New Hampshire Trappers Association April-May 2009

President — Dwight Pennell, P.O. Box 136, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816; phone: 603-539-7954

Vice President — Larry Torr, 75 Polly Ann MHC Gerrish Rd Dover, NH 03820 (603) 742-7554

Membership Director — Roger Burnham, 159 North Shore Rd., Hebron, NH 03241; phone: 603-744-3561; e-mail: nhtrapper@metrocast.net

Clerk – Bill Anderson, Box 114, South Springfield, NH 03284; phone: 603-763-5548

Treasurer — Mike Kazak, 72 Riverview Dr., Charlestown, NH 03603; phone: 603-826-3959

Education Director — Mike Morrison, 49 Laura Ln. Keene, NH 03431; phone: 603-352-8468

NTA Director — Steve Bennett 16 Spruce Cove Rd. Northwood, NH 03234 (603) 496-4353

Legislative Director — Scott Borthwick, P.O. Box 81, Canaan, NH 03741; phone: 603-523-9284

NH Fish & Game Liasion — Fred Shepard, P.O. Box 23, Deerfield, NH 03037; phone: 603-463-7473

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $24
• Family with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 16) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The 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
Roger Burnham
159 N. Shore Rd., Hebron, NH 03241
E-mail: NHTrappers@aol.com
http://www.nhtassoc.org

REPORT

The third Annual Banquet was held Feb. 21, 2009, at the Makris Lobster and Steak House in Concord, NH. Event organizer Steve Bennett and NTA directors were able to sell all 100 tickets this year. Thank you to all of the members and directors that volunteered time to help set up and organize the event. Thank you also to those businesses that donated items for the auction. Items were available through silent auctions, a short live auction and through various drawings. This event has grown each year so the association will be looking for a larger venue next year to accommodate more attendees as well as additional auction space. Thanks again to Steve Bennett for making this banquet a success. And the food was great.

Legislative Director Fred Shepard had been following legislation that was going to committee Feb. 17 at the State House. House Bill 559 sought to change the role of the NH Fish and Game Commission from its current position as a check against the executive director to one of advisory only. The bill also looked to change the criteria of those that could sit on the board — from the current requirements of a nominee being a licensed sportsmen and a member of a sportsmen’s club — to include any outdoor enthusiast AND a position on the board for a representative from an animal protectionist group. Ouch! Thanks to Fred and other directors for calling around and rounding up trappers and sportsmen to contact their representatives and thanks to those NHTA members that took the time on the 17th to attend the public session and hear testimony. Association Vice President Larry Torr spoke on behalf of the NHTA in opposition to this bill. Those attending the hearing in favor of the bill totaled less than ten individuals. Those attending in opposition: 130+. Word on the street was that this bill was likely to be killed in committee. Thanks again Fred for keeping an eye on this one.

The association set up a booth in Franklin again this year, March 14 and 15. The Franklin Sportsmen’s Show was held at the Franklin High School this year; hope you stopped and visited the directors who took time out of a weekend to man the booth.

April 18 is the date for this year’s Discover Wild NH Day at the NH Fish and Game Department Headquarters in Concord, NH. NHTA will have a display again this year. This event always proves to be great exposure for the association. Directors agreed to purchase an additional 500 Fur Takers Association wildlife fact cards for children to collect.

The spring meeting will be held Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Belknap Sportsmen’s Club. The Club house is located on 11C, or Lily Pond Road, in Gilford. Lily Pond Road is the short road between routes 11b and 11 that goes by the airport. Doors will open at 7 a.m. A vendor will be available with coffee and doughnuts.

Best to all.

— Paul DeBow

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