President — Larry Torr, 75 Polly Ann MHC Gerrish Rd Dover, NH 03820 603-742-7554
Vice President — Jack Yazinski, 403 Bible Hill Road, Claremont, NH 03743; 603-542-3367
Membership Director — Roger Burnham, 159 North Shore Rd., Hebron, NH 03241; 603-744-3561; firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk – Bill Anderson, Box 114, South Springfield, NH 03284; 603-763-5548
Treasurer — Mike Kazak, 72 Riverview Dr., Charlestown, NH 03603; 603-826-3959
Education Director — Mike Morrison, 49 Laura Lane, Keene, NH 03431; 603-209-3823
NH Fish & Game Liasion — Fred Shepard, P.O. Box 23, Deerfield, NH 03037; 603-463-7473
• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $24
• Family with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 16) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $300
• Life (over 65) — $100
• Life (over 75) — Free w/previous continuous three membership
• The NHTA requires a Mission Statement for all new members to be signed and dated. The Mission Statement is on the application. Please send a letter, call or e-mail requesting a membership application to Roger Burnham address below.
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
NHTA Secretary/Membership Director
159 N. Shore Rd., Hebron, NH 03241
The New Hampshire Trappers Association held its annual Spring Meet at the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Club in Gilford, NH April 22nd, 2012. Bailey’s Trapping Supplies was set up to sell supplies/gear. Thank you Bill for taking the day to offer goods to NH trappers.
NHTA Membership Director Roger Burnham demonstrated the skinning of a beaver and the extraction of the castor gland. NHTA President Larry Torr demonstrated the fleshing and stretching of the beaver. Merrimack County Director Jim Hawkins demonstrated the setting of a fisher trap on a pole. Thank you gentlemen.
There was a “beans and hot dogs” meal with a few potato salads and the like in the mix. Thank you to all the directors that provided a crock-pot item. Thank you – mostly to Belknap County Director Brian Denutte for set up and clean up of the meal.
The Spring Meet concluded with a Director’s Meeting. This meeting also served as the monthly meeting for the first Tuesday in May. NHF&G liaison Fred Shepard updated the group on a few items at NH Fish and Game. He attended a
NH House/Senate hearing this month and testified on behalf of NHTA supporting NHF&G’s opposition to a bill that would allow sportsmen to carry larger firearms while in the woods after sunset. The bill was defeated.
He also briefed us on a NHF&G Commissioner’s meeting where they voted in favor of adding rules that will limit the use of certain traps in the northern part of the state. Since a lynx was caught on video along with a few kits in northern NH, NHF&G has wanted to be proactive in instituting rules that will limit types of traps and certain sets that may accidentally trap and/or kill lynx. Lynx are on the federal and state endangered species list.
Rockingham County Director Steve Schlangen has tickets for the ten-gun fall raffle printed and ready for distribution to directors. Contact a director if you would like some to buy or sell. Steve can be reached at: 603-895-0686.
Membership Director Roger Burnham announced that there are now some options on the renewal form that comes in the mail for the Trapper & Predator Caller. The form will now allow for the selection of one, two or three year memberships.
NHTA President Larry Torr, speaking in place of the vacant NTA director, mentioned a few national incidents where trappers or sportsmen have posted pictures of dead animals on line and later found those images being used by animal rights activists to support their cause. Be careful while on line posting pictures and commenting on posts that may offend those that are not accustomed to seeing animals in the same light that we view them.
NH F&G Hunter/Trapper Education Coordinator Tom Flynn attended the meeting and spoke on a few topics. He is interested in recruiting a few, or several, new trapper education instructors. He is down to a precious few that carry the load statewide. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact Tom at the NHF&G Owl Brook Facility: 603-536-3954.
The association was present with the trapper’s cabin at the annual “Discover Wild NH Day” at the NH Fish and Game headquarters in Concord April 21st, 2012. This event is free to the public and drew hundreds of outdoors-orientated individuals: great exposure for NHTA. Thank you to the officers and directors who took this day to interact with the public on behalf of the NHTA.
Best to all. — Paul DeBow, Grafton County Director