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; email@example.com
NTA Director — Gene Garrett, 6361 Powellville Road, Willards, MD 21874; 410-251-3570
• 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
3499 Niner Road
Finksburg, MD 21048
Thanks to all who made it out to our annual convention and helped to make it a success. A special thank you goes to all who helped and volunteered time and a thank you to all of the vendors. The convention was great with another delicious crab feast and entertainment by the Stevens Family Band. Miss MD 2012, Joanna Guy, was in attendance along with her parents, John and Liz. Joanna performed with the Stevens Family and thanked me several times for our wonderful hospitality and family oriented atmosphere.
Saturday we held our live trap line in the morning, along with other demonstrations throughout the day covering land and water trapping, fur handling, and ethics. We had our annual auction with lots of great items and competitive bidding. We rounded out the day with our annual membership meeting, which had about 35-40 people in attendance.
During the past year changes were made within the organization. At the beginning of the meeting I wanted to take the time to inform all the members present of the changes and put any rumors to rest. I advised the membership that MFTI is strong and moving forward. During the meeting, I formally introduced Brian Elder, our new Vice President, and Kate Webb, our new treasurer.
The meeting brought to light another issue that we need our membership to help with—Attendance at district meetings. Many districts are still holding meetings, but attendance is dwindling. With that said, please contact your district rep to see when the next meeting is and try to attend. The districts and reps are as follows:
1-2:Garrett/Allegany Counties: Ted Reckley 304-268-6597
3-4:Washington/ Frederick Counties: Larry Emswiler 301-253-5869
8-Kent/Queen Anne’s Counties: Roger Ringold
9-Caroline/Talbot Counties: Richard Garrett
10-Wicomico/Somerset Counties: Charlie Burbage
11-Worchester County: John Bruning 443-783-4833
12-13: Anne Arundel/Prince George’s Counties: Marty Campbell
Guest speaker, Harry Spiker of MD DNR talked about regulation changes for the 2012-13 seasons. Harry advised that DNR opened an otter season in Allegany and Garrett counties this year with a season limit of 1 otter. The otter will need to be tagged and the carcass surrendered to DNR for more research. The opening of the otter season is just another example of how trapping has successfully reintroduced an animal to an area. Harry also commented on bobcat sightings and asked that anyone statewide who spots a bobcat, please contact DNR at 301-334-4255.
Two director at large positions were filled at the membership meeting. Danny Baker and John Bruning were welcomed into these vacant four year terms. We are happy to have them aboard!
Awards were given out to members nominated for service to the organization. Award recipients this year were as follows:
President’s Award: Jaime Glenn
Trapper of the Year: Cody Garner
Leadership: Butch Glenn
Director of the Year: Tommy Tucker
Benefactor of the Year: Brian Elder
Hall of Fame: James “Marty” Campbell
Congratulations to all award winners!
The Annual Convention will be held again August 16 & 17, 2013 at Tilghmanton Woods Community Park in Boonsboro, MD. Mark your calendars for the 2013 Convention and Membership meeting.
The next board meeting will be October 14, 2012, 12:00pm at United Communities Volunteer Fire Company. All members are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided.
Remember to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marylandfurtrappers. Check out our website, www.marylandtrappers.com for more updates, events, and pictures.
Respectfully. — Butch Glenn
DISTRICT 8 REPORT
Dist 8 will resume meeting in September. We meet the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the home of Robert Calloway at 14313 Cherry Lane, near Tuckahoe State Park between Centreville, Md and Ridgely, Md. Call Bob at 410-634-2501 for further directions.
October will be election month for Dist 8 for Director, Assistant Director and Treasurer. If you want to vote and are not a member, please get signed up or do it at the meeting.
To the best of my knowledge, only Ross Garey and I represented Dist 8 at the State Convention in Washington County in August. The convention went off really smooth and well as usual. It is low key and more like a family event. We had a few more dealers this year and I saw a lot of supplies being carried back to cars. The President’s report should have a full rundown on the convention. Our new officers have all done a fine job. Please thank then when you see them.
Everyone should now have their supplies for this fall and some still need to get their traps cleaned up and ready for action. Trapping will be here before you know it. — Roger Ringgold, 410-634-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTRICT 12/13 REPORT
Maryland Fur Trappers held their annual convention on August 24 and 25, at Tilghmanton Woods Community Park, in Boonsboro, MD. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it up there on Friday evening, so I missed the crab feast, feed, and live entertainment, but I did make it up first thing Saturday. As always, I had a great time catching up with folks and exchanging ideas. Throw in more good food, the chance to score some good deals from vendors, tailgaters, and at the auction, as well as having the chance to sit in on some excellent demos, and you can’t help but have had a good time! The only problem with the demos was that I couldn’t catch them all, and I don’t recall every seeing one where I didn’t pick up at least one good idea, and usually, quite a few. Once again, I spent more than I planned, but there were some great deals to be had, and I saved on shipping, plus, I try to support the vendors and folks who support us.
As the long, hot, dry summer starts to wind down, I am really looking forward to fall, and hopefully, it will bring cooler, wetter weather; just so long as we don’t get 20 inches+ of rain all at once like last year. I’ve done a little pre-season scouting, and many of the smaller streams, beavers ponds, swamps, and other places that I’ve trapped in the past are bone dry this year. With November and trapping season fast approaching, please remember to vote; it is THAT important! And please make it a point to get a kid or two out with you this fall, whether it’s in a dove field, on the trapline, or out in a duck blind or deer stand.
District 12/13 will resume our monthy meetings in October. 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