Missouri Trappers Association September 2010 Report

President — Doren Miller, 26500 Pike 244, Clarksville, MO 63336; phone: 573-242-3319

Vice President — Robbie Page, 108 McCulley Street, New Franklin, MO 65274; phone: 660-888-2369; e-mail: trapperpage@sbcglobal.net

Secretary — Charlie Brown, 7130 Drury Lane, Maplewood, MO 63143; phone: 314-644-1364; e-mail: charliet1961@SBCGlobal.net

Treasurer — Paul Webb, 124 Mooreview Dr., Gravois Mills, MO 65037; phone: 573-374-2768

Conservation Director — Rick Friedrich, 11504 Hawk Hill Lane, Booneville, MO 65233; phone: 660-621-2131

NTA Director — Ron Pantry, Rt. 1 Box 84, Lancaster, MO 63548; phone: 660-457-2192

FTA Director — Henry A. Wendt, P.O. Box 123, Couch, MO 65690; phone: 417-938-4519

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $365

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

MTA Secretary
Charlie Brown, 7130 Drury Lane, Maplewood, MO
63143; phone: 314-644-1364; e-mail: charliet1961@SBCGlobal.net

http://www.motrappers.org

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hi everyone,

Well, it is continuing to be a wet summer. At the time of this writing, here in central Missouri, we are having a major thunderstorm. This morning we got dumped with another three inches in twenty minutes and here we are getting another hit this evening. There is still a lot of water everywhere in the river bottoms. The only good thing about it is that the beaver and muskrat trapping should be good this fall.

Speaking of fall, the Fall Rendezvous should be a good one in Linn Creek. Dale Verts and I still have a few things to iron out, but the rendezvous should go off without a hitch. Dale has a great bunch of people down there in District #6. They are a dedicated and hard working bunch of people. They are all willing to do whatever it takes to pull this thing off. My hat goes off to Dale for staying on top of everything considering his health. He seems to be doing well and recovering just fine since his stroke. We are having another Rendezvous meeting on August 14th at the Trapshooters Association grounds in Linn Creek. After that, everything should be etched in stone. Just log on to our website at www.missouritrappersassociation.org for updates on the event.

Several things are going to start happening in the association in the upcoming months. We recently just had a summer meeting in Billingsville near Boonville, Missouri. Most of the details I’m sure Doren will have in his Presidents report. So be sure to read his report so that you can get informed on what all is going on. On August 7th I will be helping represent the Missouri Trappers Association and District #2 in Fayette at Central Missouri University. The Boy Scouts are having an outdoor day that Saturday. It is supposed to be a big event with 1500 to 2000 youngsters there. On October 8th and 9th District #1 will be having a trapping clinic. For details, contact Jennifer Pantry at 660-457-2192. On October 16th and 17th, District #7 will be having a trapping clinic in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife at the Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge. For more information contact Keith Donaldson at 660-527-9379 or Clay Creech at 660-288-3127. On October 23rd and 24th, District #2 will be having a trapping clinic in Williamsburg at the Whetstone Wildlife Area. For more information, contact Tom Westhoff at 573-289-0242. The fur auctions for the 2010-2011 will January 29th and February 12th. Both auctions will be in Columbia at the Boone County Fairgrounds in the front portion of the building. For more information, contact Jim Weberry at 573-543-2130.

Well that is all that I have to report for now. If anyone has any questions or needs anything feel free to give me a call. I look forward to seeing you all at the rendezvous.

— Robbie Page

DISTRICT 6 REPORT

Well, it’s finally upon us — the Fall Rendezvous. As always it seems like yesterday when we started planning this event. Time flies when your havin’ fun, that’s for sure. PLEASE, when you arrive on the grounds be sure and stop in at registration for your 2010 pin. You’ll also be registering for hourly door prize drawings on Friday and Saturday. Also please note that we officially starting this event at 8am Thursday and will include some demos that afternoon, and we’ll be open ‘till noon Sunday where we’ll also be doing demos thru the morning.

This years’ event should be a good time- we have lots of activities planned at a venue that’s pretty darn nice. We’ve tried to include activities for the women, and of course we’ll be doing as much as possible to keep the kids busy. And of course there will be FOOD- good stuff served all day long by the on-ground concessions, plus our own fish fry and BBQ pork dinner. Yum-mm!

For the trappers there will be almost THIRTY demos of all types to keep you busy.

We’ve tried to do a good mix of demos to cover all aspects of trapping, and not just about setting traps either. We’ll have some “classroom” demos that cover such subjects as predator location and trap modification, plus Doren Miller will be giving up part of his busy schedule to do a unique FUR HANDLING demonstration that will key more on grading and preparation of pelts than actual skinning. This should make for a nice change-up, and I look forward myself in getting this kind of information out to folks. If you like demos, then you should like this year’s event!

Bobby Whitworth will once again be hosting the washer-pitching tournament on Friday night, an event that is always well attended. Remember that the field is limited to twenty teams, so be sure and get with Bob right away.

A big hoot last year was the “Dry-land Canoe Race”, and with this now being an annual event at the NTA National Convention (that we are hosting next year) we’ll be doing it again at Linn Creek.

We’ll also be hosting a trapshooting derby, a husband and wife (or girlfriend/boyfriend, etc.) “skinning” contest that will be a Mess you don’t want to miss (and I’m looking for teams to compete in this one).

And of course we should have a good selection of vendors and tailgaters on hand- in fact we’re almost full up already on inside vendors, so here’s your place to get supplies for the upcoming season. I could go on and on, but simply put I feel that with the quality of help I have and the aggressive event schedule that we have in place that barring inclement weather we should have one heckuva show. If you have need of more information go to the MO Trappers Association website at www.motrappers.org, at www.trapboard.com, check out the latest edition of your Mountainmen newsletter or call me personally at 573-789-5690 and we’ll try to get you took care of.

Once again, the Missouri Trapshooters grounds are located off of highway 54 between Camdenton and Osage Beach. Take “A” road east about six miles- you cannot miss the gun club on the north side of the road. This place is HUGE, and we’’ll have a sign or two in place to help you get there.

Again a huge word of “thanks” goes out to all of the fine folks that are helping with the Rondy this year. It takes a load of help to make it happen and I’ve been fortunate to get plenty. See ya’ll there!

— Dale W. Verts

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Hello from District 8 of the Missouri Trapper’s Association:

District 8 (15 Northwest Missouri Counties) of the Missouri Trappers Association has scheduled its Annual Fall Educational Program, Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Far West Campgrounds on Highway 36 near Stewartsville, Missouri. This District 8 event has a historical attendance of 89 to 132 trappers. The planning committee is planning for their largest attendance ever. A daylong educational program will center about fur skinning, fleshing, drying, grading and marketing.

District 8 is inviting your company to donate door prize item, Gerry Blair’s Predator Calling Book for the event. Also, please send your company’s promotional pieces. Your company’s promotional pieces will be made available to attendees on a first come basis. Please forward your company’s donation and promotional pieces to, Robert Ruehlow, P. O. Box 432, Maysville, MO. 64469, by September 1, 2010. All sponsors will be recognized in The Trapper and Predator Caller.

Thank you for your industry support.

— Robert Ruehlow

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