North Carolina Trappers Association January 2011 Report

President — Rodney Stancil, 8706 Flower Hill Road, Middlesex, NC 27557; phone: 919-284-3924; e-mail: stancilwildlifeservices@yahoo.com

Vice President — Prune Windspear, 156 Hannah Lori Drive, Cameron, NC 28326; e-mail: beaverdude44@yahoo.com

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

General Organizer — John Gerber, 192 Forest Walk Way, Mooresville, NC 28115; phone: 336-885-1012; e-mail: g3marketing@northstate.net

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

Newsletter Editor — Vacant

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
Karen Rose
1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Greetings to all fellow trappers, I would like to start this report by giving credit where credit is due.

Since it was founded in 1972, the NCTA has gone through many changes. From a small group of concerned trappers, it’s ranks grew to 1,000 plus members during the fur boom of the early 1980’s, only to shrink back to a skeleton crew during the rock bottom fur prices of the 1990’s. In the last decade, we have seen a modest surge in our ranks. As many people who saw the fur boom through a child’s eyes, have rediscovered the joy of the trap line as adults. Many others see trapping as a way to extend there enjoyment of the outdoors through the winter months. This resurgence could not have come at a better time.

In the past few years, this organization has gone through a changing of the guard. Many new directors and officers have been elected. This has allowed for others, some who have served the NCTA since the late 70’s, to step aside and enjoy a much deserved rest. People like Wayne and Karen Rose, who have put in 30 plus years doing the jobs they were elected to do, as well as countless jobs they did simply because they needed to be done. Long time general organizer David Underwood, who stepped down last year, still attends every meeting, as well as works tirelessly at every convention to make sure things run smoothly. Tonnie Davis, who recently stepped down as Vice President and acting President, jobs he has been called on countless times to fill, has graciously agreed to stay on as director for district 5. I appreciate him doing so, as we need his council and insight. We owe these people a debt that would be hard for us to repay.

In other news, we had out BOD meeting on November 7th at the bow hunters club in Mcleanesville, NC. Darien Huffman gave a report on the possibility of selling merchandise on our Website. He’s working on pricing now to see if this venture is worth the trouble. We are still working at this time on obtaining furs to have a display for each of our 9 districts. Prune Windspear has been handling this, and can contacted on our Website if you have furs to donate.

We are also still working on the fox trapping issue, and expect a full report from lobbyist Michael Mann at our next BOD meeting. This report will determine how we proceed on this issue.
Josh Beisecker is our new newsletter editor, and has worked up a rough draft for his first issue. This letter will be released bi-annually, and once up and running, Josh will need your input to make this newsletter a success.

Well, that’s about all I have for now. I hope you all have a fantastic trapping season, and please remember to take a kid on the line if possible, they are our future.

— Tony White

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