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
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Hi guys (and gals),
We just got back from the MTA Annual meeting in Linn Creek. It was very well attended. Both of our by-laws changes passed. It was good to hear about the Proposition B information. I know I will be voting NO on Proposition B “the Puppy Mill Proposition”.
I want to thank Robbie Page and Dale Verts for all the work they did to make the Fall Rendezvous a success. There were a bunch of folks from District 6 who pitched in and did one heck of a job making everything work. Thanks go out to all the people who did some of the things that were different than normal. Thank you all.
Congratulations to the award winners, especially the Hall of Fame inductees. These are guys who have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Congratulations! Through it all they have stayed the course. They are still out there showing us how to trap, when to trap, where to trap. Even from the grove there are those still teaching us and asking us to be the best we can be.
It’s time to get ready. To go ask permission and get traps ready; to get the skinning room and fleshing beam ready. There are still several events coming up this fall. I’m sure I will learn a lot. Be safe and be careful out there.
— Doren Miller
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Fall is in the air. The mornings and nights are now cool. The Fall Rendezvous is now behind us and the anticipation of another trapping season is now upon us. This is my favorite time of year. I’m sure that I’m not alone with this feeling when the days start getting shorter, the weather gets cooler, and the foliage starts changing colors. I want to congratulate District #6 and Dale Verts for a job well done with the Fall Rendezvous in Linn Creek. We had a record turnout with over 750 registrations. We had a record attendance at all of the demos. We also had a large number of venders present that weekend. I want to personally thank Dale, District #6, and all of the volunteers who took part in making this convention a success. There were several people who stood out to me, but for fear of forgetting to leave anyone out, you know who you are and I appreciate all that you have done. Thank you.
I do want to thank some venders for their donations towards providing traps for the MTA’s trap setting contests that were used at this years rendezvous and all the future rendezvous.
Thank you Rick Hemseth of R&M Lures, Carlis Stevens of Sudden Valley Supply, Thad and Nancy Davis of Thompson Snares, Jeb with Okie Cable and Trap Supply, Tom Olson with Bogmasters, Doren and Lynn Miller of Miller Fur Company, and the various tailgaters who provided these traps. I also want to thank everyone who made donations for our auction. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Last weekend I met with Karl Rice in Chilocothe to meet with Steve Radcliff, care taker of the new ag career center, to look over the grounds and to start making plans for the 2011 Fall Rendezvous which will be hosted by District #8. Larry Liebig, Karl Rice, and District #8 are a great bunch of people and I have no doubt that next years rendezvous will be outstanding. Missouri will also be hosting the National Trappers Association convention in Columbia next August. Rick Friedrich will be needing volunteers, so give him a call to see what he needs for you to do. Make sure to attend both conventions, it is going to be a great year.
This weekend I will be back in District #8 to attend their fall meeting in Stewartsville and will be giving them a heads up about the 2011 Fall Rendezvous and begin will the planning process. The next weekend, October 9th and 10th, Jennifer Pantry with District #1 will be having a trapping clinic near Lancaster. On October 16th and 17th, Keith Donaldson and District #7 will be having a trapping clinic at the Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge. October 23rd and 24th Tom Westhoff and District #2 will be having a trapping clinic at the Whetstone Conservation Area in Williamsburg. Make sure to attend one of these clinics near you and bring some youngsters along with you. I promise it will be a great time. Also don’t forget to send in for a lot number for the upcoming fur auctions. Look for the ad in this months issue of the T&PC for further details or go to www.missouritrappersassociation.org. That is about all I have for now. I will look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming clinics and fur auctions. Have a safe and enjoyable trapping season.
— Robbie Page
Well the Fall Rendezvous has come & gone and it was a good one. If you didn’t get to attend you missed out on a lot of fun and good food.
Dale & Robbie did a good job of getting everything organized. There was a lot of vendors from all over, selling everything related to trapping and other things also for non trappers.
It takes a lot of work and a lot of people to put on a good Rendezvous. And I would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway to make this one of the best. I would also like to thank my crew for all the hard work with the Fish Fry. Jim & Steff Weselok, Kent & Diana Cook, Dale & Judy Pickett, Janet Pickett, Bob Whitworth & Alice Lutjin, Justin, my daughter in-law Brenda, my wife Elaine and anyone else who helped in any way, if I forgot to mention you, I’m sorry. You all know who you are. Thanks again.
We fed a lot of people and hoped they liked it.
Well it is time to put this in the mail and get to the trap shed and do some work.
Till next time good hunting & trapping.
— Paul Webb