North Carolina Trappers Association August 2009 Report

President — Jimmy Pierce, 201 Rhodes St., Wendell, NC 27591; phone: 919-365-4961;cell phone: 919-801-2562; e-mail: beaverstop@nc.rr.com

Vice President — Tonnie Davis, 167 Ole Cabin Rd., Roxboro, NC 27573; phone: 336-597-3619

Secretary — Sharon Underwood, Rt. 1 Box 416, Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876

Membership Secretary — Karen Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

Assistant Membership Secretary — Krista Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

Treasurer — Wayne Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

General Organizer — David Underwood, Rt. 1, Box 416, Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876

Education Coordinator — Todd Menke, 2663 Tar River Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27522; phone: 919-528-9063; e-mail: minkster@netzero.net

NTA Director — Tim Wilson, 5320 Stokes Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146; phone: 252-758-8191

Newsletter Editor — Vacant

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Youth membership (under age 16) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $250
• Senior citizens 70 years or older with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
NCTA, Membership Secretary
Karen Rose
1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

NTA 6th Annual Southeastern Regional Convention on May 1-3, 2009 was a great success! Karola Owen, NTA’s Vice President gave NCTA and its volunteers many compliments as to how it was managed, the food and the location at the Senator Bob Martin Agricultural Center, Williamston, N.C. “A great job by all involved.” “It was perfect.” A personal thanks to President Jimmy Pierce for suggesting we host the Southestern Regional and to his efforts in making it happen. To Wayne Rose, many thanks for his coroboration with the Agricultural Center personnel and management. And to all the volunteers he assigned to take care of numerous tasks and needs. Results were that everyone had a great time with no problems! At our May 31 Board Meeting, the Board voted to put our name (NCTA) in the hat to host the regional again.

We need to recognize some folks that made this an outstanding event.

Keith and Pam with the Bob Martin Agricultural Center;

Sarah Katherine Adams with the Martin County Tourism;

Friday Night’s Dinner by Trapperman.com Feed : Rodney Stancil, Prune Winspear, Keith French, John Deaton, Jon Lowery, David Underwood, Kevin Myers, Biscuit Harris

Working the Gate: Tim Wilson, Claudie Taylor, Council Burney, Wiley Royal, Tonnie Davis, Armon Waters, Linnie Nichols, Ronnie Watson, Richard Hinson

Use of Outdoor Grill: Vernon Thompson

Donation of a Creek Boat: Richard Hinson

Demos: Tony White and Leary Sink

Tailgaters & Campers: David Underwood and Dan Jones

Vendors: John Gerber

Publicity: Josh Biesecker

NCTA Table: Karen Rose and Sharen Underwood

NCWRC Div. of Wildlife Enforcement Hunter Education

Dept of Agricultral Wildlife Services

I’m sure many other donations were made by vendors and individuals. A big thanks to all!
Thanks to the N.C. Wildlife Commission for requesting legislation to legalize use of #280 bodygripper traps. Senate Bill 1011 was amended in the House Wildlife Commitee to allow large size bodygripper – 6 x 60 and the MB 12 x 16. The law, allowing the new traps now available, will help you be a more efficient beaver trapper.

Plans are already under way for our Fall Convention in Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina.

2010 Advanced Trapper Education Workshop NC Divsion of Forest Resources Mountail Training Facility in Crossnore, NC will be held April 2-4, 2010. Nine Trappers have already signed up! Lodging and all training materials for $300. As well as great food, knowledge and fellowship!
Jimmy Pierce turned in his written resignation effective immediately May 3, 2009. The Board will elect a new President at the convention.

On a side note, I just received my fur check. Let me insert that I have researched and endured more fur markets than most of you. It would be nice if it was as good as the 1928 Winter Fur Market, of which I have a copy. Keep in mind, you could buy a new Ford for just over $400. Fox were $40 each, Mink $40 and Raccoon $23. You could get a coke for 5 cents and get a 1 cent return for the bottle! A dollar then would purchase a lot more then than it will today! The fur market will return. In the mean time, just trap and enjoy matching wits with nature’s best — the mink, fox and coyotes!

— Tonnie Davis

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