Missouri Trappers Association March 2011 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

TREASURER’S REPORT

Hello everyone,

Hope all had a good and safe trapping season. Ours was fine, but could have been better. Sorry I haven’t been writing any articles. Will try to do better.

Our 2 Fur Auctions are over and we had 2 real good ones. A lot of fur got sold and I would like to thank everyone who helped put the auction together. It takes a lot of hard worked and a lot of people to put these auctions on.

A special thanks to those who stepped up and carried fur. We always have trouble getting people to carry the fur. But we all got it done.

Don’t forget about the Spring Meeting March 19, 2011 at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, MO. Hope to see a lot of friends and maybe meet some new ones. We are in the middle of a blizzard today and tomorrow. Have a foot or so. Staying in for awhile. Till next time be safe & God bless.

— Paul & Elaine

DISTRICT 6 REPORT

We ran over to the first fur auction this past Saturday- had a pretty good time visiting with folks, and it’s always neat to look over the fur. Prices, while not spectacular, were still pretty decent over all. And there sure was a pile of fur being bid on. Lordy, I think we really need to look into going back to three auctions. Maybe some fur-specific auctions, like green, put-up, or maybe beaver/ottter/’rat auctions? Just me thinking aloud, but I could see it working. Of course if we ever get our own building and grounds it will be easier to make things like this happen.

“Okie Jeb” was there selling supplies, and I see this as another step in the right direction for our events. Why not make everything we do become a “happening.” It was nice to see Jeb, and he sure seemed busy.

We’re supposed to be going down to St. Robert this weekend for an outdoor expo with a booth for the MTA/District 6. Hopefully this will happen, but the forecast for tomorrow is calling for two FEET of snow in our area. C’mon, us hickbillies get shook up over two INCHES of snow, when they start talkin’ about measuring snow in feet, man, that’s crazy. Guess this means we’ll be waiting on the otter line for a few days.

We ended the regular furbearer season fairly happy. I’ve decided that I just don’t have enough get-up-and-go to do it the way it needs to be done. At one time we had maybe fifty traps set for predators on about eleven farms, and we need twice that many on twenty farms. But fuel prices hurt bad this season. Plus, there’s all those GATES. Man, I’ve never opened and closed so many in my life. New rule for next year- only one gate per property. More than that and we’ll just have to set somewhere else! I know I’m whining- we DID have a good season, with some beautiful animals.

Albert Hempel is supposed to be finding us a date and location for a spring meeting, but at the time of this writing I haven’t heard from him. We’re looking at April 2nd at the Bolivar fairgrounds. Stay tuned to the Mountainman and the MTA website for more information.

So now we’re waiting on the snow and I’m thinkin’ about all that otter sign I found while running the predator line, safe and sure that we had plenty of time to get them caught.Mother Nature proves to us quickly that there is hardly ever enough time- hope ya’ll are having better luck. Best to everyone.

— Dale Verts

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