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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
• 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:
Please be advised that we have new procedures regarding trapping tip submissions and prizes as well as display advertising; look for them in the January issue of the Texas Fur Trails. A special thanks to Tom Fisher of Real Ecology for donating the KB Compound Predator Traps that will be awarded to the winners of the trap tips.
Our spring rendezvous is scheduled for April 9 & 10 in Fort Stockton; bear in mind this is one week earlier than usual but is necessary to secure the building. Dealers are welcome and will be able to set up in doors at no charge. We secure the building each night. Individuals are encouraged to bring their unneeded supplies or other items to trade or sell. We intend, once again, to have our program approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture for CEU’s, including laws and regulations, for pesticide applicators. Make plans now to bring a youngster or two to the rendezvous as well as the entire family; everyone is welcome. The youth are the future of our organization. Bear in mind that the Association has standing policy disallowing live animals in the building and we will enforce that policy in the future.
The membership number in District 7 is very low and the board would like your thoughts on the possibility of merging this district into one or more surrounding districts. Contact me with your comments.
I realize how hard it is to interest or motivate people when fur prices are low and that is one reason to focus on nuisance animal work. Your Association has established a Nuisance Animal Control program for its members. The names and contact information of trappers willing to participate are provided to state agencies as well as individuals and companies looking for someone to help them out. We also post this list on our web site. I have personally received work from this program. Contact Ricky Cox at (512) 468-5112 if you have an interest. Members, don’t forget to take advantage of free classified advertising in the Texas Fur Trails.
Dave Hastings still needs your stories, news, pictures and anything else of interest to keep the Texas Fur Trails first class. Material from all across the country is welcome. He is particularly looking for some Texas photos to be used for the covers of future issues of the magazine. We really need you to send in something for the magazine; some of us are pretty well tapped out on ideas and stories. I would really hate to see the quality of the magazine deteriorate, but this is likely to happen if the members don’t help out. Everyone has at least one story of an event that took place during his or her lifetime. We can use stories from just about anywhere. Dave is willing to work with anything.
He will make sure that all submissions are professionally presented in the magazine. This really is a growing concern or I would not be begging for material. If you have any reservations or concerns about sending in something, call Dave or call me and we will do our best to put you at ease. Those of you who have submitted material for the magazine are most appreciated; without your effort the Texas Fur Trails would not be the fine publication it has become. Share your thoughts with any board member regarding what you would like to see our Association accomplish. Many of the achievements we have made are results of membership input.
Texas Parks and Wildlife did not hold an expo in 2009 or 2010 due to low participation. Our Association has derived quite a bit of our operating income from this event. We now must look for other income sources to restore a sufficient income level. We are conducting another 50/50 coon drawing this season; details of the offer are in the January issue of the Texas Fur Trails.
I have bobcat tags. For those of you who need your cats tagged, give me a call. I am no longer advocating that we collect skull samples for the health department as they continue to disregard our requests to provide relief on the coyote quarantine and appear to be working against trappers on at least one other matter. If you are ready to help out with promoting and preserving trapping, let us know. We would like to put your unique talents to work for the benefit of all and future generations. Consider supporting trapping on the national level as well.
Two organizations that are working for trappers are the Fur Takers of America (217) 394-2577 and the US Sportsman’s Alliance (614) 888-4868. Personally, I have had good experience with both of these organizations and recommend them highly.
— Doren Miller