President — Robert Wilson, 21562 Pike 227, Eolia, MO 63344; phone: 573-485-7478
Vice President — Doren Miller, 26500 Pike 244, Clarksville, MO 63336; phone: 573-242-3319
Secretary — Charlie Brown, 7130 Drury Lane, Maryland, MO 63143; phone: 314-644-1364; e-mail: charliet1961@SBCGlobal.net
Treasurer — Herb Binsbacher, 29535 Hwy. J, Gravois Mills, MO 65037; phone: 573-372-6711
Conservation Director — Arlon Held, 10075 Janes Creek Rd., Caledonia, MO 63631; phone: 573-766-1382
Delegate to NTA — Ron Pantry, Rt. 1 Box 87, Lancaster, MO 63548; phone: 660-457-2192
Delegate to FTA — Delegate to FTA — Henry A. Wendt, P.O. Box 123, Couch, MO 65690; phone: 417-938-4519
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It’s that time of year. I think by the time you read this, you will have killed your deer and you will be setting traps. The schedule is set for our fur auctions. The dates are Jan. 23, 2010, and Feb. 6, 2010. Jim Weberry is the chairman and will have information in this issue of the Trapper. His phone number is 573-543-2130.
It looks like this season’s prices will be lower than last year so take the time to try something new. If you can, take some time with a beginner.
I met with the executive board and discussed several different issues. Several of the things will be brought to the board at the spring meeting in March. One of the things we talked about was how to enhance trapper education across the state. We talked about committee chairmen and members for the committees. I want to thank all these committee chairmen and members for volunteering to serve in these positions. I want to thank all the district directors who took the time to have clinics in their district. It takes a lot of time and a lot of volunteers to put on a clinic. These guys are to be commended. I think there has been a lot learned by the students and the instructors. I know the clinics have been a big success.
A note. Mr. Mel Block passed away in September. He will be missed by all. He had a way of explaining things that we could all learn from. He was a mentor to me and I will miss him.
Have fun this winter and be careful.
— Doren Miller
Well, hunting and trapping season is same as here. Elaine and I put out a troutline and are catching a few catfish. We were out and needed some to run us through the winter. The wind and rain has been messing this us on the lake, but we keep going out.
We have all our traps ready to go on the water and land. It sounds like the fur prices are not going to be very good, but we are going to trap anyway because we love to do it.
Well, that’s all for now. Be safe and take a kid on your line when you go.
— Paul Webb Jr.
DISTRICT 3 REPORT
By now, trappin’ season is in full swing. I hope everyone has a line out. The district held a trapping clinic on Oct. 17 and 18. We had a real good turn out. About 30 students, a few teachers and other helpers were there.
Thanks for all the help and attendance. Had a great time. Each group caught some fur. This including Jim Weberry, who caught a coyote. But they say eventually every squirrel will find an acorn at the bottom of a tree. Just kidding, Jim, All together we caught two ’coons, a muskrat and a coyote. We did some fur handling both saturday evening and Sunday. I believe everyone learned something. Even those who had never set a trap before. The weather was fairly nice although I guess it could have been a little warmer. It was chilly at night camping. We fried fish for dinner Saturday night and again on Sunday for lunch.
It sounds like fur prices aren’t going to be at their best this year so remember let’s finish the fur, you’ll get more money for it. You’ve done the hard part by catching it, finishing it is the easy part. Ask my wife! Missouri has one of the best auctions in the country, but finished fur will bring more anywhere. If you’ve never finished any, don’t be afraid to ask.
That’s all for now. Have a wonderful Holiday season.
See ya at the sale.
— Jim Love
DISTRICT 9 REPORT
We had a very good rendezvous at the Commons in Salem. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and support. We had lots of help from our district and people throughout the state that made this a success. Our gun raffle and fish fry did very good. Larry Bradley was the lucky winner of the Ruger 10-22 rifle. Thanks to all the vendors that participated in our rendezvous. Congratulations to the newly elected officers that are willing to take the time to support our organization. I hope everyone has a very enjoyable trapping season. This coming February, we are planning a 9th District MTA Banquet at Indian Trail Archery, Gun, and Banquet Center. You will be getting more information about the banquet in the near future. Everyone is invited and we would love to see you there. Good luck and God bless.
Your 9th District Director.
— Kenny Wells
DISTRICT 10 REPORT
I want to take the time to thank everyone who voted me in as Vice President. Since the election, I felt it was time to step down as the Fur Auctions Chairman. I feel that the experience from the fur auctions has prepared me for the job of Vice President, and I will do the best of my abilities to do the best job possible. I feel honored that you trust me to continue serving you in this great association.
Your replacement for Fur Auction Chairman will be Jim Weberry from St. Mary, MO from District 3. I am sure he will serve you well and do an excellent job. Jim has been a long time member of the Missouri Trappers Association and cares a great about this association and it’s fur auctions. Please refer to the Fur Auction Report in this newsletter for information and the new mailing address.
I want to thank District 9 and their district director Kenny Wells and also previous Vice President Doren Miller for a job well done for the 2009 Fall Rendezvous in Salem, Mo. I know it takes a lot of hard work and planning to pull off one of these events. I hope that I can do even half a good of job as Vice President that they have done. I am already in the works planning for the 2010 Fall Rendezvous along with district director Dale Verts of District 6. Dale has already made up a draft for the contract that I am currently reviewing. Dale has done an excellent job preparing for all the details. The 2010 rendezvous will be held in Linn Creek at the Missouri Trapshooters Association’s Club. I am sure you all will enjoy it there and have a good time. So be sure to attend.
As the Awards Chairman, I want to congratulate Charlie Zelch for the President Award, Gary Bonnett for the Appreciation Award, Chris Samuels for the Jr. Trapper of the Year Award, Karl Rice for the Trapper of the Year Award and Tom Westhoff for the Director of the Year Award. Congratulations guys.
On Sept. 26, Rick Friedrich and I attended the District 8 fall meeting and trapping clinic in Bethany, MO. They had a real good turn out of 85 people who registered. They had several demonstrations, a good lunch, door prizes and their District 8 raffle drawing. President Doren Miller informed everyone on what is going on in the Association. District Director Larry Liebig and Co-Director Karl Rice did an excellent job organizing the event.
On Oct. 17 and 18, I attended District 3 trapping clinic. District Director Jim Love, Jim Weberry and Charlie Brown put together an outstanding clinic. Jim Love, Jim Weberry, Charlie Brown, Rick Friedrich and myself were some of the instructors doing both land and water trapping demos. President Doren Miller and his wife, Lynn, did most of the fur handling demos. Jim Weberry was able to catch a coyote and I almost caught a Chevrolet pick-up, but it somehow detected my trap and flipped it out of its bed.
Oct. 24 and 25, Tom Westhoff of District 2 had a trappers clinic in Williamsburg, Mo. at the Whetstone Conservation Area. They had around 40 youngsters to attend and about eight instructors. We caught about 25 critters consisting of a beaver and several opossums, ’coons and muskrats. The group of kids that I instructed were probably the best group of kids that I ever instructed. They showed a lot of interest in everything and got quite good at picking set locations for muskrats. President Doren Miller and his wife did fur handling demos
I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable trapping season.
— Robbie Page