North Carolina Trappers Association December 2012 Report

www.nctrapper.org

President — Tony White, 1318 Soundneck Rd. Elizabeth City, NC 27909; 252-330-2327

Vice President — Neal Jennings, 3037 Shady Grove Ch. Rd. East Bend, NC 27018; 336-699-3947

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

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

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello fellow NC Trappers,

I hope this writing finds you well. I have news for you from the convention, so lets get started.

By all accounts, this years convention was one of our best ever. The weather cooperated for the most part, the vendors reported brisk sales, we had awesome demos, and a better then expected crowd. At our general membership meeting, the attending body voted to raise the membership rates to $25 annually and $350 for a lifetime membership. This will help us to better serve NC trappers. Also, Tom Tyree of Nafa presented the NCTA with a check for $498.42. This represents a percentage of furs shipped to Nafa by North Carolina Trappers.

The ladies auxiliary did an amazing job, and raised $1441.95, plus $586 in donations from the Friday night cookout, for a total of $2027.95. I will mention here again that the ladies auxiliary could always use more help. I would also like to thank Kevin Myers, Todd Creech, Council Burney, Harold Dorcet, and Rodney Stancil for all their hard work manning the grills. If you didn’t get enough to eat, it was your own fault.

Awards given out at the General Membership meeting were as follows…

NCTA Supporter of the year : Alamance Wildlife club

NCTA Director of the year : David Allen

NCTA Trapper of the year : Nelson Pierce

NCTA Hall of Fame : Dan Jones

NCTA President’s award : David and Sharon Underwood

Youngest person present : Kadie Beasley (4 months)

Oldest person present : Charles Baker (73 years old)

Most tickets sold : Dan Jones

 

Katie Kobersy and John Raxter presented the following contest awards:

 

Adult Black Powder : 1st place Lucas Brewer

2nd place Carl Murphy

3rd place Marty Rowell

 

Youth Black Powder : 1st place Savannah Royal

2nd place Mike Barone

 

Adult Archery : 1st place Marty Rowell

2nd place Shane Phillips

3rd place Sam Griffith

 

Youth Archery : 1st place Stacy Rowell

2nd place Dillon Heath

3rd place Mike Barone

 

Adult trap setting : 1st place Lucas Brewer

2nd place Neil Jennings

3rd place Kent Eanes

 

Youth trap setting : 1st place Devin Mai

2nd place Dustin Watson

3rd place Charleigh Baker

 

Ladies rolling pin : 1st place Jennifer Caldwell

2nd place Donna Tremper

3rd place Autumn Shuke

 

Youth rolling pin : 1st place Ashley Murphy

2nd place Charleigh Baker

3rd place Chanler Baker

 

Girls rolling pin : 1st place Emily Beasley

2nd place Mary Grace Murphy

 

Pumpkin coloring 13 – 16 : 1st place Autumn Shuke

2nd place Dillon Heath

3rd place Devin Mai

 

Pumpkin coloring 7 – 12 : 1st place Zachary Creech

2nd place Taryn Robinson

3rd place Ashley Murphy

 

Pumpkin coloring 1 – 6 : 1st place Emily Beasley

2nd place Mary Grace Murphy

3rd place Micheal Barletter

 

Youth seed spitting : 1st place Jonathan Murphy

2nd place Dillon Heath

3rd place Taryn Robinson

 

Childrens seed spitting : 1st place Danny Rowell

2nd place Mary Grace Murphy

3rd place Emily Beasly

 

The following people won the raffle drawings …

 

Tony White’s kids buckets : Chandler Davis

David Underwood kids bucket : Savannah Royal

Donation of traps and stretchers for ladies auxiliary : David Underwood

10/22 Ruger Gun Raffle : Terry Steedman

 

I don’t have a total yet for the money raised through the gun and boat raffle, but I’ll have it for next month’s report. I’d like to say Thank you to Richard Henson for donating 2 creek boats (1 for raffle, 1 for auction).

I’d like to mention here that it did me good to see Marco and Denise Gibbs at the convention. Marco has been battling Cancer for the last year or so and has got to be one of the toughest men I know. He is well on his way to recovery now, and we wish them the best. For those of you who don’t know, David Underwood had to be hospitalized the week after the convention, and spent a total of 11 days in the hospital. In speaking with Sharon, she says he’s doing fine, but just a little weak from his ordeal. Our best wishes go out to the Underwood family. They are truly the backbone of our organization.

1 more thing I need to mention is the 3 day Advanced Trapping course. The details are as follows:

If you want to trap like a pro, learn from the pros.

Advanced Trapping Workshop

The NCTA has an advanced trapping workshop that lasts for three days. This is 3 days of intensive, hands on instruction by many of the best trappers in NC. This trapping training workshop is primarily field oriented and most time is spent in the field setting traps, learning about traps and equipment, learning about habitat, animal habits, and considerations that will help to improve your catches. Additionally, there is time spent addressing trap modification, fur handling, and animal damage control. The advanced trapping workshops are conducted to give individuals the opportunity to further their knowledge by running an actual live trapline.

Partnering with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), special educational use permits, allow attendees to set traps outside of the regular trapping season. Most animals caught will be released but a few males may be dispatched to show proper euthanasia methods and for skinning/fleshing demonstrations. Students do not have to attend the basic trapping workshop in order to participate in the advanced workshop but it is recommended especially if you are new to trapping.

The advanced workshop costs $300 per person which covers all the meals from dinner the night of arrival through lunch the afternoon of departure, all snacks and drinks, and lodging for both nights are included. See you, rain or shine!

The next workshop will be May 17-19, 2013 at the Millstone 4-H Camp near Ellerbee in Richmond County in the south central part of the state.

Registration will begin Oct. 2012.

To register or for more information go to: http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/26041

After registering online, please contact our Education Coordinator, Todd Menke, at minkster@netzero.net. Todd will provide you with the address to mail your $100 deposit that is required to hold your reservation. The $200 balance is due by April 30, 2013. Make all checks payable to NCTA and mail them to the address provided by Todd Menke.

Limited spaces don’t delay register now

WE try to have two or three instructors for each phase of instruction.

Tentative Instructors list:

ALLEN, DAVID

HOLLAND BILLY

Huffman, Charles D (RAISIN)

JONES, DANIEL D

MENKE, TODD

Murphy, CARL

MYERS, KEVIN

PIERCE, JAMES

ROYAL, WILEY

SINK LEARY

STANCIL, RODNEY

STOREY, ERIC

TAYLOR, CLAUDE

WHITE, TONY

DENTON, DAVID

I’ll close for now, please remember to take a kid with you in any of your outdoor pursuits, it’s time well spent. — Tony White

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