North Carolina Trappers Association August 2012 Report

www.nctrapper.org

President — Rodney Stancil, 2270 Glendale Rd., Kenly, NC 27542; 919-284-4498; stancilwildlifeservices@yahoo.com

Vice President — Tony White, 1318 Soundneck Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Secretary — Sharon Underwood, 4488 NC 218, Peachland, NC 28133; 704-272-7876

Membership Secretary/Merchandise Coordinator — Darien Huffman, 382 Zimmerman Road, Lexington, NC 27295; 336-775-4778

Assistant Membership Secretary — Vacant

Treasurer — Joey Smith, 262 Mewborn Church Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580; 919-738-4683

NTA Director — Nelson Pearce, 5612 Hopkins Chapel Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597; (H)919 269 6710; (C) 919 868 5592; nelsonpearce@att.net

General Organizer — David Underwood, 4488 NC 218, Peachland, NC 28133; 704-272-7876

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

Newsletter Editor — Josh Biesecker, 307 Bridget Way, Creedmoor, NC 27522; 919-880-4046

 

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Youth membership (under age 16) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $10

• Lifetime membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $250

• Senior citizens 70 years or older with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $12

 

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

NCTA, Membership Secretary

Darien Huffman

382 Zimmerman Road

Lexington, NC 27295

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello fellow NC trappers,I hope this letter finds you doing well. August is upon us and while we suffer through the dog days and dream of crisp fall weather,I’ll try to bring you up to speed on NCTA happenings.

The NCTA in conjunction with the NCWRC has put on several trapper training courses this summer and I am proud to say that these past few classes have put us over the 700 mark for students having completed this course. A very big thank you is due for our officers and directors,past and present,who graciously volunteer their time to teach these classes. I also want to say a big thanks to our wrc hunters ed specialist ,David Denton, who has done an outstanding job of developing and teaching this course. His efforts and dedication to our sport have made this course a true success story.

I have no new news to report on our ongoing fight to gain a statewide fox trapping season. It seems that our fox study bill is having a hard time finding sponsorship in the legislature. I know that I must sound like a broken record,but we give up on this bill. Even though we may not be moving forward at the moment,we can’t afford to lose any of the ground we have fought so hard to gain. This includes our county fox seasons. The more counties we can gain a fox season in,the better model we have to show the benefits of a statewide season.

Moving along,it’s time to start thinking about our annual fall convention which will be held on the last Friday and Saturday of September as always. This will be two days jam-packed with demos,contests,trapping supply vendors, the awesome Friday night cookout and the Saturday auction. This year,we have a few really special items on the auction. Mr. Jim Knox has generously donated six NCTA collector series knives which are as follows:

1) 1988 year of the bobcat #002

2) 1989 year of the otter #180

3) 1990 year of the muskrat #180

4) 1991 year of the mink #180

5) 20th anniversary special- beaver

6)1993 opossum

Also, Mr. Frank Newell has donated season hunting rights to a deer stand on his property in Warren county for the upcoming deer season. These are great items to bid on for yourself or a friend or family member and we thank these gentlemen for their generosity. So please make plans to come and join us. Bring the family,bring a friend, everyone is welcome.

Just a couple more items concerning the convention. Our ladies auxiliary works tirelessly every year to make our convention a success and they can always use an extra hand or two. So if you come,and you can spare a few minutes,please stop by and ask if there’s any thing that you can help with. I’m not just talking to the ladies here either, We have plenty of men who help and all help will be appreciated. I also want to urge you to show your support to our trapping supply vendors. These folks travel long distances to set tup at our convention and we need to buy what we can from them. In the case of traps and other heavy items,you can save on shipping by picking them up at the convention.

One more item, in order to serve the kids better, I will set up a kids table this year rather than do a demo. We have a lot of stuff to try to squeeze into two days and some kids contests are going on at the same time as my demo usually. This way, the kids can stop by as the are looking around and not have to miss anything. I’ll have trapping supplies and trapper magazines to give away and plenty of experienced trappers around to answer questions.

Well, I’ll close for now and retreat to “manland” to work on traps and dream of cooler weather. Please remember to take a kid along on any of your outdoor pursuits. It will be time well spent. — Tony W. White

 

CONVENTION REPORT

The NCTA annual Fall Convention will be held on September 28th, 29th at the Johnston county livestock Arena in Smithfield,NC. There will be two full days of demos,contests,trapping supply vendors and family fun. Please plan to attend and bring the family.

Thank you. — Tony W. White, Vice president

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