North Carolina Trappers Association February 2013 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; 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 T&PC — $25

• Youth membership (under 16) with T&PC — $15

• Lifetime membership with subscription to T&PC — $350

• Senior citizens 70 years or older with T&PC — $20

• Youth supporter without subscription — $10

• Adult supporter without subscription — $15

• Lifetime supporter without subscription — $100

 

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 report finds you well and your fursheds filling up quickly. As I write this,Christmas has passed and Newyears is fast approaching. This is the time of year when we all take stock in what we have done in the past year and make resolutions for the coming year. These resolutions are easy to make but sometimes hard to keep. I for one am going to try to do more for others. That includes my association. Time is a prescious commodity and often in short supply in todays frantic world but I think that if we all try,we can squeeze out a little time to help someone out.

We have some events coming up that I want to mention

1) 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 three instructors for each phase of instruction.

This course can cut years off your learning curve and is well worth the price,especially when you consider that your meals and lodging are included.

2) The Dixie Deer Classic will be March 1st,2nd,&3rd at the Raleigh state fairgrounds. This show is 3 days of events,exibits and hunting product vendors that should not be missed.

We will once again be manning the booth for the NCTA and I invite you all to come out and show your support. We will be raffling off on of Richard Hinsons “Creekboats” and a Mossburg 835 12 ga. pump shotgun in camo so please stop by and purchase some tickets. This is one of our biggest fund raisers and helps us in our fight to keep your right to trap. I usually have past President Jimmy Pearce sitting in the booth and the man is a coyote trapping machine so again, stop by and see us. If you would like to help out at the booth, you can contact me at carolinawoodsman65@yahoo.com or Josh Biesecker at squirrelshot1981@yahoo.com. We can always use the help to give those of us in the booth a chance to get out and stretch our legs.

There has been no new movement on our fox bill but we are not giving up on it by any means. I will once again urge you to work on establishing a season in your county if you don’t have one currently. Every county we can get a season in will act as a model and a data resource for a statewide season. Explain to your landowners that controling their coyote problems would be alot easier if you could keep the fox you catch as well. Contact any other group in your area that has an interest in controlling predators(livestock growers, small game and bird hunters etc.). We will just keep chipping away at this until we get it.

Well, my fingers are getting tired so I’ll wrap this up. Please remember to take a kid along with you on your outdoor indevors, it is deffinately time well spent. — Tony White

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  1. Hello! I use to be a member and a trapper,it has been a long time and i want to get back in the game for 2013-2014! I live in Reidsville,Rockingham county NC and i want to know if you can tell me where i can go and buy my traps and other things i need to get back started?I use to buy from a man who had a store in Basset VA,he was with in driving range for me,but i can not remember the name and do not know if the store is still there?Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Dodson

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