North Carolina Trappers Association October 2012 Report

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

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;

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;

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


Hello fellow NC trappers,I hope this report finds you well. By the time most of you receive this issue,the NCTA fall convention will have come and gone. The convention always gets me pumped up for the coming season. I come home with new equipment, books and videos and a ton of ideas. This burst of enthusiasm will take me right into the first day of the season and I sometimes wish that I could bottle it and use it in the spring and summer months and unleash it when working on association buisness. Dealing with politics and trying to effect game law change is not as much fun as making the perfect bobcat set or taking an otter from a well placed 330. Talking to those of you who come to the convention reinforces for me the reasons for doing this job. I like hearing your ideas and thoughts on what our association should be working on. We (the BOD) work for you. We need your input for this to work and you don’t have to be an officer or director to have input on what we do or to have a physical role in shaping our trapping regulations. You just have to get involved. Most of our county fox seasons have been secured by people like yourselves who stood up together and made a case for change. Trappers,by nature, are individuals and we find it harder to organize when compared to other sporting groups. We need to work on that.

I want to urge anyone who has not taken our trappers ed course to do so when we start again in the spring. Trappers young and old can benefit from our 1 day course and for those of you who seek a little more in depth course,we are again going to offer our 3 day course. I know that some are put off by the cost,but this kind of education can cut years off your learning curve. The actual return on this is worth much more than the actual price.

I am going to close for now but next month I will have a full report on the convention. September is the time to get out in the field and start scouting. Most of you have a son, daughter or a neighborhood kid who has shown some interest in the outdoors. Please take them with you and nurture that interest. The average age of sportsman in this country is getting older and older. We need to pass our love of the outdoors on to the next generation to ensure that our interests and values are carried on. There are a lot of things out there vying for a kid’s attention these days and not all of it is good. Giving them an outdoor interest to channel their energy towards will have many positive rewards for all of us. — Tony W. White

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