were saddened that Andy Roberts will be moving. We hope to see him again before he leaves.

Dist 8 presented out host Bob Calloway with our yearly gift of a current Federal Duck Stamp. He is very appreciative each time.

We discussed the convention and I read my notes from it and read the General Membership minutes. A great time was had by all. We were happy to see some leadership showing up in a couple of districts which have been inactive for some time. Good luck to them in getting their districts up and going.

We went over the activities at the Junior Hunting day we worked in June. Discussed the Blue Tongue which has hit the local deer herd hard this year. The yearly buck limit has been changed and an otter season has been opened for Garrett and Allegany Counties.

The beaver caster and rat glands market was discussed along with the spring NAFA sale results.

Each trapper had a chance to state their trapping intentions for the coming season. Everyone planned to trap about like last year.

We are still waiting to see if Md Fur Trappers attended and worked the National Hunting and Fishing Day. It was up in the air a couple of days before the event.

Roger Ringgold brought in his NAFA top Lot certificate for central fox. Caught in Maryland. Go figure.

The coming deer season was mentioned. Several were not sure if they would be going this year or not.

Dist 8 meets the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. during trapping season. We meet at the home of Robert Calloway at 14313 Cherry Lane, near Tuckahoe State Part, 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

Well, summer is winding down fast and trapping season is just around the corner. For once, my traps are dyed and waxed well in advance. This year, I also made up quite a few cable stakes as, curiously enough, rebar seems to be getting heavier as I get older. I’m starting to look harder at snares for the same reason. I walk a lot of my line, so carrying less is becoming a priority for me. All my gear is prepped, clean, and neat, at least for now. I always make a vow to keep it all in order, but a couple weeks into the season and my truck and gear typically look like a tornado just touched down. But this year will be different!

By the time this issue is out, the 2012 election should just about be upon us. PLEASE make it a point to take the time and vote. The next President will most likely get to nominate at least two Supreme Court justices, and that has far reaching implications for us, both as freedom-loving Americans and as outdoorsmen and women. State and local elections are also important. Take the time to research the candidates’ positions on issues important to you. We have been blessed to have been given a say, so stand up and make your voice heard, not just by voting, but by getting and staying involved — involved in your local trapping organization, your community, involved in local politics, wildlife advisory boards and committees, local youth groups, etc. Make sure your voice is heard, and help keep our way of life alive for the next generation. And along those lines, please try to take a kid out in the field with you this fall. It’ll do you both some good!

District 12/13 will resume our monthly meetings in October. Just wanted to mention that in addition to AA and PG counties as reported last month, District 12/13 also includes Calvert, Charles, and St. Marys counties as well. It’s a large area, and we have active members from all the southern Maryland counties, and encourage others interested in trapping to make it to a meeting, whether our district, or one in your area. Check and see when and where your local district meets and make it to the next meeting. Information is available on MFT’s website, http://www.marylandtrappers.com. — Dave Sien

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